Sanctioning stops for seven trains at Kazhakkoottam railway station was the realisation of the earnest hopes of thousands of passengers which is reflecting in the tremendous rise in the number of tickets sold during the past week and in the grand reception accorded to the trains by residents and techies.
However, it is too early to say that the travellers are all smiles as the station has miles to go regarding basic amenities such as rest rooms and refreshment stalls. “We can see that the station does not confront a space-crunch to set up the facilities.
The absence of these facilities is causing more inconvenience to women passengers. As railways took a favourable approach in allotting stops at the station, we expect the same in the case of providing the basic facilities too,” said Rajeev Krishnan, secretary of the socio-cultural organisation Prathidhwani at Technopark.
A few months ago, when applications were called for starting refreshment stalls, Kazhakkoottam was among the stations that did not get any respondent.
The station is still listed in the ‘E’ category as it generates least revenue annually.
Assessing the income generated in the past week, per day, on an average more than 300 unreserved tickets are now being sold at the station and last Friday alone, 1,090 tickets were sold and an amount of Rs 68,026 was collected. If this trend continues, the station may generate more revenue compared to previous years and may get elevated to an upper category and to provide the amenities, float tenders might be floated again.