Railway stations closed; No space to park trains at yards in Kerala
Kannur: For the first time in the history of railway stations in Kerala, most of the yards are running out of space to park trains. The authority has decided to shift the trains from railway yards to railway stations after maintenance. Following the cancellation of trains amid COVID-19 outbreak, yards with facilities, including pit line, are undertaking cleaning works of trains.
During the floods, a large number of trains were parked in Kerala. Small railway stations were turned as parking slots. When the traffic got restored, these trains were taken to originating stations. According to reports, 8 trains from Kannur were shifted in this manner.
But now during this time, the situation has changed a lot. As all trains are halted, officials have no idea how to accommodate all of these train. The major concern is finding a parking slot or train station as the services are cancelled for continuous 10 days. Apart from Passenger and MEMU trains, 20 Express and mail trains from Thiruvananthpuram should be parked in the stations. Other trains which arrived at Thiruvananthapuram from other stations also need parking space. 55 trains which departed from Chennai will be parked in yards and stations. At the same time, 11 trains depart from Palakkad railway station. As per the records, 8 trains from Madurai and Trichy and 6 from Salem also need parking slot in Kerala.
Four express passenger trains of Konkan railway were parked in Madgaon. At the same time, trains of the central railway must be parked in Mangalore central and junction.
No entry at railway stations
All railway stations have already displayed the ‘No entry’ board amid the pandemic outbreak. The railway issued an order restricting officials from reporting on duty. All the railway staff including commercial officials have been directed to stay at home quarantine. If there is an emergency, they are advised to contact the higher officials.
Meanwhile, the railway has cancelled reservation, catering and parcel booking too. The government employees are the most affected due to the cancellation of trains.
Though railway cancelled trains during the floods, passenger trains were operational as a relief to passengers. But at present, no passenger trains are undertaking service in the state. Passengers, including patients who need immediate surgery at various hospitals in Mangalore, are also in crisis due to immediate cancellation of trains.