Ajmer Humsafar Express (19604) empty till Chennai must stop at District HQ Ramanathapuram

Ajmer Humsafar Express (19604) empty till Chennai must stop at District HQ Ramanathapuram

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Sadaq Ismail started this petition to RAILWAY MINISTER and

The weekly (Tuesdays) Rameswaram (RMM)  to Ajmer  - Humsafar Express (19604) runs mostly empty between Chennai and Rameshwaram.

On several occasions, more than 80% of the 3rd AC berths are empty /unbooked till Chennai. The other two daily trains Sethu Express and the Rameswaram express are invariably overbooked.

By halting at the District Headquarters Ramanathapuram for the convenience of Business travellers, District administrative Officials, students, pilgrims to the famous Temples at Thirupullani, Uttharakosamangai, Sethukarai and Thirthakarai and Ervadi Dargas, the patronage for this train will increase. 

It will also create more revenue for the Railways. Usually, more than 1000 AC 3 Tier berths @ Rs.975 per berth are empty, thus wasting 9.75 Lakhs per trip. The running time too will not be compromised.  This train halts only 4 stations till Chennai, whereas the Sethu Express halts at 18 stations. Yet both the trains cover the distance in 10.50 minutes from Rameswaram.

We request the Railway Minister, the Top Railway Officials the local administration to do the needful to facilitate passenger movement to this most backward district of the country. The main economic/revenue source of these people are employment and business, as the district is bereft of any noticeable local economic activity viz. Agriculture, Mines or mineral, or any local industries.

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