Arakkonam MLA S Ravi appealed to the authorities of Southern Railway to introduce a new Electrical Motor Unit (EMU) train service between Thiruthani and Chennai Beach via Arakkonam at the earliest.
An announcement regarding the introduction of the train service was made in the railway budget of 2012-13, but the service was yet to see the light of day, the MLA pointed out in a memorandum submitted by him to the chief operations manager S Anantharaman on Monday.
The MLA also underlined the need for the introduction of a circular train system (CTS) with Arakkonam as the centre, reasoning that Arakkonam was strategically connected with Chengalpattu, Tambaram and Chennai from all directions. Hence the CTS would greatly benefit the regular commuters from all the four stations, Ravi added. The MLA also mooted the establishment of a new railway station at Thanigaipolur village in his constituency while making a plea to stop all EMU trains at Ichipudur railway station near Arakkonam.
He also stressed on the need to increase the number of bogies of the electric trains between Arakkonam and Chennai, from 9 to 12. Accordingly, the length of the platforms in Arakkonam station should also be increased, he added. Ravi also requested the railway authorities to establish a ramp near Arakkonam station, touch screen information kiosks, an auto stand near the railway institute, renovation of the community hall and an unmanned gate at the Venkatesapuram railway crossing.
He also requested the authorities to arrange for trains including the Mangalore Express, Dadar Express, Trivandrum Mail, Barony Express, Karagpur Express, Indore Express, Shalimar Express, Patna Express, Dibrogarh Express, Trivandrum Express and Korba Express to halt at Arakkonam station.
The other plea by the MLA Ravi was to expedite the ongoing electrification work of the track in Thakkolam, Melpakkam and Paruthipudur areas.