COVID-19: Railway limits stops for special trains in Kerala
New Delhi: The Indian Railway has informed that special trains which start operation from June 1 will not have stops at all stations in Kerala. Some stops of all other four special trains except Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Duronto non-AC special train were cancelled.
Earlier, passengers from Mumbai arrived in Kannur on Mumbai-Kerala Shramik train. As the railway did not alert the state government on this, it triggered a controversy.
Following this, the state government informed the railway that the arrival of more people to Kerala without registration and allowing stops in all railway stations within the state will lead to the rapid spread of coronavirus. Following this, the railway board has decided to limit the stops of the special trains.
At the same time, the Railway has not clarified whether passengers who booked tickets to the cancelled stops would be able to alight at the nearest station or not.
As all passenger who come to Kerala are directed to register their names, the government has been making arrangements including quarantine facility for only registered passengers. However, those who reserve ticket will not get tickets to the cancelled stops, from now onwards.
Special trains and cancelled stops at a glance
1. Thiruvananthapuram Central - Lokmanya Tilak Netravati Express (06346)
Varkkala Sivagiri, Karunagappalli, Kayamkulam, Haripad, Cherthala, Aluva, Divine Nagar, Kuttippuram, Tirur, Parappanangadi, Vatakara, Thalassery, Kannappuram, Payyanur, Kanhangad
2. Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express (02076)
Varkala Sivagiri, Kayamkulam, Cherthala, Aluva
3. Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express (02082)
Kayamkulam, Mavelikkara, Vatakara, Thalassery
4. Ernakulam-Nizamuddin Mangala Super Fast Express (02617)
Aluva, Pattambi, Kuttippuram, Parappanangadi, Koyilandy, Feroke, Vatakara, Thalassery, Payyanur, Nileshwaram, Kanhangad