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DEMAND FOR RESUMING LOCAL TRAIN SERVICE FROM RANIPET TO CHENNAI IN TAMIL NADU

SHRI  A.  MOHAMMEDJAN  (TAMIL  NADU):  Sir,  I  am  very  thankful  to  you  for  the  opportunity  that  you  have  given  to  me. My  birthplace  Ranipet  in  Tamil Nadu is just 110 kilometres away from Chennai.  It is surrounded by a lot  of  big  towns  and  it  is  a  historical  place. It  is  surrounded  by  Arcot,  Melvisharam,  Walajapet,  which  are  the  main  places  for  manufacturing  of finished  leather  and  shoes. Walajah  is  a main  place known for silk sarees and dhotis and Arcot for paddy  and  rice. From  these places,  a  lot  of  business people and regular office-goers are going to Chennai daily.  About 40-50 years ago, a train was running from Ranipet to Walajah Road, which is  about  five  kilometres  from Ranipet and it  gave  connection to Salem,  Bengaluru and Chennai trains.

But  it  was  stopped. I  do  not  know  why. Now  the  old  station  has  been  renewed  and  all  the  facilities  have  been  provided.  All  the  buildings  have  been  constructed. Ticket  counters  have  been constructed and it is ready to resume the train service.  

The premises of  those  buildings  are  being  misused  by  anti-social  elements. I  humbly  request  our  hon.  Prime  Minister,  Modijiand  our  hon.  Union  Railway  Minister,  Shri  Piyush  Goyal,  the  stalwarts  in  achievements, to consider my plea  sympathetically  and  on  humanitarian  grounds  and  bring  to  light  by  taking  action  regarding  resuming  the  railway  service  from  Ranipet to Chennai via Walajah Road and Arakkonam.  

This will help the downtrodden section of society and the poorest people to get transport amenities, which will coherently reflect the dreams of our Prime Minister, Modiji. At  least,  a  local train or EMV service can start from this place whereby it can start from Ranipet at 6.00 a.m. and come back from Chennai at6.00 p.m. so that the regular  office-goers  can  be  benefitted.

Our  hon. Chief Minister  of  Tamil  Nadu,    Dr.Palaniswami    has    announced Ranipet    as  the district headquarters. So  I  request  that  a  train  may  be  resumed  from  Ranipet  to  Chennai.