Dear Shri. Piyush Goyalji,
I write this to draw your kind attention to the news item regarding the stand of the officers of the Southern Railways who are attending the Railway Board Time Table Committee at Mumbai.
The officers have taken the stand that no new trains originating from other Zonal Railways and ending in Kerala need be sanctioned due to the capacity constraints at the Stations in Kerala, particularly Trivandrum; the new trains requested by other Zonal Railways are being diverted to Tamil Nadu bye-passing Kerala; the new Jabalpur –Trivandrum Express sought by other Zonal Railway is being diverted to Tirunelvelli. The Lalkuva –Trivandrum Express sought by East Central Railways, the extension of Pune- Ernakulam Express to Trivandrum via Kottayam, the increasing of frequency of the Kochuveli- Bikaner Express to thrice a week, and the Kochuvelli–Lokamanya Tilak Express to daily as recommended by the Central Railways, have all been denied by Southern Railways.
As can be seen from the above, the stand taken by the officers of the Southern Railways is against the interests of the State of Kerala. This is all the more significant considering the fact that the people of Kerala depend heavily on railways for long distance travel and the Trivandrum and Palakkad Divisions of the Southern Railways are among the most profitable railway divisions in India.
I understand that the meeting in Mumbai is getting over by evening, today.
I would therefore request your kind intervention to issue necessary instructions to the authorities concerned attending the meeting in Mumbai to review the position and introduce new trains to Kerala as requested by other Railway Zones and also increase in frequency of the trains requested by other Zonals Railways.
Shri. PIYUSH GOYAL
Hon’ble Minister of Railways,
Govt. of India,
Rail Bhawan, Rafi Marg
New Delhi-110 001.