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Disappointment in southern Tamil Nadu

R. Y. Narayanan

COIMBATORE: Though sparing the middle class from any steep hike in railway fare has been welcomed by the business community in Coimbatore, it has expressed disappointment over non-fulfilment of long-pending demands regarding introduction of new trains in this region

The President, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, Mr A.V. Varadharajan, said the chamber had been pressing for the introduction of trains to cities in southern Tamil Nadu such as Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil and overnight trains to Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore. But these requests have been ignored. He also expressed disappointment over the neglect of the proposal for converting the Coimbatore-Madurai metre gauge line into broad gauge.

Mr. S. Amarjit Singh, Secretary, the Coimbatore Motor Parts Dealers Association, expressed relief over sparing the common public from a stiff dose of fare hike as feared earlier.

He said Coimbatore was a commercial hub and had emerged as a cosmopolitan city with people from different States settling down here. There was a felt need for establishing a separate railway division in Coimbatore, he added. The President, Coimbatore District Small Industries Association (Codissia), Mr D. Gandhikumar, said the high-speed refrigerator parcel service would come as a boon to the farmers to move farm produce to places where there was a higher demand.

Describing the passenger fare increase as ``tolerable,'' he said Coimbatore region continued to be neglected with regard to the introduction of new trains to the southern districts in the State besides composite Thanjavur district and Kerala and Chennai.

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