Lawlessness in trainsVery recently, I had to undertake a travel from Coimbatore city to Arakkonam near Chennai (70 kilometers ahead of Chennai Central). Since the direct trains from Coimbatore were totally full, I dared to book a berth by the Ernakulam to Patna Superfast Express.
Till today, I regret my decision, and have decided to even put up with the hazards of bus travel to escape the nightmarish experiences.
For purely economic reasons, hundreds of thousands of North Indian people have now settled in places like Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Salem and even in the smaller towns near these big cities. They work in small hotels, small companies manufacturing spare parts and so on.
At every stop, at least sixty people came right inside the compartment and occupied every single bit of space between the berths and right in the main way. They did not spare the space near the toilets as well. The ticket examiner who came for checking tickets, advised me to "somehow" adjust, as he had no control on the crowd.
Thankfully, such people allowed me and others to travel by our berths, and otherwise did not give us any trouble. But when I alighted at Arakkonam, I had to wake up twenty five minutes in advance and, with the greatest difficulty, had to strain every nerve to get out of the compartment!!. When I questioned one of the unauthorized passengers, he proudly said that he had no choice, and he and others would not disturb those who had reserved their berths. But the crowd would just not go away.
The other compartments were no better.
Very recently, the Indian Railways have started experimenting with the Antyodaya Express trains, with completely unreserved trains. It is high time that three such overnight trains are run between Trivandrum, Ernakulam and Coimbatore, on a daily basis, so that the lawlessness in other trains can be at least minimized. Most of them are honest, they mingle with the local population and are quite helpful too. However, they cannot be blamed, when they do not have any choice but to board the reserved compartments in express trains.
Members may also come up with innovative ideas on how to prevent the lawlessness in trains.