A demonstration was staged by a large gathering of residents, representatives of merchant associations, railway passenger associations, NGOs, civic societies and political parties in front of the Tirupattur railway station on Sunday, demanding that railway authorities extend the services of Yelagiri Express from Jolarpet to Tirupattur railway station.
The Yelagiri Express was introduced nearly 30 years back, to operate between Jolarpet and Chennai in the early morning hours and back to Jolarpet in the evening. The train was meant to cater to the needs of students, employees and traders.
Heeding the plea made by the residents of Tirupattur and nearby villages, the services of this train was extended to Tirupattur. The train, instead of starting from Jolarpet, was started from Tirupattur, nearly ten km in the backward direction.
But this service was withdrawn in August last year, and since then Tirupattur residents have been making regular pleas to restart the services of the train.
Recently, the associations in Tirupattur had announced an agitation in this regard. A large gathering of residents and others had assembled in front of the Tirupattur station on Sunday, demanding the restoration of the train service to their town.
The railway, police and revenue officials intervened and pacified the agitators.