Thiruvananthapuram, February 28: On Monday Ernakulam-Howrah Antyodaya Express was flagged off which will benefit the common man and also for the migrants. Union Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off on Monday from Ernakulam Junction railway station through video conferencing from New Delhi.
While addressing the media Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram, said that “speed restrictions are in vogue now in the sector due to track-doubling and replacement of old tracks. Altogether, 70 km of tracks have been replaced so far. The works are fast progressing and speed curbs and detention of trains will be lifted gradually. Only 26 of the 60 over bridges that were sanctioned were ready.”
With pleasing interior color scheme, slip-free flooring at doorway and gangway, anti-graffiti coating for exterior painting, these coaches will have bio-toilets for zero discharge of effluents. Toilet occupation indication lights installed at each end near the doorway with better visibility from compartments will be a first in general class. Besides, there will be cushioned seats with aluminum composite panels for enhanced aesthetic interior look of the coaches. The train will have 20 special second class coaches.
The commuters need to book tickets for long journeys at least four months prior to the journey. This often creates hassles for commuters, but with Antyodaya there will not be any issue as it will be a fully unreserved train, Harikrishnan added. With the new train flagged off, one can reach Kolkata for Rs 520. Regular service of the Ernakulam-Howrah express (Train no-22878) will be at 12 25 am on Tuesdays starting from March 7 to reach Howrah at 2 50 am on Wednesday.
Along with cushioned luggage racks which can serve as seats, the train will also have LED lights and enhanced capacity dustbins. Other key features include, additional hand holds in doorway area, J-Hook near longitudinal luggage racks, mobile charging point, fire extinguisher with anti-theft lock and more.