KOZHIKODE: The railway authorities have announced several initiatives in a bid to curb challenges faced by the passengers in the Malabar region which include launching of Kozhikode-Bengaluru Intercity Express via Salem, Memu service , Pit lines and extending the service of Kannur-Kozhikkode Passenger to Shoranur. All the passenger trains will also run during night.
Southern Railway Principal Chief Operations Manager S. Anantharaman who held a meeting with MP M. K. Raghavan, gave the nod for four projects. It is reported that the Railway Board is likely to give final approval to these projects.
Ananthakumar has also agreed to the MP’s demand to increase the parcel load time by five minutes and to increase number of coaches in Parasuram Express.
The Manager has said that there is non availability of land for the development of Kozhikode station. Responding to this, the MP maintained that the Railway station has 38 acres in its domain.
The suggestions taken
The state Govt would acquire the land for the development of West hill substation. Feroke station is the nearest station to the airport and the Calicut university. Therefore, these two stations should be developed along with the Kozhikode railway station.
Pit lines would be constructed in Kozhikode and Palakkad districts. The Memu service will be launched in Kozhikode and Palakkad railway divisions respectively.,
The decision to launch the train service was taken when the MP pointed out that there was an increase in passenger traffic to Bengaluru and with the night traffic ban in the Bandipur stretch of NH- 766, more people are depending on the train service.
Though there was a demand for more services of Rajdhani train in the state, the PCOM did not give any positive response. MP Raghavan refuted the stance that Kozhikode would benefit from the developments of Kannur and Shornur railway stations. Raghavan also added that 20-acre land was available for development of Payyanur railway station.
Though the survey for the Kozhikode-Malappuram-Angadipuram route was completed, no initiatives to launch any developmental projects were taken by the officials.
Currently there is no train service after 5.45 pm to the southern districts of Kerala from Kozhikode. Therefore, It was decided in the meeting that the passenger train service would be extended to Shornur.