Jan Shatabdi, Venad to stop service from Saturday onwards
New Delhi: The Indian Railways has decided to stop three train services in Kerala due to low number of passengers. Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express, Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express and Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Venad Special trains will not be conducting service from Saturday onwards.
Trains with less than 25 percent passengers were cancelled. In total, 7 special train services in various states will be stopped from September 12, as per the decision of the Railways.
The number of passengers in Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express is only 24.25 percent of the seating capacity. This is 20.86 percent in Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express and 13.29 percent in Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Venad Special train. Due to the COVID crisis, these trains have only very limited number of stops.
Duronto, Mangala and Rajdhani Expresses from Delhi and Netravati Express from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram will continue service. The service of Rajdhani and Netravati are temporarily stopped due to mud slip on Konkan route. Mangala and Duronto are travelling via another route currently.
Recently, when 80 special train services were started, Kerala was not considered. The state government also does not encourage public transportation considering the COVID transmission in the state.