There are three primary routes in the Chennai Suburban Railway route:
Chennai – Arakkonam – Tiruthani
Chennai – Gumudipoondi – Sulurpet
Chennai Beach – Tambaram – Chengalpet
Barring the last route, which has a fair frequency of trains at least till Tambaram the other two routes are an absolute mess. I am sure at least 150000 commuters if not more use these services every day. The trains are badly maintained, run on pathetic timings, the stations are an insult to the senses and still form the lifeline of the city.
Do you know the cheek of Southern Railways – Read these lines from the official time-table:
This time table is intended to serve as a guide to
passengers to ascertain the scheduled arrival and
departure of trains at different stations.
The railway administration does not guarantee
the arrival or departure of trains at the specified timings
in this time table nor will be accountable for any loss or
inconvenience caused to passengers on account of
The railway administration does not accept any
responsibility for errors, if any, in this book though
every endeavour has been made to ensure accuracy.
This is a mess – I tell you folks – an absolute mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!