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Mangalore: History Created as Lalu Flags off Train to Bangalore


Mangalore: History Created as Lalu Flags off Train to Bangalore

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (GA)
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje

Mangalore, Dec 8:  Finally the auspicious moment arrived when the long-pending train to capital was shown green signal by union railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav at the city railway station on Saturday, December 8 afternoon. It was indeed a dream come true for crores of Kannadigas as the train to the capital chugged off from the city after more than a decade.

Earlier speaking at the official gathering, Laloo Prasad Yadav said that dominant bus lobby and truck lobby had been a hurdle in resuming the train service.  "But now we have intervened and started the service for the good of all. Our railway network which is the third largest in the world has seen a new era in the last few years. Ever since I took over as the railway minister, I made it a point to use the available resources to the maximum.  The railway department which was running in deficit has today turned out to be one of the most profit-making public sector ventures.  We did not even have money to give dividend to the employees when I took over.  But today we are sitting pretty well by using all the available resources and by bringing an order into entire network," he said.

Lalu who spoke in his Bihari Hindi was at his wittiest best and thus keeping the audience attentive throughout his speech.   He added that today people from OBC and other backward classes have found jobs in the railway and they have been giving their best to  everything that they are doing.  "Whenever I prepare the railway budget, I keep the common people in mind as they are the ones who depend most on trains.  Railway is the lifeline of our country.  Though it has not been that popular in southern India at large and Karnataka in particular, we would surely give adequate importance to this sector in the coming years.  My next railway budget to be presented in February 2008 will be 'Wonder Budget' as it will be for the first time that a budget of those sorts will be presented," he opined.

He had a special mention about UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi whom he described as a woman of exceptional qualities.  "We have seen people fighting for the post of chief minister.  But here is a woman who sacrificed PM's post which came on a platter to her and gave it to someone else.  She has exceptional leadership qualities because of which she stands head and shoulders above other political leaders. She represents common man of India to perfection," he said

Minister of state for railways Velu presided over the function. Governor Rameshwar Thakur, union minister Oscar Fernandes, Rajya Sabha member Janardhan Poojary, MP and state BJP president Sadananda Gowda, Udupi MP Manorama Madhwaraj, union Administrative Reforms Commission chairman Veerappa Moily, MLCs Pratapchandra Shetty, Shobha Karandlaje and Capt Ganesh Karnik, former minister Ramanath Rai, ZP president  Sucharita Shetty were also present on the occasion. Former PM H D Deve Gowda, former CM H D Kumaraswamy, former PWD minister H D Revanna and Kanakapura MP Tejaswini Sriramesh could not attend the occasion.

An NGO- Jayashreekrishna Parisara Premi (R.)’s President Vishwanath U.Mada, Vice President Felix A.D’Souza, Dist Vice President Ramachander Baikampady were also present.

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    • Prakash Fernandes, Uppunda

      Thu, Dec 13 2007

      Train to Banglore is good news but it was too late, thanks to railway dept & Lalu and all

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    • Ujwal, Mangalore

      Tue, Dec 11 2007

      Many Thanks to Lalu Ji and all those sincerly involved in making this scene a reality

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    • Abdul Sathar, Uchil-Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

      Mon, Dec 10 2007

      Finally, dream comes true. After air carriers from the Gulf countries now another dream of coastal Kannadigas fulfilled after a long struggle of people and leaders like Mr. Mohan PV. Let politicians adapt people oriented progammes

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    • Gladys Mudarth, Mangalore

      Sun, Dec 9 2007

      Congratulations Indian Railways and at the helm of affairs Lalu Prasad for this excellent service rendered to Karnataka

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    • Marian D'Souza, Mangalore Falnir

      Sun, Dec 9 2007

      Once again Daijiworld has shown that it is the fastest and the best news portal with the superb coverage of the inaugural function of the train to the state capital. It was also great to see the dynamic , ever ebullient and charismatic Lalu Prasad ,the very successful Union Railway Minister flag off the train on his maiden visit to our city.

      All the myth and falsehood spread by certain quarters that the Centre is delaying the start of the train has been demolished with its first run today. The safety aspect also cannot be ignored and the railways have to ensure this while commissioning the passenger services.The statement of Ms.Sarala Balagopal ,CEO ,HMRDCo.Ltd., the advantage of running goods train for one full year on the route before commencement of passenger service is that the tracks have settled down assumes importance.

       There was no point in simply shouting about the delay and blaming the railways.Kudos to the Indian Railways and Lalu Prasad for this amenity to the people of Mangalore and DK.

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    • VINOD WIFRED TAURO , MADANTHYAR,DUBAI

      Sun, Dec 9 2007

      CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MANGALOREANS AND BYE TO MANGALORE BUS TRANSPORT LOBBY... I would like to congratulate all people who are behind this Bangalore Mangalore Restoration of services. Ofcourse DAIJIWORLD has raised this issue to all people...Even in my previous comments I have mentioned about OUR GREAT RAILWAY MINISTER LALU PRASAD YADAV, AND HE CAN DO IT AND HE HAS DONE IT.... Cheers and thanks to everybody AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL...

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    • Ruchir Agarwal, Mangalore

      Sun, Dec 9 2007

      yes , the journey time may gradually be reduced as said by Lalujee.The departure time may be put at a little later once tracks are stabilised.

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    • K M SIDDIQUE, SHIRUR - KUNDAPUR

      Sun, Dec 9 2007

      Congradulations to Daijiworld for the beautiful pictures and coverage of long time awaited ceremony.

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    • Hussain, Bhatkal

      Sat, Dec 8 2007

      Its was amazing I liked the photos which were wonderful.

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    • Ravi Shankar, Bangalore

      Sat, Dec 8 2007

      Congratulation for an excellent coverage, you have uploaded the pictures and news much faster than all othere news agencies. Do try to have a one to one talk with the Railway minister and enquire about the reduceing the time of journey between the two cities and introduction of day time train to enjoy the scenic beauty of the western ghats

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