Mangalore, Aug 14, 2014: The meeting of MPs from Kerala, convened by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien at his chamber in New Delhi on aug 12 with Union Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and top railway officials has thrown up some assurances from the part of Railway minister.
Among the major assurances, increasing the frequency of ThiruvananthapuramNew Delhi bound Rajdhani Express to five days in a week. The train is traversing through Konkan route and if implemented, the decision will be welcomed by the commuters in Mangalore, Udupi region. The extension of Ajmer-Ernakulam weekly train to Thiruvananthapuram is another promise DVS has made.
Pantry cars in 9 trains : The railway minister agreed upon introducing pantry cars in nine trains passing through Mangalore. These include , Mangalore-Sandragachi, Kochuveli-Dehradun, Thiruvananthapuram-Nizamuddin, Er n a k u l a m - P u n e, Thirunelveli-Happa, Kochuveli-Lokmanya Tilak, Kochuveli-Bhavnagar, Kochuveli-Porbandar trains. To a query by P Rajeev, MP, DVS said that introducing on board house keeping facility (OBH) in Thiruvananthapuram-Lokmanya Tilak Nethravati Express, ErnakulamNisamuddin Mangala Express and Kochuveli-Nisamuddin
Gareebradh Express consideration : The minister reiterated that Shornur-Mangalore electrification would be completed by March 2016. But there is no new outlay of fund for this as in the budget hardly any amount was allocated for the same. The MPs also got a favourable response for their demand to announce Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Shornur and Palakkad railway stations as clean stations. Sugar-free tea/coffee in trains would be arranged he agreed.