Kannur-Byndoor passenger train may soon face halt

trainMangaluru : The Kannur-Byndoor Passenger Train which had commenced services in February last year may soon be out of service owing to lack of passengers as well as inadequate income.
The train service had commenced during the tenure of DV Sadananda Gowda as Railway Minister considering the increasing number of devotees from Kerala visiting the famous Kollur Shree Mookambika shrine. Though the train fare for the 310 km journey from Kannur to Byndoor is just Rs 60, there are not many takers.
It is believed that the train is running under losses as only a handful of people board this train at Kanhangad and Kasargod stations. Moreover, the train is also deprived of many passengers as it halts at Mangaluru Junction station and not at the Mangaluru Central Station.
The train which has 12 to 15 coaches can accommodate nearly 1350 passengers but hardly 50 people travel in it, say sources.