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Passenger train service between Erode and Coimbatore resumes after two years

Passenger train service between Erode and Coimbatore sees fare hike as it resumes after two years

Passenger train service between Erode and Coimbatore sees fare hike as it resumes after two years

The passenger train service between Erode and Coimbatore, interrupted for more than two years, resumed service on Friday, but with increased fares.

Train No. 66601 Erode Junction – Coimbatore Junction Passenger Train and Train No. 66600 Coimbatore Junction – Erode Junction Passenger Trains were operated regularly and the fare between the two junctions was ₹25. But due to COVID-19, the service was shut down in 2020 and has not been restored so far. Due to increasing public demands, the Salem Railroad Division announced the restoration of rail service between the two stations, but as an unreserved (daily) express MEMU special train.

Train No. 06801 Erode – Coimbatore Unreserved Express (MEMU) Special (Daily) would depart from Erode Junction at 07:15 and stop at Thottipalayam, Perundurai, Ingur, Vijayamagalam, Uthukuli, Tiruppur, Vanjipalayam, Somanur, Sulur Road, Irugur, Peelamedu and , Coimbatore North arriving at Coimbatore Junction at 9.45am. Similarly, train No. 06800 Coimbatore – Erode Unreserved Express (MEMU) special (daily) would depart Coimbatore at 6:35 p.m. reaching Erode Junction at 9:15 p.m. The fare was also increased by ₹50 between the two junctions. Trains consisting of eight cars (two power cars and six trailers) will not stop at Singanallur stop station and station stop will be notified later.

On Friday, members of the minority wing of the Erode District Congress, led by its President J. Suresh and Vice President KN Basha, performed a puja and handed out sweets to passengers. Mr Basha, who is also the former member of the Zonal Railway User Advisory Committee, said their request for the railways to resume service at the earliest was finally met as the trains would benefit passengers from the region every day.