Lack of basic amenities puts Pudukkottai station in a mess

Extension of trains has led to rise in commuter traffic

Pudukkottai Stationपुदुक्कोट्टै Pudukkottai (PDKT): Lack of basic amenities at the railway station here for the past several years has put commuters at their wit’s end . Although tall promises had been made by railway authorities, nothing has improved on the ground, lament commuters.

Lack of drinking water has been a major problem. And the fact that taps remain disconnected speak volumes on the problem.

The absence of high-mast lamp and coach display board at the station make it difficult for commuters, particularly senior citizens, women and children, to locate trains. The problem has become acute over the last six months as commuter traffic has increased many fold due to the extension of several express train services to Pudukottai, says A.M.S. Ibrahim Babu, secretary, Pudukottai district railway users’ committee. R.Sivakumar, president of the committee, points out that the station should be upgraded into a junction to increase the duration for reservation. Presently, the reservation service is available only between 8 a.m. and noon, and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Those willing to reserve tickets through tatkal are the worst hit, as no exclusive tatkal counter is available at the station. The office-bearers of the committee pointed out that although top officials from the Dindigul division of the railways had inspected the station way back in October 2012, nothing has materialised so far. Action must be taken to restore drinking water supply to the station by drilling a borewell at Vellar – the nearest point of supply– they said.