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Coimbatore rail passengers hail new parking project plan, demand proper temporary arrangements

Keerthana Ramesh

COIMBATORE: Passengers struggling to find space outside the Coimbatore railway station to park their vehicles should find solace in the efforts by the rail authorities to reconstruct the area and introduce multi-level parking.

Thousands of passengers travel to the city junction for business purposes from various parts such as Erode, Tirupur and Kerala. Owing to the difficulty in finding parking slot and malpractices outside the station, the Southern Railway Salem Division has decided to implement the multi-level parking project. It is proposed to modify the 4-wheeler parking area as at the city airport in the front.

Without any notice or alternative arrangements, the two-wheeler parking were shifted to the backside of the station, leading to confusion.

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Activist Manoj told The Covai Post, “As per the complaint filed a week before the persons who come to drop the passengers should not be charged for parking and it is already a rule that the passengers who park the vehicle for more than 18 hours will be charged about Rs 15 and the passengers should only be charged about Rs 20-25 rs for parking the vehicle for 24 hours. But contractors charge double the amount.”

The multi-level parking project is highly welcomed though its implementation without proper pre-arrangements has been a cause for concern, leading to the parking of vehicles in various places around the city junction such as Collectorate, private parking areas and even on roadside, causing traffic jam on busy days, he added.

Passenger P Venkat says, “I work in Pollachi. At times, I am unable to get the train because of the lack of space to park my two-wheeler. I am forced to park my vehicle outside the nearby government office.”

Another passenger M Guru Murthy said, “The charge for two-wheeler parking as also finding space is a big problem. I work in a private organisation in Erode and travel by train daily. I am forced to go to a private parking area and walk around 2 km to pick the station.”

Passengers and public want the authorities to speed up the parking project and also make temporary arrangements to park vehicles.

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