Up gradation work is going on to make Ernakulam Jn. station into world standards. It is the only station in Kerala that connects FOUR different broad gauge rail routes namely Shornur, Kottayam ,Alapuzha and Harbour Terminus. It is A1 GRADED STATION of southern railway. It has six platforms , ten tracks , two two terminal gates and around 140 scheduled daily services.COCHIN STATIONS in the past contributed more compared to any other city stations in respect of freight and passenger revenue to Indian Railways.
Indian Railway was right until 1966 November 1 st as to the name of the stations. But in 1966 , corporation of Cochin was formed by merging Ernakulam , Mattanchery and Fort Cochin municipalities . since then identity of old municipalities were lost and Ernakulam is now only western part of Cochin .
The civic body that governs the city is CORPORATION OF COCHIN and the statutory body that oversees its development is GREATER COCHIN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY . Many of the government and public sector institutions have suffix or prefix of either COCHIN or KOCHI.
For example ; INDIA POST [govt. of India postal department],COCHIN PORT TRUST,KOCHI REFINERY , SPICES BOARD COCHIN , COCONUT DEVELOPMENT BOARD COCHIN ,COIR BOARD COCHIN COCHIN SHIPYARD COCHIN SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE etc.
Other land mark institutions like CUSAT,COCHIN STOCK EXCHANGE, COCHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT uses the tag of COCHIN .
The only IPL franchise in state is KOCHI TUSKERS KERALA and the proposed METRO is in the name of KOCHI , not Ernakulam .
Indian Railway renamed a number of stations in the past . we can cite examples here below. OLAVAKKOD into PALAKAD , Victoria Terminus into CST , Kurla Terminus into LTTS , Madras into Chennai etc. Cochin is the commercial and tourist capital of Kerala. Many foreign and north Indian tourists and business men using train facilities are often confused WHY THEY HAVE TO HALT AT Ernakulam while going to COCHIN .
There is an urgent need to rename Ernakulam Jn. and Ernakulam Town stations as COCHIN CENTRAL and COCHIN TOWN respectively.
Many representations in the past forwarded to authorities in this regard , but fell on deaf ears.
The corporation of Cochin has an important role in regard .Once the recommendation is approved in the council meeting , corporation authorities have to forward the resolution to union government through state government. It was at the behest of BRIHAN MUMBAI MUNCIPAL CORPORATION , the government took a favorable decision to rename VT and Kurla Terminus into CST and LTTS respectively.
The term COCHIN is more royal , nostalgic and beautiful than KOCHI .
There is a state and city in Japan is called Kochi . Bank of Kochi and Kochi university is also there.
While renaming stations , please take in to account these facts also.