Special trains, more coaches to meet rush

Published: 14th September 2013 11:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2013 11:29 AM   |  A+A-

In order to deal with the heavy rush during Onam days, the railway will be running more trains with more coaches.“There is a huge demand for special trains as it is the Onam season. Based on traffic figures, the railways will try to run special trains or add more coaches during the season,” said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Rajesh Agarwal. The DRM, who travelled with passengers in Kottayam- Ernakulam line, assured them of reduce running time of trains. “We will try to reduce the running time of passenger trains at peak hours. Travellers will not have to wait for long hours for other trains,” he said. He was speaking to press in the sidelines of Onam celebration of railway officers. During the event, J K Paul Manvatom, president of the All-Kerala Railway Passengers’ Association, demanded stoppage for the newly-announced Punalur- Guruvayoor train at Kuruppumthara and Saturday service of memu train. The railway is also planning to consider more goods trains from Vallarpadam transhipment container. “Presently, only one consignment is sent from Vallarpadam per month. The railways plan to make this into thrice daily. We are holding discussions with the Cochin Port and it is in the final stage,” the DRM said. He said the extension of Ernakulam-Kottayam passenger to Kayamkulam is also under consideration. Track doubling work up to Piravom will be finished by December. “The railways will soon take care of linen supplied in AC compartments. Another thrust area is the maintenance of trains,” he said.Mechanised laundry facility will be ready at Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam junction within a year.


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