It is in the midst of the state’s request that the Railways slashed the number of sleeper coaches of Chennai Central- Thiruvananthapuram Super Fast, Alappuzha-Chennai Central Super Fast, Maveli Express and Malabar Express.
“Since this would adversely affect long-distance travellers from the state, the Railways should reconsider the move,” Sudhakaran wrote to Goyal.
He pointed out that in trains having 24-coach capacity, only 19 coaches are being fitted.
Thiruvannathapuam-Kannur Janashatabdi Express and Thiruvananthapuram-Madurai Amrita Express ply with 18 and 19 coaches respectively, he said.
Sudhakaran also urged the Railway Minister to increase the number of coaches in Ernakulam-Nizamuddin Millenium Express, Kochuveli- Dehra Dun Express and Kanyakumari- Mumbai CST Jayanthi Janata Express.