थाने Thane (TNA): The city’s Malayalee community met Thane MP Rajan Vichare on Tuesday and demanded more trains from Thane to Kerala. They claimed that the city doesn’t have too many outstation trains even though lakhs of commuters travel on a daily basis.
The All Thane Malayalee Association (ATMA) met Vichare and put forth their demand. They also asked him for a halt of outstation trains at Thane station. The recent railway fare hike was also discussed with him and they requested Vichare to try and roll back the hike.
A memorandum was handed over to Vichare, asking him to start additional facilities for Kerala-bound trains. ”Thousands of passengers from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai travel to Kerala regularly. But the trains are in a pathetic state and the services are not maintained. This makes their experience bad,” said G S Pillai, president of ATMA.
Their charter of demands included, a halt at Thane for the Mumbai-Kanyakumari Express; converting the DUranto Express on the lines of Rajdhani and adding additional stops like Thane, Panvel, Kannur, Shoraur and Trichur; old coaches must be replaced in the Kurla-Kochuveli and Netravati Express, start housekeeping service in Konkan-bound trains and renaming the Kurla-Kochuveli Express to Kairali-Periyar Superfast Express.
”Kerala is a hot tourist destination, but train facilities are neglected and lie in a pathetic state. Inadequate facilities inside coaches and lack of trains just adds to commuters woes. We want our MP to highlight these problems and improve services,” said Sashikumar Nair, secretary of ATMA.