Perpetual delay of Malabar Express irks commuters

The perpetual delay of Malabar Express has been causing untold hardships to morning commuters, especially hundreds of office-goers from the region.

      The No. 16629 Mangalore-bound train from Thiruvananthapuram has been getting delayed by 30 minutes to 75 minutes over the past several months and the grim situation continues despite Railways' recent decision to increase the speed of the trains running on the Shoranur-Mangalore stretch from 100 kmph (km per hour) to 110 kmph.

The uncertainty in the arrival time of Malabar Express in the morning hours was quite disturbing as the Railway authorities had failed to set the things right when most other trains ran on schedule these days, especially after the track-doubling works having almost been completed, K.N. Radhakrishnan, a Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) employee, who commute from Payyanur to Kasaragod, said.

“The train on Saturday reached Payyannur more than an hour behind the scheduled time of 7.22 a.m. and the commuters are being “harassed” by Railways as the authorities often fail to give a concrete explanation for the perpetual delay of one of the oldest trains to Malabar,” he said.

The Malabar Express stops at most of the stations north of Kannur from where it departs at 6.40 a.m. But the delay continues despite enhancing speed limit in the 307-km stretch. If the train was arranged to depart from Kannur at the scheduled time, it would be of immense relief to morning commuters towards the North, Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

Railway sources here said the train was getting delayed because of refuelling in Kannur that consumed at least 20 minutes.

The delay of Malabar Express also affects the running of the Kannur-Mangalore Passenger train that departs from the originating station at 7.20 a.m.

In a similar scenario, The Coimbatore-Mangalore Fast-Passenger also fails to adhere to the official time schedule. “The train, most of the time, has to be stopped at some stations to give way for Yeshwantpur Eexpress from Kannur. This has made the train quite unpopular in the region,” an office-bearer of the local railway passengers association said.

  • Situation grim despite decision to increase speed

  • Authorities often fail to explain the delay