Railway budget highlights for Karnataka - new trains from Mangalore
Bangalore, Feb 26: New express trains were announced between Mangalore and Bangalore, and Mangalore and Madgoan (Goa), by union minister of railways Pawan Kumar Bansal while presenting the annual railways budget in New Delhi on Tuesday February 26.
These are among the total 106 new trains to be intoduced by the railway.
The Madgaon-Mangalore intercity express (daily) will halt at Udupi and Karwar.
The other benefits for the state listed in the railway budget are:
Introduction of executive lounge at Bangalore station, which is among the seven in the country to get this facility. The others are at Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra and Jaipur.
Resumption of work on new line projects of Chikmagalur - Sakleshpur and Bangalore - Satyamangalam, which were pending for want of resources and other mandatory clearances, after State Government of Karnataka agreed to give land free of cost and bear 50% of the cost.
Ministry of Railways would impart skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations spread across the length and breadth of the country and Mangalore is one of such locations.
New Lines for 2013-14, under socio-economic importance
Chickballapur-Puttapurthy-Sri Satya Sai Nilayam (via Bagepalli)
To undertake survey during 2013-14
Doubling of Lines
Shoranur-Mangalore 3rd Line
New Express Trains
Bangalore – Mangalore Express (Weekly)
Hubli – Mumbai Express (Weekly) Via Miraj, Pune
Jabalpur – Yesvantpur Express (Weekly)Via Nagpur, Dharmavaram
Madgaon – Mangalore Intercity Express (Daily) Via Udupi, Karwar
Mangalore – Kacheguda Express (Weekly) Via Dhone, Gooty, Renigunta, Coimbatore
Nagercoil – Bangalore Express (Daily) Via Madurai, Tiruchchirappalli
Patliputra (Patna) – Bangalore Express (Weekly) Via Chheoki
Yesvantpur – Lucknow Express (Weekly) via Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh
New Passenger Trains
Marikuppam – Bangalore Passenger (Daily)
Talguppa – Shimoga Town Passenger (Daily)
New DEMU Services
Bhatkal – Thokur
Extension of Trains
17307/17308 Bagalkot-Yesvantpur Express to Mysore
12577/12578 Darbhanga-Bangalore Express to Mysore
16591/16592 Hubli-Bangalore Express to Mysore
12653/12654 Mangalore – Tiruchchirappalli Express to Puducherry
16535/16536 Solapur-Yesvantpur Express to Mysore
12629/12630 Yesvantpur – Hazrat Nizamuddun Sampark Kranti Express 2 days to Chandigarh
56513/56514 Bangalore-Nagore Passenger to Karaikal
56275/56276 Mysore-Shimoga Town Passenger to Talguppa
Increase in frequency
12629/12630 Yesvantpur – Hazrat Nizamuddun Sampark Kranti Express 2 to 4 days.
Moily thanks UPA government
In a press release, union minister Dr M Veerappa Moily thanked railway minister Bansal for presenting 'a commendable railway budget with a pragmatic approach, giving more attention and emphasis for thrust areas like safety, passenger amenities, fiscal discipline etc.'
"I regard this as one of the best railway budget in the recent past," he stated, adding, "I personally thank him (Bansal) for giving proper place for the Karnataka state in his budget proposals. He is kind enough to consider favourably most of my proposals."
He also thanked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and chairperson of UPA Sonia Gandhi on behalf of the people of Karnataka for addressing their concerns.
Udupi: Railway Yathri Sangha expresses disappointment
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SM)
Udupi, Feb 26: “Mangalore-Madgaon intercity and Bangalore-Mangalore Express once a week are not enough for the coastal district. There is a requirement of at least six to seven trains, forwarded to the central government before the announcement of Budget- 2013.
R L Dias, president, Railway Yathri Sangha, told Daijiworld, “The budget is not at all satisfactory and we expected more. The worst part is there was no one to speak on behalf of the coastal region. It was as if the central government is not aware of the coastal districts and our demands.”
S H Thonse, member, Railway Yathri Sangha, said that Bangalore to Mangalore Express should be extended up to Udupi. “As far as the coastal belt is concerned, Udupi is the center for tourism and education, so fulfilling the requirement is a must. The representatives did not take responsibility or take any interest in getting the facility extended for us,” he added.
“It is clear that the Budget- 2013 announced on Tuesday February 26 does not benefit the district much and the representatives chosen by us have not contributed anything worthy. There are many trains starting from Karnataka but then go to others states. This will only benefit them and not the people of Karnataka,” added Thonse.