In wake of the dire coronavirus situation in Kerala, the Indian Railways has suspended several trains connecting the state's many cities and other major destinations including Bangalore, Chennai and New Delhi.
The MEMU services, the Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Vanchinad Express and Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Janashatabdi have also been suspended.
All services are expected to resume after May 31.
Here's a list of cancelled train services:
• Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Superfast (from May 8 to 29)
• Mangaluru-Chennai-Mangaluru West Coast Express (from May 8 to June 1)
• Thiruvananthapuram-Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Vanchinad Express (May 9 to June 1)
• Mangaluru-Kochuveli-Mangaluru Antyodaya Express (from May 8)
• Tirunelveli-Palakkad-Tirunelveli Palaruvi Express (from May 8)
• Thiruvananthapuram-Mangaluru-Thiruvananthapuram Express (06347/8 - from May 8 to 31)
• Mangaluru-Nagarcoil-Mangaluru-Eranad (from May 8)
• Ernakulam-Banaswadi-Ernakulam Express (from May 9)
• Ernakulam-Bengaluru-Ernakulam Intercity (from May 8)
• Thiruvananthapuram-Shornur-Thiruvananthapuram Venad Express (from May 8)
• Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur-Thiruvananthapuram Jan Shatabdi (from May 9)
• Palakkad-Tiruchirappalli-Palakkad Express (from May 9)
• Thiruvananthapuram-Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram Special (from May 14)
• Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Weekly (from May 8)
• Alappuzha-Kollam, Alappuzha-Ernakulam, Ernakulam-Shoranur, Shoranur-Kannur Memu Services
To curb the spread of the virus and to bring down the daily COVID cases considerably, the Kerala government has imposed a total lockdown in the state from May 8 to May 23.
As the Kerala government extends the State-wide lockdown due to a surge in covid cases, four more trains have been suspended from May 15 to May 31. They are Chennai-Aleppy-Chennai Express, Thiruvananthapuram-Mangaluru-Thiruvananthapuram Express, Malabar Express, Ernakulam-Karaikal-Ernakulam and Madurai-Punalur-Madurai Express.
In order to facilitate the return of Keralites working in other states, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will be running special services. Three buses have been arranged in Bangalore.
“Maximum numbers of buses will ply on Thursday and Friday to see long-distance commuters to their destinations,” KSRTC Chief Managing Director Biju Prabhakar said.