CHENNAI: From August 1, delayed operation of Kanniyakumari- Chennai Express may be a thing of past with Railways deciding to terminate the rake link between the train and Island Express.The move was taken by Railways in response to repeated complaints from a section of rail passengers over frequent delays and poor punctuality of Kanniyakumari Express, it is said.
Official sources said Southern Railway (SR) received one rake from South-Western Railway (SWR) to withdraw the rake link between Kanniyakumari Express and Kanniyakumari-Bengaluru Island Express.
“Now the two rakes have been integrated with Chennai- Thoothukudi Pearl City Express. So, four rakes of two trains will be maintained at Thoothukudi,” said a senior railway official.
Aiming at optimum utilisation of rakes, on July 1, 2014, SR introduced rake link between Island Express and Kanniyakumari Express, with primary maintenance at Bengaluru. The move helped railways to save two rakes.
The Island Express from Bengaluru is scheduled to reach Kanniyakumari at 3.20 pm, while the same rake will depart as Kanniyakumari-Chennai Express at 5.20 pm. In the short span of time, the coaches are being cleaned and taken back to the platform.
Since introduction of the link, Kanniyakumari Express is often delayed by 30 minutes to five hours.
“Due to doubling works in Thiruvananthapuram division, the rake link is being terminated temporarily. One rake of Kanniyakumari Express will be operated bearing the name of SWR,” the official said.