Track doubling, electrification over, but no sign of speed increase or new trains in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram: The permissible speed of trains conducting service in Kerala is unlikely to get increased in the near future. A meeting of the railway time table committee held in Bengaluru approved an increase in the speed of the Nethravathi Express. However, no decision was taken on increasing the speed of other trains in the state.

Though the speed of Nethravathi Express from Thiruvananthapuram to Mumbai LTT increased, there was no mention of the speed in its return journey to Thiruvananthapuram. This decision came as Railways completed 99% of its work in doubling railway lines from Mangaluru to Thiruvanathapuram. The electrification of these new lines was also completed.

Decision on increasing the number of trains in the state has also been pending. The state is witnessing an increase in the number of daily passengers. According to passengers, Southern Railway is turning its back on demand for an increasing number of trains allowed for the state. In the meeting held in Bengaluru, the Railways representatives from Kerala raised their demands. However, they were not addressed. Meanwhile, the Poorna Express servicing between Pune to Ernakulam will be extended up to Kottayam.

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