Mangaluru: The Union Ministry of Railways has given good news to the passengers of Bengaluru – Mangaluru Railway line. The Union Ministry of Railways has approved the proposal of South Western Railway to increase the Bengaluru – Mangaluru train service via Mysuru to six days from three days a week.
In a few days, the Bengaluru – Mangaluru train will run six days a week via Mysuru. Responding to a letter written by The South Western Railway on July 27 to increase new train movement, the Union Ministry of Railways on August 17 said that it has approved a proposal to increase train movement up to 6 days a week by regularising the services of Train No. 06547|548 Bangalore – Mangalore Express.
The special train was introduced recently on the demand of passengers as road transport was severely disrupted due to repeated landslides in several parts of Sakleshpura Taluk on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru National Highway 75. There is also a demand to extend this service up to Karwar or Vasco-da-Gama. Mysuru MP Pratap Simha has now written a letter to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav requesting him to extend it to Karwar. He has requested to provide connectivity between 2 popular tourist destinations of Mysuru and Goa.
Yogendra Swamy of Mysuru Consumers’ Council said that if the train service is extended up to Vasco-da-Gama, the South Western Railway and the public travelling will get a victory. Mysuru is not directly connected to Udupi, Kollur, Murudeshwara, Gokarna and other parts of the coast after the Konkan Railway Corporation Limited cancelled train No. 16523 |524 Bengaluru – Karwar night express train via Mysuru for 2 years.
Rake sharing can be made between Train No. 16585 | 586 of South Western Division and Train No. 17390|310 Vasco-da-Gama Yeshwantpura Daily Express, if required.
Vasco Yeshwantpura Express will be idle from 5.00 am to 10.00 pm and it can be used for Mysuru service. Yogendra Swamiji of Mysore Consumers’ Council said that the extension can serve 7 days a week instead of 6 days.