An RTI query has revealed that the Palakkad Division alone has a shortage of 16 coaches. “As on date, with a total of 16 general coaches short in various passenger trains, the division is operating 36 passenger trains,” said a reply to an RTI query filed by college student Ajay S. Kumar.
The main passenger trains affected are Mangalore Central-Kozhikode, Kozhikode-Kannur, Kozhikode-Thrissur, Kannur-Cheravathoor, Kannur-Coimbatore, Shornur Jn-Nilambur Road and Coimbatore-Thrissur.
A passenger train usually operates with 14 coaches but often runs with one or two bogies less due to coach shortage. The Thiruvananthapuram Division too faces the issue.

 

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lesser coaches than originally allotted, resulting in overcrowding during peak hours.

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