A new night train will now run between Mangaluru and Bengaluru in a few days courtesy a New Year gift from the South Western Railway to the commuters. According to the report, the railway office is currently busy doing advance preparations and getting technical permissions for introducing the train.
Commuters May Have To Deal With Problem Due to Timings
First, the train will run only three times a week and by next March, the railway is planning to run it daily. As a part of the preparation mode, the South Western railway officials on January 24 sent the finalized timetable of this new train to the Railway Board for getting approval. The department will start running the train immediately after getting the required permission.
According to Hanumantha Kamath, the West Coast Railway Passengers Development Committee president, some commuters may have to face a problem because of the timings of the new train. But he believes that people must accept the new venture wholeheartedly as they are getting another option for commuting. Kamath further added that they may think of making changes in the timings at a later stage. He also stressed that if the proposal is opposed, it is possible that the train may not be introduced at all.
Timetable Of Mangaluru-Bengaluru Train
The time-table finalized by the officials reveals that initially, the train will run on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays. It will leave from Yaswanthpur Bengaluru station for Mangaluru at 4.30 pm. The train will reach its destination at the city central station at 4 am on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.
Likewise, the train will leave the city central station at 7 pm on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays and return to Yashwanthpur station at 4.30 am the next day covering a distance of 364 km in the span of nine and half hours. The train from the other side of the city takes two hours more for completing the same distance because there are certain safety measures in the ghat section. The crossing of other trains during the same time is also an issue that causes a delay of two hours.
At present two trains run from the central station to Bengaluru every day. Yashwanthpur Express leaves every day at 8:55 pm and reaches the Karnataka capital at 7.30 am the next day. Currently, the train runs three days a week via Mysuru. On rest of the four days of the week, the train goes through Gomateshwara Express, Shravanbelagola running from the city junction station on all the days. On Sundays, it leaves at 11.30 am and around 8.30 pm it reaches Bengaluru. This particular train runs via Shravanbelgola.
Nalin Kumar Kateel MP recently gave approval to the demand from the railway department to extend the Tirupathi–Hassan daily train. The final decision may come soon.