Southern Railway will operate fully reserved express train services between Pollachi and Tiruchendur Junctions via Dindigul, Madurai and Tirunelveli.
A press release said that Train No. 16732 Tiruchendur – Pollachi Fully Reserved Daily Express will leave Tiruchendur at 12.05 p.m. and reach Pollachi Junction at 8.40 p.m. from December 15. Train No. 16731 Pollachi – Tiruchendur Fully Reserved Daily Express will leave Pollachi Junction at 6.40 a.m. and reach Tiruchendur at 3.45 p.m. from December 16.
The stoppages for these train services will be at Gomangalam, Udumalpet, Palani, Oddanchatram, Dindigul, Ambaturai, Kodaikanal Road, Sholavandan, Madurai Junction, Thiruparankundram, Thirumangalam, Virudhunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti, Kadambur, Vanchi Maniyachchi, Talaiyuthu, Tirunelveli, Palayamkottai, Alwar Tirunagar, Nazareth, Kanchanavillai, Kurumbur, Arumuganeri and Kayalpattinam.
As soon as the railway made the announcement, rail users’ associations in Pollachi, Kinathukadavu, Coimbatore and Mettupalayam sent representations seeking extension of Tiruchendur to Pollachi train up to Mettupalayam via Coimbatore.
While it could be one of the reasons to postpone the resumption of train service as changes need to be made in train timing and related logistics, a senior official with the Palakkad railway division said the exact reason for the postponement was yet to be communicated.
Pollachi Lok Sabha member K Shanmuga Sundaram had also made representation to Southern Railway general manager John Thomas last week seeking extension of the train service at least till Coimbatore.
He had said there were no direct trains to Coimbatore from the southern districts in the Palani – Pollachi route. It will also help devotees from southern districts to visit Marudamalai, which is considered one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan.
“While the train used to ply from Tiruchendur, which falls under Madurai division, to Pollachi in the Palakkad division, there are several factors including the timings, maintenance and the possible patronage that will be taken into consideration before operating a train service,” said the railway official.
Earlier, there was a passenger train from Palakkad to Tiruchendur on the Pollachi-Palani-Madurai route. The railway had taken a policy decision not to operate long-distance passenger trains after the Covid pandemic.
So, a passenger train was recently introduced from Palakkad to Pollachi and another train was to be operated between Pollachi – Tiruchendur as an express train.
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