Techies given grand reception for Malabar express on 31st Jan @ 6:00 pm @ Kazhakoottam Railway station
Collective action yields results, that is the take away from recent granting of temporary stops for long distance trains @ kazhakoottam . Janakeeya samara samithi was in forefront of the struggle. Janakeeya samithi for kazhakoottam railway station development had politicians of all hues and colors. Despite of the immense commercial potential of the station and people resorting to all sort of protest methods such as dharna’s, Signature campaigns, memorandum’s to authorities, poster campaigns etc. nothing happened.
Prathidhwani – A socio cultural organization of technopark which represents largest beneficiary group of kazhakkoottam railway station ie technopark employees joined the struggle in a decisive manner. Apart from joining the conventional methods of protest, prathidhwani produced a short film – Liberators, which came as a cultural intervention for a people’s issue. Almost all media reported this news in a big manner and the struggle got a renewed attention. Prathidhwani is happy that it’s humble contribution also played a role in highlighting a vital issue.
Under the aegis of Prathidhwani, the socio-cultural organisation of Technopark, a grand reception was accorded to Malabar Express at Kazhakkoottam railway station on 31st Jan at 6pm. Southern Railway assistant commercial manager (ACM) K Kannan, Technopark senior manager M Vasudevan, Kazhakkoottam Railway Station action council members and techies participated in the event. Prathidhwani submitted a memorandum addressed to Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Sunil Bajpai requesting stops for more trains. On behalf of the DRM, ACM Kannan received the request from Prathidhwani.
Technopark senior manager Vasudevan Sir and Prathidhwani president Bijumon received the loco pilots at the station. On the occasion, Prathidhwani members distributed sweets and explained about Prathidhwani’s short film ‘Liberators’ that focused on allotting more stops for trains and conveyed their sincere thanks to Southern Railway for allowing seven new stops.
We still have unfulfilled demands such as stop for trains through Alappuzha route, Extra Reservation window for thatkal , better facilities at station etc. We should unitedly continue our struggle for this.
Photos of event are below