MEMU to be extended to Malabar; Passenger trains to be replaced with MEMU
Alappuzha: The long-time demand of train passengers in Malabar region for a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train is likely to be fulfilled soon. The Railway Board officials indicate that a MEMU train is likely to start service from Shoranur to Malabar area after March next year.
At present, MEMU conducts service till Palakkad. MEMU service is conducted on Kollam-Ernakulam-Palakkad and Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram-Nagercoil routes. The control and coordination of the train is managed from Kollam.
A new MEMU shed is being constructed in Shoranur at a cost of Rs 14 crore. This is to be completed by March. Once the shed is finished, the basic requirement for a MEMU service will be available at Shoranur.
MEMU will conduct service replacing the passenger trains in Malabar. The passenger trains to Mangaluru and Kozhikode will be replaced with MEMU trains. Its service to other places will be decided after schedules are determined.
Three-Phase MEMU trains will be conducting service in Kerala from now on. Seven 3-Phase MEMU trains have already started service in Kollam and Palakkad. The new 3-Phase MEMU has more facilities compared to the older ones.
The seating capacity of old MEMU was 700 whereas the 3-Phase MEMU can accommodate more than 1200 passengers. Cameras will be installed in all compartments. The windows are made in a way that prevents stones and other objects thrown from outside from hitting the passengers.
The interior will be spacious and toilets will be clean. Also the expense for conduct of MEMU service is low. It is capable of starting and gaining speed faster than the old MEMU. Three Phase MEMU will have eight spacious compartments.