Railways announces 51 special trains to Kerala to cater to Christmas-New Year rush

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Thiruvananthapuram: Indian Railways on Tuesday announced 51 special trains to Kerala to cater to the extra rush of passengers during the upcoming Christmas-New Year season.

In a statement, the Southern Railway announced 17 special train services to different places in Kerala for Christmas and New Year.

"Apart from the special trains notified by Southern Railway, other zonal railways have notified a total of 34 services to Kerala -- 22 special trains by South Central Railway, eight special trains by South Western Railway and four special trains by East Coast Railway," it said.

With this, a total of 51 special trains will be operated serving the state of Kerala during the Christmas/New Year season, the statement said.

These special trains will be operated during the period from December 22, 2022 to January 2, 2023.

17 Special trains from Tamil Nadu by Southern Railway

DateServiceTrain number
Dec 22Ernakulam- Chennai06046
Dec 23Chennai Egmore- Kollam06063
Dec 23Chennai- Ernakulam06045
Dec 24Ernakulam- Velankanni06035
Dec 25Kollam- Egmore06064
Dec 25Velankanni- Ernakulam06036
Dec 26Chennai Egmore- Kollam06065
Dec 26Ernakulam Junction- Tambaram06068
Dec 27Tambaram- Ernakulam Junction06067
Dec 27Kollam- Egmore06066
Dec 28Chennai Egmore- Kollam06061
Dec 29Kollam- Egmore06062
Dec 30Egmore- Kollam06063
Dec 31Ernakulam Junction- Velankanni06035
Jan 1Kollam- Chennai Egmore06064
Jan 2Velankanni- Ernakulam06036
Jan 2Ernakulam Junction- Tambaram06068
Railway has decided to operate winter special train service from Mumbai to Kerala via Konkan in view of the continuous demands raised by passengers. The service (01461) will begin from Mumbai on Thursday at 3.30 pm. The return service will begin from Kanyakumari on Saturday via Kottayam route.

Earlier in the day, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor had criticised the Railway Ministry for not recognising the people's demand for more trains during the season and sought Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw's intervention in the matter.

"Keralites are shocked that Indian Railway have not announced any special trains this year for the annual Christmas/ NewYear rush. With such a large number of people living and working outside the state this need has always been recognised! What happened, AshwiniVaishnaw," Tharoor tweeted.


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