New Trains For Kerala 2019
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 3911
ANSWERED ON 26.07.2019
New trains to Kerala
3911 Shri K.J. Alphons
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state :-
(a) the number of new Trains that have been started to Kerala during the last five years;
(b) whether it is a fact that most of the coaches in trains operating for Kerala are old coaches; and
(c) whether Railways would start a Varanasi-Trivandrum train on urgent basis?
ANSWER MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND COMMERCE & INDUSTRY (SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL)
(a) Indian Railways do not run trains on State-wise basis as Railway network straddles across State boundaries. However, between 01.04.2014 and 30.06.2019, 12 pairs of Mail/Express and passenger trains have been introduced, which on originating/terminating basis, serve stations located in the State of Kerala.
(b) No, Sir. It is ensured that coaches that have completed their prescribed service life, are not allowed for passenger service on Indian Railways, including on trains operating in Kerala.The age analysis of coaches running in Kerala based trains shows that 60% of the coaches are less than 15 years of age. The codal life of passenger coaches is 35 years for Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) type coaches and 25 years for Integral Coach Factory (ICF) type coaches.
(c) No, Sir. At present, there is no such proposal. However, introduction of trains is an ongoing process on Indian Railways subject to operational feasibility, traffic demand, availability of resources, etc.