School reopening rush: No tickets available in trains for a week

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Kochi: As the summer holidays are coming to an end, trains are jam-packed with commuters. It is hard to find a space inside the general compartments and are crowded to the brim. Scorching heat adds to the misery of the travelers. Due to the unprecedented rush, train journeys have become a nightmare, especially for women and children.

There are no seats available in Malabar, Parasuram, and Maveli express trains. Tickets are sold out for trains from Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Madurai, Pazhani, and Velankanni as well. People who try to book seats via ‘Tatkal’ are finding themselves in the waiting list. Due to the heavy rush, some trains have even temporarily stalled their bookings. The railways are unable to meet the demand even after running special services on prominent routes.

The Southern railways operated 50 trains during the summer holidays. 244 special trips were conducted as well.

People outside Kerala tend to book ticket months before their journey; now you can book a ticket 120 days prior to your journey.

As a result, it is hard to find tickets for Kerala bound trains from Chennai, Bengaluru, and Mumbai in the months of April and May.

However, as most people are booking their tickets online, the booking counters at the stations aren’t crowded anymore.

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