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Premium only in fees, not parking facilities at Trichy railway junction

Even as the existing parking lots at Trichy railway junction have been crying for basic amenities for years, railway authorities have allowed contractors of two-wheeler parking to fleece motorists in the name of premium parking for cars as well as two-wheelers. Motorists allege that the contractors were allowed to double the charges from August 7 without establishing basic amenities at the parking area.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu dedicated a number of facilities at railway stations across the state through video conferencing from Delhi on Saturday. The parking space at Trichy division was made 'premium' with just the prefix to the name of the existing facility. Passengers point out that there is no change in the condition of the parking lot along the main entry except for a small board depicting the revised parking charges. As per the revision that came into effect on August 7 even before inaugurating the facility, the fee is Rs 10 for up to 12 hour parking (Rs 5 earlier), Rs 20 between 12 hours and 24 hours (Rs 10 earlier) and Rs 30 for beyond 24 hours. In the case of car, the fee is Rs 20 for four hours and Rs 40 for halting 12 hours, the contractors said.

Despite the changes in the name and charges, the two-wheelers continued to remain in the scorching sun or rain. "There is no proper way to get in and out of the parking lot," said S Ramesh, a motorist. "Moreover, there is no provision for those who visit the station for drop and pick-up purposes to park two-wheelers. They are also forced to park their vehicles at the lot and paying Rs 10 for just 30 minutes", he added.

"We object to the steep increase of two-wheeler and car parking fee from Rs 10 to Rs 60. Railways has already incurred the displeasure of passengers by taking unwanted initiatives like hiking platform ticket price. All these are a clear misuse of monopoly status of the railways which needs to be changed", said S Pushpavanam, secretary of Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu.

Divisional railway manager P Uday Kumar Reddy told reporters that a new premium two-wheeler parking facility on a 9,000-square metre area at Trichy junction, which can accommodate 5,000 two-wheelers, has been launched. A similar parking area would also come up at Fort station. When asked about the premium charge that came into force before inaugurating the facility and absence of facilities, he claimed everything would be established gradually.

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Now, app-based cab service at Tiruchi Junction

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Ola taxi parked in front of the Tiruchi Railway Junction. | Photo Credit: M. Moorthy

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The facility was launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

Travellers to Tiruchi can henceforth book cabs through their smart phones as the Southern Railway on Saturday launched an app-based cab service at the Tiruchi Railway Junction.

Those who cannot access the app-based service can book the cabs, to be operated by private cab operator Ola, on-the-spot at the designated booking area provided at the Railway Junction. The booking area would have space to accommodate 20 cabs of the operator, Railway officials said
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The facility was launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, through video conference, on Saturday.

Even as the Railways launched the facility, a group of autorickshaw drivers operating out of the Railway Junction, reeling under stiff competition from autorickshaws run under the Ola network, staged a demonstration criticising the Railways for displacing them in favour of a private operator.

The drivers said that they have been asked to park their vehicles away from the usual area in front of the two-wheeler parking lot.

“Many of us have been operating out of the junction for 20 to 30 years and the move to allow a private operator will affect our business,” they contended. They represented their case to the Divisional Railway Manager P. U. K. Reddy. Mr.Reddy told them that the move was intended for the benefit of passengers and they would act according to the rules.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Reddy said that the new facility would help passengers have hassle-free trips without having to haggle on fares.

The Railway Minister inaugurated premium car parking area at the second entry of the Railway Junction on the Kallukuzhi side with space for 50 cars, a premium two wheeler parking lot with space for 5,000 vehicles and a car parking area at the main entry with space for 58 cars.

Besides, he inaugurated parking spaces at the Tiruchi Fort, Mannargudi and Papanasam railway stations in Tiruchi Division.

He dedicated to the nation the double line between Manapparai and Kalpattichathram, a 23-km stretch falling under Madurai Division, taken up under the Villupuram-Dindigul track doubling project.



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Very soon, Tiruchi-Manamadurai railway section will be declared a green corridor, free of human waste dropping on the tracks from conventional toilets of trains. Southern Railway is all set to replace conventional toilets with bio-toilets in all coaches of trains passing through this section (excluding Tiruchi railway junction).

Already, Madurai Division of Southern Railway chugged on with the honour of creating the first-ever green corridor of the country’s railway network between Manamadurai and Rameswaram in 2016.

Along with the 114-km-long track of first green corridor, the new section will make Tiruchi-Manamadurai-Rameswaram line the longest green corridor of Indian Railways, running to a distance of 265 km.

“At present, all the trains, except Pallavan Express, that pass through this section have been provided with bio-toilets. The retrofitment of bio-toilets in this train is under way at Madurai Railway Depot,” said Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer Jay Prakash.

All the four toilets of each of the 24 coaches would be fitted with the undergear tank for bio-toilets along with strengthening of undergear and modification of pipelines. “It takes at least two days for the retrofitment work in each of the coaches. We are expected to complete the work in two months,” he added.

With introduction of bio-toilets that decompose human waste with bacteria, all the toilets in the trains and platforms in railway stations would not be reeking of foul smell. “The work of cleaning platforms of night soil will be done away with, giving a better and hygienic atmosphere,” he added.

The night soil that splashes on the tracks and undergear of trains also slowly corrodes them. “Now corrosion will be prevented and the tracks and undergear of trains will require less maintenance and will have longer life,” he added.

Madurai Division is also planning to make Manamadurai-Madurai and Manamadurai-Virudhunagar sections green corridors in phases.


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Railway Minister Mr.Suresh Prabhu to Inagurate the Following Projects in Trichy via Video Conferencing on 19th August


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1) App Based Pre-paid Taxi System at Trichy Junction

2) New Parking Complexes at Trichy Junction(2nd Complex) and Trichy fort Station



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