KOCHI: Here is some good news for commuters who often lock horns with railway authorities over the late running of Venad Express. They can travel with a smile in the Palaruvi Express slated to run between Punalur and Palakkad from April 19.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the much-awaited service through video-conferencing. With 23 halts, the train is expected to provide much relief to hundreds of passengers struggling to reach offices on time.
“The new train will reach Ernakulam before 10 am and help commuters join duty on time,” said Arjun working in a private firm in Palarivattom. “Though the arrival time of Venad Express at Ernakulam South is 9.50 am , it is seldom punctual.”
Earlier, there had been frequent altercations between commuters and railway authorities over Venad’s inordinate delay.
Starting from Punalur at 3.25 am, the train (16791) will reach Kollam at 4.55 am, Ernakulam North at 9.38 am and Palakkad at 1.20 pm. While returning, the train (16792) will leave Palakkad at 4 pm and reach Ernakulam at 7.05 pm, Kollam at 11.50 pm and Punalur at 1.20 am.
It will halt at Avaneeswaram, Kuri Halt, Kottarakkara, Ezhukone, Kundara, Kilikollur, Perinad, Munrothuruthu, Sasthamkotta, Oachira, Kayamkulam, Mavelikkara, Cheriyanad, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Changanasseri, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Ottappalam and Palakkad.
There will be 11 coaches and it will be increased if the rush is more. Though announced two months ago, it was delayed because of several reasons.