Special inter-state trains on TN-Kerala route with more number of stops worrisome
Palakkad: The resumption of train services between Kerala and Tamil Nadu has increased the Covid worries in state. Increasing the number of stops for the Chennai – Thiruvananthapuram Mail and Chennai – Mangalore Superfast Express trains is adding to the concern.
There are 21 stops for the Chennai – Mangalore and 15 for the Chennai – Thiruvananthapuram Mail in Kerala. Most of them are in small stations which lack adequate safety measures.
There are not enough employees and the facilities to ensure quarantine facilities for those arriving from other states.
Even the Railways authorities agree that small stations like Pattambi, Kuttippuram and others have no enough facilities and adhering to Covid protocol strictly would be impractical.
There is considerable difference in number of police, health and revenue officials employed here and the actual number required. This would affect the proper monitoring of passengers quarantined at houses.
Earlier, when the Mangla Express from Delhi and Netravati Express from Mumbai conducted service through state, the government had intervened and reduced the number of stops to main stations like Kasaragod, Kannur Kozhikode, Shoranur and Palakkad alone.
The passengers arriving in these trains were identified, quarantined and monitored properly. However, this system is impossible to implement in the present case.
There is a huge demand for reducing the number of stops or appointing more employees.