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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:04:51 AM (IST)  

Bangalore - Mangalore Day Train has No Stop at Mangalore Central !

Bangalore - Mangalore Day Train has No Stop at Mangalore Central!

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)
Courtesy : Udayavani Daily

Mangalore, Apr 20: Preparations are on for extending the day train between Bangalore and the city to Karwar. This has been a long-pending demand of the people residing in the coast. In addition to people from Udupi, railway passengers from Kundapur, Bhatkal etc, also had brought pressure on the people’s representatives to provide them direct train link to the state’s headquarters.

The union railway minister had given in to the pressures and agitations, and announced extension of Mangalore-Yeshwanthpur train to Karwar in the recent budget. Count down has begun for the extension of the train, and revised time table is being worked out. In a few days, the train will run between Bangalore and Karwar. As per the new time schedule, the train will leave Karwar at 5.30 am, reach Mangalore Junction (Kankanady) station at 10.55 am, and reach Yeshwantpur at 10.45 pm. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the train will begin its journey from Karwar, whereas on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, it will begin its journey from Yeshwanthpur at 7.30 am to reach the city at 5.45 pm and reach Karwar at 11 pm.

The revised timings and route have come in as a bolt from the blue for the travellers from the city. At present, this train begins its journey from Mangalore Central station at 8.40 am, and reach Bangalore at 7.30 pm. This timing is convenient for the people to begin their onward journeys, and reach their destinations in Bangalore by catching buses, autos or taxis from the railway station there. But, they will find it difficult to catch buses and other modes of transport after reaching Bangalore at 10.45 pm once the extension is given effect to, or else they will have to shell out double the money by way of auto fare. Another disadvantage of the revised time table is that the train will skip Mangalore Central railway station. It will touch Kankanady on the outskirts of the city, and move to Karwar directly from there. This railway station lacks proper connectivity, and people will have to spend heavily to reach this station and catch the train from there.

Reportedly, lack of additional tracks in Mangalore Central station has forced the Railway Board to think of skipping that station.  Additionally, the fact that only three tracks are located in this station, and that they are always occupied by one train or the other between mornings and afternoon sessions, has rendered it impossible to route any trains to this station. Another reason put forth by the railway officials for deciding to run the train via Kankanady station is the need to earmark around 45 minutes more to reach the central railway station and go back to Kankanady, which will again extend the time the train reaches Bangalore.

The railway department is also considering the possibility of extending the train to Madgaon instead of Karwar because of lack of maintenance facilities in Karwar.  The train will halt at Kankanady, Udupi, Byndoor, Bhatkal, Gokarn and Kumta stations once the train extension comes into force. But, skipping of Mangalore Central station will be a major handicap of this train, as far as commuters from the city and other places are concerned, particularly so because of poor bus connectivity to this railway station, and exorbitant charges demanded by auto rickshaws and taxis for ferrying people there.

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Comments on this article
ashfakkader, mangalore/qatar
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Good news for the people of Udupi Kundapur Baindoor and Bhatkal

Peter, Bangalore
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Whats the difference in time if train stops at main stations like Mlore, Kundapur for 5 mins

satish rao m, Puttur/Pune
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kundapur is the second largest town in Udipi Dt.Thousands of Kundapurians are staying in Bangalore. The KARWAR-BANGALORE TRAIN should stop at Kundapur.The M.Ps from Udipi and Mangalore should strive for it.

Muskaan, Mangalore / Dubai
Thursday, April 21, 2011

I dont find much difference anyways..Its gonna be helpful for North Canara people which is good...I still prefer buses as we have convenient options :)

Bharath , subramanya road railway station/nettana
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

First of all Congratulation for North Kannadians.
The new timings r uncomfortable for manglorians. The Train to be made Super-Fast, so that the previous scheduled timings (ie 8.40/7.30)can be maintained as it is. The other option is to introduce a new day train from manglore cental. But that is impossible one. Because unfortunately we r in Karnataka Not in a KERALA or TAMIL NADU!!!.People should demand for a new train.

John Tauro, Mangalore / Kuwait
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I'd suggest the Karwar - B'lore train also skip Mangalore Junction (Kankanady) station since there is already a train from Mangalore Central to Bangalore via Mysore. This can also save time required for entry and exit from Kankanady. Instead arrangements be made for stops at Surathkal, Thokur and Farangipet where I believe passengers from Mangalore can board the train without much difficulty.

Lawrence D souza, Nakre Karkala Oman
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Satisfactory…. subsequently I am expecting and pray to god for passing the traine trough karkala …….is it possible? Those who reasonable need to activate ASAP………

Venance A.J.Crasta, Udyavara / Bangalore
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Good News for Udupi and Uttar Kannada Districts. Train to be made Super-Fast and to be made on Daily basis and to be extended up tp Goa. Night Train is to be extended up to Goa. This Train is more convinient that Day Train. At last something is better than nothing.....

usha krishnamoorthy, mangalore, alape
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It is high time that an underpass should be constructed at padil-bajal road. We, the residents of this area, are already fed up of the irregular railway gate timings. Railway gate is a nightmare while going to offices and schools since we do not understand when the gates are closed and once closed minimum of 15 to 30 minutes wait is required. This has forced many residents of this area to leave the own houses vacant and move towards central city area paying hefty amount as house rent.

Now the problem has increased since number of trains running through kankanady railway station are increasing. It looks so funny that in Mangalore, the land of intelligents, educates, people are put to face such a helpless situations. It is a mistery why the concerned officials are not heeding to the request/prayer of these more than 1000 houses. We beg you, please construct an underpass immediately and relieve us of the pains and extra expenditures on house rent, conveyance, maintenance etc. Thanking you in anticipation.

amir, bhatkal
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This is good news for Bhatkal & Karwar

Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Better travel buys bus to Bangalore. Less headaches. Bangalore auto drivers are like Italian taxi drivers.

Rajkumar, Udupi
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Good news for the people of Udupi Kundapur Baindoor and Bhatkal

Vivian , Bajal
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pleaseeeeeeeee Construct an underpass at Padil - Bajal road..we are struggling very badly bcoz of these trains some time more 30 minutes v shud wait ....MCC had earmarked Rs. 1 crore for the project already, said by Mr. Kateel...where is that money gone now???? Underpass to Come up on Padil-Bajal Road

srinivas, karkala/bangalore
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

good for udupi people! please convert this train into super fast train. atleast reach bangalore by 8pm. Please convert this into superfast train after reaching sakaleshpur. I mean stop at only sakaleshpur, hassan then directly bangalore. That reduces time required for travel. Thanks.

Rajesh Alva, Udupi / Kumta
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Good move by Indian railways.

We, the people from Udupi district and surrounding regions all the way up to Karwar too,demand a train from our source to Bangalore destination. It is enough if one train from bangalore has the final stop at mangalore central, to unload passengers in mangalore, but because of heavy demand from udupi and surrounding districts, it makes us also inconvenient to get off at mangalore central, and then catch an express bus all the way to bhatkal and beyond. It therefore, makes perfect sense, to have the train stop at kankanady only, and then proceed onwards towards bhatkal, karwar and beyond.

If autowallahs are charging exhorbitant rates at mangalore kankanady stop, then you have to take that issue with their union, or with some other civic authority, and this has nothing to do with indian railways.

gilbert, Mangalore
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

correction in the time : train will leave Karwar at 5.30 pm, reach Mangalore Junction (Kankanady) station at 10.55 am, and reach Yeshwantpur at 10.45 pm)

Munna, Bengaluru
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

As per the new time schedule, the train will leave Karwar at 5.30 pm, reach Mangalore Junction (Kankanady) station at 10.55 am, and reach Yeshwantpur at 10.45 pm.

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