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Stoppage for more trains at Kazhakoottam Railway Station : Team Prathidhwani visited DRM

Stoppage for more trains at Kazhakoottam Railway Station : Team Prathidhwani visited DRM Image removed.  Team Prathidhwani  visited Railway Divisional Manager of Thiruvananthapuram division, Sri.Sunil Bajpai, at his office in Thycaud, Trivandrum, on 18th July 2014 at 11am. The team had a detailed discussion with Sri.Sunil Bajpai on significance of more stops for trains at kazhakooottam station and we communicated the importance of Technopark, Employee strength of over 45,000 poised to cross 1 lakh mark , Technopark’s nature of people which consists of all employees from different states of India, Upcoming developments in the area ( Technopark Phase III, TCS, Infosys, UST Global campuses and Techno city ), Existing education and research Instituions like CET, VSSC among others . He gave a patient hearing and replied that there are lot of demands from various stations for more stops. He stated that  Railway is having limitations for allowing new stops, but he will do a genuine investigation on demands in the request given.  Also he believes that stoppage for a train through Alappuzha is a genuine one. We, PRATHIDHWANI  invited him to Technopark and he accepted the invitation. We sincerely hope that he shall come to Technopark to listen the grievances directly from all of us on Kazhakoottam railway station by this month end. Prathidhwani members Ajith Anirudhan, Deepak Mani, Joshy A K , Raneesh A R and Rajeev Krishnan were in the team. Currently the average daily income of Kazhakoottam railway station is around Rs.22000/- , earlier it was only Rs.8000/- before giving seven new stoppages in Jan 2014. Reservation counter is getting an average daily income of Rs.70000/-  by clearing nearly 60 reservation forms.  More than 500 passengers are boarding from and alighting to  Kazhakoottam railway station daily. The Station needs passenger amenities like two refresh rooms, vendor stalls and passenger waiting areas.  Image removed. Please see below the detailed request  given to DRM by Prathidhwani   To   Sri.Sunil Bajpai Divisional Railway Manager Southern Railway, Thiruvananthapuram Division Dear Sir, Sub : More train stops to Kazhakoottam station and ticket reservation counter in Technopark This is a gentle reminder to draw your attention to the necessity of more train stops at Kazhakoottam Railway station. Technopark hosts over 290 IT and ITES companies employing over 45,000 IT professionals at present. TCS, Infosys, UST Global are about to complete their new huge buildings and around 25000 professionals will be added to current strength in near future.  Not adding the importance of VSSC, Kinfra, educational institutions, hospitals and other organisations nearby Kazhakoottam railway station. We, Prathidhwani – Socio Cultural organization of Technopark is a very young organization in Technopark, started in April 2012.  We submitted our suggestion request with signatures to Rajesh Agarwal Sir during March 2013. Also as part of our Technopark short film festival – ‘Qisa 2013’- we made a short film “Liberators” exclusively discussing the stop issue of Kazhakoottam railway station. Railway has provided stoppage for seven express trains at the Kazhakuttam railway station from 25th Jan 2014 by considering the request from various sectors including Technopark. We request to retain those 7 new stoppages as Kazhakoottam is an upcoming IT hub of India.   We, PRATHIDHWANI had given a new representation to you on 31st Jan 2014 regarding more train stops. We request you to consider stops for below trains @ Kazhakoottam station.   1.        16341/16342 - Trivandrum-Guruvayur Intercity Express 2.       16382/16381 -Kanyakumari-Mumbai CAPE Mumbai Express 3.       16604/16603 -Trivandrum-Mangalore Maveli Express 4.       16315/16316 -Kochuveli -Bangalore Express 5.       12258/12257 - Kochuveli-Yeshwanthpur Express 6.       12624/12623 – Trivandrum –Chennai -  Chennai Mail 7.       12696/12695 – Trivandrum – Chennai - Chennai Express 8.       12076/12075 -Trivandrum-Kozhikode JanShatabdi Express [Only on Saturday’s and SUNDAY’s] 9.      16302/16301 – Trivandrum – Shournur Venad Express [Only on Saturday’s and SUNDAY’s]   The first train [Intercity Express] is the main and only train for daily and weekly commuters between Trivandrum and Ernakulam Via Alappuzha.   The second train [Mumbai Express] would really helpful for daily commuters to Technopark from southern part of Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari districts.  The third train [Maveli Express] would help the employees weekly commuting to northern part of Kerala The Trains listed from 4 to 7 are connecting to main IT cities  and it would be helpful for employees working here from other states of India.  Now all Bangalore and Chennai buses are operating from Kazhakooottam only because of huge number of passengers to these cities.   We listed JanShatabdi Express & Venad Express only for Saturday’s & SUNDAY’s as a huge number of employees are travelling to and fro in these trains. Also we request your kind attention in providing a reservation counter in Technopark and amnesties such as refresh rooms and vendor stalls in the station.   We once again thank you and railways for helping us live a better life.   Yours Sincerely, Rajeev Krishnan Secretary, “Prathidhwani” Socio-Cultural Organisation of Technopark 91-9446-55-11-93