Southern Railways will run special trains during Attukal Pongala festival 2012 to clear the extra rush of passengers. Attukal Pongala, one of the biggest festivals in Kerala, is celebrated at Attukal Bhagavathi Temple, Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum in Kerala. It is to note that Attukal Pongala 2012 date is March 7. The special trains will run between Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram on March 6 & 7.
On March 6, the special train will leave Kollam at 12.15 pm and arrive at Thiruvananthapuram at 2.35 pm and on March 7, it will leave Kollam at 4 am and arrive in the city at 6 am, said a press release issued by the Railways here on Wednesday.
On March 7, the day of Pongala, the special train will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 3.30 pm. The special trains will have stops at all stations on the Thiruvananthapuram- Kollam route.
Apart from this train, on March 6, trains like Mangalore- Thiruvananthapuram Parasuram Express, Lokamanya Tilak- Thiruvananthapuram Express and Hyderabad – Thiruvananthapuram Express will have stops at all stations, except Pettah, Veli, Kaniyapuram, Perumkuzhi, Akathumuri, Edava and Iravipuram.
On the day of the Pongala, the Palakkad -Thiruvananthapuram Amritha Express,
Mangalore- Thiruvananthapuram Maveli Express, Thiruvananthapuram – Bangalore Express and Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram and Thiruvananthapuram- Chennai Super Fast trains will stop at all stations except Pettah, Veli, Kaniyapuram, Perumkuzhi, Akathumuri, Edava and Iravipuram between Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
Mangalore Express, Thiruvananthapuram – Ernakulam Intercity Express and Thiruvananthapuram – Mangalore Maveli Express will stop at all stations on the Thiruvananthapuram -Kollam route.
Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express will stop at all stations between Thiruvananthapuram and Nagercoil Junction.
Madurai-Kollam Fast Passenger will stop at Dhanuvachapuram, Amaravila, Balaramapuram and Nemom.
There will be additional coaches for the trains running between Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram and Nagercoil and Thiruvananthapuram on March 6 and 7, said the release.