Hibi Eden MLA has asked Union Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to consider changing the names of Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town railway stations.
Currently, Ernakulam Junction station is known by the name ‘South’ and Ernakulam Town Station is called ‘North’. “These stations are not known by their official names. Even after so many years, people still get confused when they are told that the train has a halt at Ernakulam Town station or the Ernakulam Junction stations,” the MLA, who was present at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the escalators in Kochi on Thursday, said.
“In due consideration of the general public, we recommend that you do everything within your powers to demand a name change for the station,” Hibi Eden said.
Adhir Ranjan said the recommendation will be considered. However, he said that the procedures in this regard will be difficult.
Hibi added that there was a need for AC comfort stations, ladies comfort rooms, AC retiring rooms etc at the South station.
Meanwhile, Dominic Presentation MLA said that the move by the Railways to change the stop of the Kerala Express from the South station to the North station should be cancelled.
“The stop at the South station will be more convenient to the people who have to go to Fort Kochi and other places,” Dominic Presentation said.
Charles Dias MP demanded that the Emergency Quota (EQ) facility be extended to all trains.
Replying to this, Area Manager P L Ashok Kumar said that positive measures will be taken in this regard.