Concerned over the slow pace of railway projects, the Kanyakumari District Railway Users’ Association (KKDRUA) has urged the MPs to voice the demands of the state.
“The state has always been at the receiving end of the lobbying done by other states.
This is mainly because the representatives are not pitching in well for the state,” said P Edward Jeni, secretary of KKDRUA.
Meanwhile, the association has also demanded that the railways speed up the related works of the Palakkad Coach Factory.
“The construction of the factory was inaugurated in February this year by former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.
However, the construction is currently moving at a snail’s pace,” Edward said.
The association also cited the example of the Sabari Rail project which had commenced in the 1990s, that called for quick measures in order to make the project a reality.
“The railway lines have become saturated and there are hardly any new lines to accommodate the newly announced trains.
This is a negative point as numerous trains are lost to other states for the failure to accommodate the additional ones,” he added.
Meanwhile, they have also raised objections to the steps being taken by the Railway Board to create a separate division in Tirunelveli.
Nagercoil and Kanyakumari will be removed from under the Thiruvananthapuram division to the new division.