I alight at Pettah every day. I am forced to use the toilet either in the train or at work. | Roy Das
On Dec 02, 2016
Trivandrum: Considering that the Pettah railway station is also within
city limits, only a few trains have stops here. Many passengers alight
here especially if one has to go towards Medical College towards the
city side where you find government offices.
To many this saves
time and can really avoid the rush hour traffic at Thampanoor. A large
number of passengers alight here especially from trains going towards
Trivandrum central station from the north.
Still the Pettah
station lacks even basic facilities for passengers like a working toilet
and a rest room. The station authorities have turned a deaf ear towards
such needs. Though there are two rest rooms for passengers at the
station; the one for women is functional with a toilet facility and is
always open, but the rest room for men that has a toilet as well is
always closed. There is also a pay and use toilet outside the main
building of the station and is not functional. At the moment there is no
toilet or rest room for men.
A regular passenger Srikanth (29)
from Punalur reacted, “I alight at Pettah every day as I work at the
University which is closer from Pettah. I have tried to use the pay and
use toilet a fewtimes. The condition was pathetic. Now it is not functional as well. Now I am forced to use the toilet either in the
train or at work.”
A sales representative from Karunagappally, Suresh (34), and a regular
at Pettah station said, “The pay and use toilet doesn’t have water and
the two Indian style WCs were filled with human excreta when I went
there last.” He added that he has his breakfast at the flies-infested
platform since the rest room for men is always closed.
an official at the railway station assured that they are sorting out the
issue and the pay and use toilet will be functional soon. The toilet
has not been functional for a long time as per accounts of regular
Let’s wait and watch whether this would be sorted out soon.