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Demand for faster rail link to south

The South Indian community of Bokaro has shot off a letter to railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, demanding a superfast train to Thiruvananthapuram.

The letter, signed by K.V. Unnithan, president of Kairali Cultural Association that acts as the parent body of Bokaro-Madras Passengers’ Association, said the superfast train must halt at Kharagpur, Vizag, Bangalore, Mangalore and Chennai on its way to Thiruvananthapuram. The association also demanded that Dhanbad-Alleppy Express must be graduated to a superfast train.

At present, Dhanbad-Alleppy Express, the only rail link to the south for the people of Bokaro, takes more than three days to reach the final destination besides lacking proper security and sanitation facilities — a major grievance that the passengers’ association mentioned in the letter.