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Not a ‘humsafar’ for passengers from Tiruvalla      

The new Kochuveli-Banaswadi-Kochuveli Humsafar Express was flagged off from Kochuveli railway station with great fanfare the other day.

Published: 22nd October 2018 09:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2018 09:26 AM   |  A+A-

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam flagging off the Kochuveli - Banaswadi Humsafar Express at Kochuveli railway station on Saturday. A Sampath MP and O Rajagopal MLA are also seen | Express

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The new Kochuveli-Banaswadi-Kochuveli Humsafar Express was flagged off from Kochuveli railway station with great fanfare the other day. But the train that was introduced to fulfil the transport requirements of people travelling between Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru doesn’t have stops in some major stations. Two such stations are Tiruvalla and Changanassery, which witness a lot of passenger traffic. Raising the issue, the passengers’ association has sent a letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

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According to Thomas Simon, general secretary, Western India Passenger’s Association, the train which was originally announced in the 2014 Rail Budget as a premium train does not even come under the superfast category. “Various excuses were cited for the delay and finally when it actually was launched, no stop has been slotted for the station which has maximum demand for seats to Bengaluru,” he said.
 “A large number of people from in and around Tiruvalla are residing or working in Bengaluru. Many luxury buses are plying services from Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Ranni and Kozhencherry to Bengaluru. A demographic analysis will reveal these people who depend upon the buses to reach their destinations in Bengaluru are passengers who can afford the premium rates of Humsafar Express,” he said.

According to him, an important fact that has to be noted is the train managed to get a space in the budget due to the persistent efforts of passengers from Pathanamthitta district. Mohit S, an engineering student, said: “A lot of students from Pathanamthitta district have to depend upon the luxury buses to travel to Bengaluru. We were hoping the launch of the new train would end our travel woes, but the Railways has poured cold water over our hopes.”

He, however, said the train timings were perfect and it would have served us well.“Tiruvalla is a ‘Class A’ station and is located in the heart of the town, which is currently celebrating its centenary as a municipality. It is an important station,” said Tobin Mathew, a Merchant Navy aspirant, whose brother works in Bengaluru.   

“We had written to the Railway Ministry several times in the past. How can a city with two Medical Colleges and several mainstream hospitals, educational institutions, pilgrimage and tourist centres not attract passengers? How can such a station be deemed to be not viable? The ministry must look into the statistics available and come up with an answer,” he said. 

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  • Mony

    Train stops at chengannur and tiruvalla people can easily board from there. Not a gòod practice to stop such trains in every nook and corner stations enroute. Why all trains should stop at tiruvalla. Then we also demand stops at mavelikkara and Changanacherry.
    1 year ago reply
    • Thomas Simon

      This train was approved in 2014 due to persistent demands from Tiruvalla / Pathanamthitta bound passengers
      1 year ago reply
    • Thomas Simon

      All trains must stop at Tiruvalla because there are more passengers from Tiruvalla
      1 year ago reply
  • vineed

    Chengannur can be easily accessed by these peoples no need lots of stop. similarly changanasserry people can use Kottayam
    1 year ago reply
    • Thomas Simon

      Absolutely. No need for a Chengannur Railway station. Most passengers who board trains from / to Chengannur are actually Tiruvalla passengers. Chengannur can be downgraded as a Halt station and Tiruvalla must be upgraded as a World Class stations
      1 year ago reply
      • Rajesh

        Tiruvalla station is not at all near mc road comparing Chengannur. So many trains are stopping there
        1 year ago reply
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