for sure it will effect the running time, please look at the arrival time of TVC veraval and ERS Okha at MAJN , these trains will never reach MAJN on time, If 1 min stoppage is provided for a train at a particular station there should be make delay approx 10-12 mins in the running time. So instead of stoppages we have demand for more local trains or MEMU in this route in regular intervals.
But in the konkan section all these trains have same no. of stops but in an alternate fashion. So the delay is not due to stops but the absence of double line and the increased no. of trains there. When the train enters southern railway zone they are not delayed much as in konkan but a 5 to 10 min and mostly it would cut down at major stations. So the delay that the trains have in kerala is what they carry over from konkan.
New trains are definitely a good option but as u know railways never satisfy the needs of keralites. So we have no other way but to demand stops for existing trains because even we have to travel by train.
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