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Kerala gets three new trains in interim rail budget

Kerala gets three new trains in interim rail budget

Thiruvananthapuram: The interim budget, presented by Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday, as usual, did not contain any major announcements on the long-pending demands of the state.

While the budget allotted three new trains to the state, the minister did not make any announcements on the major demands of the state including the proposed rail coach factory at Kanjikkode.

The newly allotted trains are Thiruvananthapuram-Nizamuddin Express, which will run once in a fortnightly, Thiruvananthapuram-Bangaluru Premium train, and a daily Punalur-Kanyakumari Passenger train.

Railway officials believe that Kanjikode factory did not get any mentioning in the budget because of the disputes surrounding it on land acquisition and various other issues.

Kerala had asked for some trains which will give more connectivity to the North-East sector, considering the heavy demand for train seats in the sector because of the massive inflow of migrant labourers from the region to the state.

The state government had also taken up the demand for starting a railway zone in Kerala and for introducing better coaches for the trains running through the state.

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