School reopening in Kerala: Passenger trains likely to resume service
Thrissur: As Kerala is set to reopen schools after Covid-19 pandemic-induced one-and-half year long gap, the state government is likely to allow Railway to resume discontinued passenger trains in the state. The state opines that services should resume. The decision regarding resuming services will be taken in the meeting between the state government and railway authorities, scheduled for September 29. The meeting has been called by minister Ahammad Devarkovil. The Southern Railway general manager will take part in the meeting.
Similarly, general coaches in express trains will also be reinstated. However, it is speculated that instead of passenger fares express rates will be charged.
Meanwhile, suburban trains are running across places like Mumbai, Chennai and Central Railway regions. The trains started to ply after the request from respective state governments.
In Kerala, passenger trains are operating on the basis of ‘one route, one train’ mode. People can enter these trains without booking. However, as per the evaluation of Railway authorities, commoners will depend on trains if all passenger trains are running properly.
Notably, in express trains running in Kerala, commuters cannot enter general coaches without reservation. It is learnt that Railway is likely take a stance allowing commuters in general coaches in trains like Venad, Parashuram and Intercity.