Pudi (PUDI): Rail commuters have appealed to Southern Railway to consider extending trains from Arakkonam and Tiruttani to Pudi railway station that opens up an alternative route for travellers to reach Tirupati via Tiruchanoor.
In a memorandum to the Railway authorities, the Chennai-Tiruchanoor Train Passengers’ Association said by extending a few services from Arakkonam and Tiruttani and by introducing a one-minute stoppage for Chennai-Tirupati trains, passengers could save nearly two hours of up and down travel to Tirupati via Renigunta, whereas it took much less time on road via Tiruchanoor.
Association secretary Ganesh also wanted Southern Railway to upgrade Pudi, which is the last station under its jurisdiction before the South Central Railway takes over, as a major terminal given its strategic location and proximity to the pilgrim destination of Tirupati.
A stoppage at Pudi would help avoid the longer travel via Renigunta and the delays relating to signal clearance for direct trains from Chennai to Tirupati.
In terms of revenue earnings too Southern Railway stood to benefit in a big way as the option to reach Tirupati via Tiruchanoor in a much shorter time would find appeal among the lakhs of devotees to Tirumala.