Trains between Shoranur junction and Mangalore will soon move faster than the speed allowed at present. A majority of the south-bound trains run in this section.

This was revealed by S.K. Raina, Palakad Divisional Railway Manager, during his speech after unfurling the national tricolour at Palakkad on Monday, according to a press release.

Mr. Raina said that the division recently got the sanction for running the trains on Shoranur-Mangalore section at 110 kmph and this was being implemented. “This will further reduce the running time of trains and enhance capacity of the section,” he added.

The southern railway sources said that at present, the maximum speed allowed in the section was 100 kmph.

Mr. Raina said the division had, since July reduced the running time of 44 trains, including five passenger trains, by five minutes and 50 minutes. The physical progress of the work at site on railway electrification between Shoranur and Mangalore had been started from Shoranur end. He reiterated that a new booking office at Mangalore Central would be constructed. He said the division had commissioned 26 jansadharan ticket booking sewaks and eight more sewaks were under commissioning. Ticketing through this system had gradually increased to about 14 per cent. The Kendriya Vidyalaya running at Mangalore Railway Colony from sheds for the past 20 years had been provided a new building with modern facilities at a new location. “This is directly benefiting 300 wards and has been a boon to railway families working in Mangalore,” he said.

With the proposed conversion, a railway crossing near Mangalore from unmanned to manned one from September, Palakkad would be the first division in Southern Railway to achieve zero unmanned level crossings on presently operated sections. He said the division had posted earnings of Rs. 123 crore in April-July period as against Rs. 108 crore in the corresponding period last year, an increase of 13.7 per cent.

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