Trains witness increase in daily commuters; season ticket holders struggle on day-to-day basis

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Kozhikode: General coaches in the state are witnessing a surge in commuters as a result of reduction in the number of reserved coaches. The issuance of season tickets after the pandemic period had further resulted in an increase in the number of people availing the services on a day-to-day basis.

Chennai Mail, Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram Express, Kannur-Yashwantpur Express, Mangalore-Chennai Superfast and Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram Malabar Express are witnessing heavy crowd. The Ernad Express was delayed by about an hour on Wednesday.

Season tickets are currently issued for eight services. Ernakulam Intercity, Kannur-Alappuzha Executive, Kannur-Coimbatore Express and Coimbatore-Mangalore Express currently have general coaches where people can travel without reservation. Eight coaches were allowed for general tickets. Earlier, there were two reserved coaches on these trains other than the non-reserved general coaches. Even during those times, the trains were heavily crowded as per the number of commuters who are availing the services.

Those who used to travel for Rs 10 now have to pay Rs 30 or more for the same distance. Only reserved coaches are currently less crowded. Allowing two or three more general compartments in the special trains may solve the present problem to some extent.

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