Thiruvananthapuram: Southern Railway has allowed six trains to reduce the rush during the Onam season. Six trains and 10 services have been sanctioned.
Allegations have been raised that this is the first time in Ona season that railways are running such short service.
The train was allotted to Chennai and Bangalore. There are no special trains from Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata where there are many Malayalis. Railway authorities have indicated that they are considering allowing more trains.
Special trains have been announced from Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram to Velankanni. Ernakulam Junction- Velankanni train will start service next week. The train will leave at noon on August 15 and reach Velankanni at 8.15 am the next day.
The train runs every Monday till September 5. Service via Kottayam. The return train will leave Velankanni at 5.30 pm on August 16 and reach Ernakulam at noon the next day. The service is on every Tuesday till September 6.
The Thiruvananthapuram-Velankanni train will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 3.25 pm on August 17 and reach Velankanni at 4 am the next day. This train will run every Wednesday till September 7. The return train will leave Velankanni at 11.50 pm on August 18 and reach Thiruvananthapuram the next day at 1 pm. The service will be available every Thursday till September 8.