New train enthuses commuters enroute
Nagarcoil (NCJ): Operation of the new Bengaluru-Nagercoil Express via Karur and Namakkal has received a good response from the public in the region. Though delayed, the launch of the new service via Karur-Namakkal-Salem section would benefit people from Karur and Namakkal districts immensely.
So far, people of Namakkal district lacked direct connectivity to southern districts and with Bengaluru. They were forced to travel either to Erode, Salem or Karur to catch trains for southern destinations involving a time consuming process.
The Railway Ministry had announced in the previous budget that a superfast express service connecting Bengaluru and Nagercoil would be introduced. Though the supposed timing of the train was scheduled, there was no sign of the train. It was under these circumstances that the Railways suddenly decided to launch the new service from Bengaluru on Friday.
Train number 17235 leaves Bengaluru at 5.00 p.m. and travelling via Bengaluru Cantonment, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Salem and Namakkal, the service reaches Karur at 12.35 a.m. and after a five minute halt proceeds via Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti, Tirunelveli and Valliyur to reach Nagercoil at 07.50 a.m. the day after. On return, train number 17236 leaves Nagercoil at 4.25 p.m. and reaches Karur Junction at 11.40 p.m. and reaches Bengaluru at 9.05 a.m. the next day.
“The train is a surprise gift to the people of Namakkal and Karur districts as we get additional and direct train to southern destinations. The service is the first direct long distance train via Salem-Karur broad gauge line, and we expect some more services in the sector now,” said K. V. Parasaran, a vegetables exporter based in Karur and Dindigul.
Another frequent traveller and textile entrepreneur who cater to domestic destinations P. Dinakaran observed that many small and medium textile manufacturers would benefit from the service as it connects two major markets in southern districts and Bengaluru.