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News Entry# 380965
  
Cancellation of train services continue in Thiruvananthapuram
Division as track, sleeper upgrading works drag on. The work has not
kept expected pace despite frequent trafc blocks given to complete it.
The division has managed to change 35% tracks and 50% in three years,
while
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Palakkad Division has completed 75% and 87% of the work
respectively. Divisions in Chennai and Mumbai, that have three to four
times trafc in comparison, have done better. Maintenance happens
mostly at night in those places. Unlike in Kerala the day trains are not
cancelled for months in those metros.
Maintenance works have been causing inconvenience to commuters but
the effects of these upgrades are not to be seen in Kerala. The 16.5
kilometres between Chingavanam and Ettumanoor is the only singlelane stretch on Thiruvananthapuram-Mangaluru route. Despite having
a double-lane in other parts, trains have not gained speed.
Divisions in Kerala have not suggested ways to speed up services even
though work on the new timetable has begun. The situation will not
change until a board-level oversight is implemented to make sure
upgrade is completed in a timely manner. Southern Railway chief
operations manager had promised promptness in services last
Long service trains which face inordinate delays: 16304
Thiruvananthapuram-Vanchinad Express 5.40hrs (223km), 16302
Thiruvananthapuram-Shoranur Venad 8.25hrs (330km), 66300 KollamErnakulam Memu 5.05hrs (158km), 66308 Kollam-Ernakulam Memu
5.15hrs (158km), 16630 Mangaluru- Thiruvananthapuram Malabar
15.15hrs (634km), 16526 Bengaluru-Kanyakumari Island 17.25hrs
(840km till Thiruvananthapuram), 16381 Mumbai-Kanyakumari Jayanti
42.25hrs (2047km till Thiruvananthapuram), 12644 NizamuddinThiruvananthapuram Swarnajayanti 53.45hrs (3008km), 56701
Punalur-Madurai Passenger 15.15hrs (410km), 16128 GuruvayurChennai Express 23.10hrs (1093km), 16343 ThiruvananthapuramMadurai Amrita 16.10hrs (613km)
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