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Yesterday (13:02)   Going to Mars was way, way cheaper

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   1172 news posts
Entry# 2173132   News Entry# 294443         Tags   Past Edits
Bengaluru-Hassan rail line took 21 years to be completed and cost almost Rs 1,300 crore, three times the cost of launching ISRO's Mars mission
One must congratulate all the Railways ministers of India and the governments of Karnataka between 1996 and 2017 for the completion of the Hassan-Bengaluru broad gauge line via Shravanabelagola.
However, it took almost 21 years to complete and cost of the project was four times the initial sanctioned amount due to delay in implementation. The safety inspection was conducted recently, and commercial operations may begin soon.
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website of the South Western Railways pegs the total cost of 167-km line at Rs 1,289.92 of crore, three times the cost of India's Mars Orbiter Mission (Rs 450 crore).
The railway line was the dream project of former prime minister HD Devegowda, who represents the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency.
The line was sanctioned during his stint as prime minister in 1996-97 with an initial estimated cost of Rs 295 crore, as per the original sanctioned pink book cost.
However, the final cost went up as much as four times of that estimation.
According to the pink book, 8 km of tracks was to be constructed per year with each kilometer costing Rs7.72 crore.
Of the total 167 km of the total project length, the 44 km track between Hassan and Shravanabelagola was commissioned in 2006 during Mahamastakabhishekha of Bahubali, and work between Nelamangala and Chikkabanavara (off Bengaluru) of 14 km was completed in 2013 (a total of 58 km for both work) and took 17 years.
On calculation, it comes out that a shocking 0.30 km of work per year was done in these two stretches.
Railways sources told BM that the commissioner for railway safety has conducted a statutory inspection of the section from Nelamangala to Shravanabelagola between February 6 and 10, including speed run trial which shows a possible 120 km per hour speed.
The sections from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Station (KSR), Bengaluru and Nelamangala on the one end, and Hassan and Shravanabelagola on the other end have already been commissioned for passenger traffic.
The remaining stretch from Nelamangala to Shravanabelagola will be started after authorisation by the commissioner for railway safety, probably by the end of this month.
Speaking on the delay,rail expert Sanjeev V Dyamannanavar said, “The cost got escalated due to Karnataka government's failure to acquire land in required time. Another reason for the delay was the alignment issues. Initially, the railway line was to pass through Vijay Mallya owned stud farm. However, following objections, Railways decided to go for re-alignment to save the stud farm. However, the farmers who were about to lose the land due to the re-alignment then approached court which ruled in their favour and directed the court to go for the alignment over Kunigal stud farm. At least five years was lost in this.Now, to recover the huge investment, the Railways have to convert Hassan into a railway hub by running trains from different parts of the state, otherwise it would become a non-profitable line like the Chikkamagaluru-Kadur or ChikkaballapurKolar lines. Even the freight traffic should be routed to Mangaluru port using Hassan railway line.“
It may also be recalled as to how Hassan-Shravanabelagola train service was operational in 2007 itself and there was a night train from Shravanabelogala to Bengaluru via Hassan and Arasikere. The train would leave Shravanabelagola in the night and reach Bengaluru in the morning (while the road route would take a couple of hours) and subsequently the train was discontinued.
Tunnel thrill
Adding to the glory of the track between Bengaluru and Mangaluru, the line will have a tunnel constructed at Marur village in Biskur forest area between Nelamangala and Kunigal. The passengers will be enthralled to travel in tunnel that is almost 30 metres below the ground level. The tunnel will be one kilometer long in an area where the forest is not so dense. It will be the closest rail tunnel to Bengaluru.
Distance and journey time reduced
The take-off point for the new line is Chikbanavar on Bengaluru-Tumakuru BG line. Chikbanavar is 13 kms from KSR Bengaluru City Railway station.The distance from Chikbanavar to Nelamangala is 14 km. Two pairs of trains are currently running between KSR Bengaluru City and Nelamangala.
The much awaited line will reduce the distance between Bengaluru and Hassan by 50 km via Arsikere and about 87 km via Mysuru. With distance being reduced, the journey time between these two junctions will be reduced by one hour. The passengers commuting to Mangaluru will also enjoy the benefit of distance being reduced by 50 km via Arsikere and 107 km via Mysuru.
This is a cost sharing project between the government of Karnataka and Ministry of Railways.
Blame game on for Whitefield-Kolar railway line project
The Whitefield-Kolar railway line is all set to take the route of Hassan-Bengaluru railway line via Shravanabelagola, as it seems it is going to take a long time to be completed and the initial estimate costs might go through the roof.
The railway line of 52 km between Whitefield and Kolar was sanctioned in the 2011-12 Railways budget for Rs 343 crore, with a cost sharing system between Indian Railways and the government of Karnataka.
The project is likely to take decades to finish as the physical progress of the project is shown as `Nil' on the Railways website.
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Ashok Gupta, chief administrative officer (construction), Bangalore Railway Division said, “There has not been any progress as the state government still has not allotted the required land of 831 acres.“
Ministers at the helm
During the railway budget years between 1996 and 2017, Railways got 15 ministers, with Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar taking charge twice
Two ministers from Karnataka, Mallikarjuna Kharge and DV Sadananda Gowda, have also taken charge as Railways ministers during this period

  
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Yash Railographer~   351 blog posts   66 correct pred (75% accurate)
Re# 2173132-1            Tags   Past Edits
IR will be IR🙏🙏

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Predictions: 1
confirm: 1
rac: 0
wl: 0
Journey: Sun Feb 19, 2017 @ 23:25
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 94
Travel: PGT/Palakkad Junction (Palghat)   to   SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)   |   481 km / 830 km
16316/Kochuveli - KSR Bengaluru Express
Entry# 2169051

Posted by: Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
PNR: 474-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Feb 18 2017 (11:08)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  460
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Feb 18 2017 (12:11)
Passenger 1: Can/Mod (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  460
Chart NOT Prepared

Full PNR Status History (2 statuses)
Status as of: Feb 18 2017 (12:11)
Passenger 1: Can/Mod (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  460
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Feb 18 2017 (11:08)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  460
Chart NOT Prepared


  
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Feb 18 2017 (11:09)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 2169051-1            Tags   Past Edits
which PNR will get confirmed?
This or /pnr/post/2168996
  
Predictions: 12
confirm: 12
rac: 0
wl: 0
Journey: Wed Feb 08, 2017 @ 08:30
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 135   |   Charting: < 06:30
Travel: YPR/Yesvantpur Junction   to   HTE/Hatia   |   1903 km / 1903 km
12836/Yesvantpur - Hatia SF Express (PT)
Entry# 2154609

Posted by: Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
PNR: 442-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Feb 07 2017 (13:51)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 1 (Booking Status: W/L 1,TQ)
Total Fare:  925
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Feb 07 2017 (21:21)
Passenger 1: S1,2 [MB] (Booking Status: W/L 1,TQ)
Total Fare:  925
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Full PNR Status History (2 statuses)
Status as of: Feb 07 2017 (21:21)
Passenger 1: S1,2 [MB] (Booking Status: W/L 1,TQ)
Total Fare:  925
Chart PREPARED

Status as of: Feb 07 2017 (14:17)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 1 (Booking Status: W/L 1,TQ)
Total Fare:  925
Chart NOT Prepared


  
Feb 07 2017 (20:16)
Hiriyanna*^   1886 blog posts   155345 correct pred (93% accurate)
Re# 2154609-1            Tags   Past Edits
PT AVAILABLE 57
  
Predictions: 15
confirm: 14
rac: 0
wl: 1
Journey: Sun Feb 05, 2017 @ 16:25
Class: Chair Car - CC   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 251
Travel: SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)   to   MAS/Chennai Central   |   359 km / 497 km
12008/Mysuru - Chennai Central Shatabdi Express
Entry# 2152143

Posted by: Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
PNR: 454-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Feb 05 2017 (10:41)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 40 (Booking Status: W/L 97,RLGN)
Total Fare:  1060
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Feb 05 2017 (12:17)
Passenger 1: C8,29 [WS] (Booking Status: W/L 97,RLGN)
Total Fare:  1060
Chart PREPARED

Full PNR Status History (2 statuses)
Status as of: Feb 05 2017 (12:17)
Passenger 1: C8,29 [WS] (Booking Status: W/L 97,RLGN)
Total Fare:  1060
Chart PREPARED

Status as of: Feb 05 2017 (10:58)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 40 (Booking Status: W/L 97,RLGN)
Total Fare:  1060
Chart NOT Prepared


  
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Feb 05 2017 (11:18)
穆罕默德·德恩   921 blog posts   71844 correct pred (87% accurate)
Re# 2152143-1            Tags   Past Edits
current avl 92 in source station (Mysuru)

  
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Feb 05 2017 (11:50)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 2152143-2            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks.
thats why i waited till now to book in GNWL. i was bit apprehensive about Current availability. else would have waited longer.
i have a connecting train from MAS tonight. but my PNR is still waitlisted. /pnr/post/2151135
i booked this hoping that too will confirm
  
Predictions: 8
confirm: 1
rac: 0
wl: 7
Journey: Thu Feb 02, 2017 @ 18:50
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 21
Travel: PUNE/Pune Junction   to   PMY/Pali Marwar   |   1008 km / 2106 km
16508/KSR Bengaluru - Bhagat Ki Kothi (Jodhpur) Express (PT)
Entry# 2146584

Posted by: rajpurohitrajan   2 blog posts   10 correct pred (55% accurate)
PNR: 464-xxxxxxx    |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Jan 31 2017 (11:32)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 15 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
Total Fare:  695
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Feb 02 2017 (04:07)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 5 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
Total Fare:  695
Chart PREPARED

Full PNR Status History (6 statuses)
Status as of: Feb 02 2017 (03:37)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 5 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
Total Fare:  695
Chart PREPARED

Status as of: Feb 01 2017 (18:57)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 5 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
Total Fare:  695
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Feb 01 2017 (11:19)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 6 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
Total Fare:  695
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Feb 01 2017 (09:41)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 9 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
Total Fare:  695
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Feb 01 2017 (01:07)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 12 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
Total Fare:  695
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Jan 31 2017 (11:32)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 15 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
Total Fare:  695
Chart NOT Prepared


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Feb 01 2017 (15:23)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 2146584-3            Tags   Past Edits
Around 6.00 PM today
  
★  General Travel
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Jan 28 2017 (19:07)   22888/Yesvantpur - Howrah HumSafar Express | LOGH/Lotte Golla Halli (2 PFs)

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
Entry# 2143760            Tags   Past Edits
22883 slowly cruises towards LOGH on its inaugural run
  
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Jan 26 2017 (10:47)   22888/Yesvantpur - Howrah HumSafar Express | YPR/Yesvantpur Junction (6 PFs) | BZA/WAP-4

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
Entry# 2140755            Tags   Past Edits
Baby on a Newbie:
A young boy poses for a pic while the staff are busy decorating the loco of the inaugural service of YPR-HWH Humsafar Express at YPR today

3 posts - Thu Jan 26, 2017

  
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Jan 26 2017 (11:06)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 2140755-4            Tags   Past Edits
i too hope so

  
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Jan 26 2017 (12:01)
Need MAQ to Interior KA trains~   1865 blog posts   698 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2140755-5            Tags   Past Edits
But y have they decorated it, already inaugural run is done ??

  
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Jan 26 2017 (12:43)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
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Dont really know. me too surprised to see about the decoration. there were many officials and officers on the platform and in train too.

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Jan 26 2017 (12:47)
Need MAQ to Interior KA trains~   1865 blog posts   698 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Sir check this: /blog/post/2140902
Minister of Statistics & Programme Implementation had inaugurated HS from YPR.

  
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Jan 26 2017 (12:49)
Boxer Bhai~   38143 blog posts   12667 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 2140755-10            Tags   Past Edits
As i said for publicity stunt under karnataka qouta
Departure: Thu Jan 26 2017 @ 09:55
22888/Yesvantpur - Howrah HumSafar Express
Trip# 102577    Traveller: Back to my world where I dont belong    Linked PNR Entry# 2139066
Class: AC 3-tier - 3A
From: YPR/Yesvantpur Junction
To: KPD/Katpadi Junction
9 wishes
HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ HJ Happy Journey HJ HJ in HS
TRIP HAS ENDED.
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Jan 26 2017 (11:05)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
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All coaches are NR ones

  
Jan 26 2017 (11:06)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2766 blog posts   271 correct pred (64% accurate)
Re# 2139066-26            Tags   Past Edits
Nothing related to laziness. Charts not pasted on most trains as part of go green initiative. Its been happening since last 6 months.

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Jan 26 2017 (11:10)
GD HS SKD the pride of NER   1337 blog posts   60 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 2139066-29            Tags   Past Edits
NR ones were used in inaugural of BNC KYQ and who stood at GKP in July were actually just 3AC coaches with HS livery and little enhancements. I guess services like RO and Coffee machines and some other stuff are also missing in these ones.

  
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Jan 26 2017 (11:14)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
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No idea about that. May be 'Tripper' can confirm about the availability of those services on board

  
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Jan 26 2017 (11:17)
GD HS SKD the pride of NER   1337 blog posts   60 correct pred (77% accurate)
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Nah I am just telling about NR marked HS rake. KYQ BNC got its original HS NFR marked coaches after 2-3 runs.

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Jan 24 2017 (17:24)   12683/Ernakulam - KSR Bengaluru SF Express

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
Entry# 2138670            Tags   Past Edits
Why is the availability different only for one day?

  
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Jan 24 2017 (17:30)
Hel wid Blog cnt wen derz no useful content in dem~   460 blog posts   28 correct pred (83% accurate)
Re# 2138670-1            Tags   Past Edits
did u check in irctc? there also showing same?

  
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Jan 24 2017 (17:35)
Hareesh Mangalam*^~   3846 blog posts   43014 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 2138670-2            Tags   Past Edits
We can check the availability in Tatkal quota only on the previous day.

  
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Jan 24 2017 (17:57)
One Mail~   4735 blog posts   1439 correct pred (70% accurate)
Re# 2138670-3            Tags   Past Edits
official website shares same info.
  
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Jan 24 2017 (10:39)   Can't wait to ditch my 2-wheeler and start travelling by the railbus

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   1172 news posts
Entry# 2138246   News Entry# 292056         Tags   Past Edits
Though there are technically no local trains between Bengaluru and Tumakuru, local residents prefer using the trains that run between the two cities to go to work in the morning and return back in the evening. These days the trains are also preferred by college goers as a number of engi neering colleges have come up near Chikkabanavara and Soladevanahalli.
Though travel ling by trains is convenient, the only thing lacking is frequency.With Bengaluru-Tumakuru being a double track and the BengaluruNelamangala being a single track, there are not many trains which help the local residents. However, as a recent trip to Nelamangala by the railbus proved it's worth a ride.
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took the railbus from the Yeshwanthpur Railway station at 7:30 am for Nelamangala. The railbus is a compact, cute looking rail which is half the size of a normal train boogie. The seats inside were like any day passenger train.
The platform was bustling with people but only 12-15 people took th railbus. It was curious why not many chose a mode of transport which was budget-friendly, faster than others and also comfortable.
The railbus started at 7:40 am, with a complete feel of a bus, with even the engine starting like one.
The railcar even had a box of engine beside the driver as seen in any normal bus. Even as my subconscious expected the loud horn of a train, the conscious elf was surprised by the bus horn that the railbus emitted. The name `rail-bus `just made complete sense.
The railbus was quick and reached its next stop ­ Chikkabanavara -by 8 am. Few alighted and few got in. The ride was airy, spacious and quite enjoya ble as the rail bus lacked the normal hustle and bustle of a public transport. In quick succession, the coach reached the third stop ­ Soldevanahalli -by 8:05 am and its destination Nelamangala by 8:30 am. It stopped at Nelamangala for 15 minutes, and sharp at 8:45 am, we were on our way back to Yeshwanthpur. The return journey witnessed a number of people heading to their offices in Bengaluru.
The only hiccup in a hitherto pleasant ride was a halt of more than an hour after we reached the Chikkabanavara Station. I was told that the halt was because of a crossing; the passengers however were unperturbed by the delay.
Renukamma, a passenger who was going to Malleshwaram with her ill mother, told me that despite the delay they preferred the airy, comfortable journey by the railbus to a clautrophbic bus.
“The bus will be crowded and even it will stop in traffic jams. At least there is no pollution here and so much space,“ she said. The railbus reached Yeshwanthpur at 10:30 am. While travelling to Nelamangala, the journey of 19.8 km was covered in less than 45 minutes, without any pollution, plenty of seats to choose from. The to and fro journey cost me only Rs 20. In addition, there was no annoying traffic jams. If only more people utilised the railbus and authorities started more of such connecting rail-buses, so much traffic would be off the roads. Many Bengalureans are just waiting for such an initiative. “If only this railbus was connected with the City Railways Station, I am sure more and more people would prefer this,“ Gangadhar, a passenger travelling from Nelamangala to Yeshwanthpur said.
I can't wait to ditch my twowheeler and start taking the railbus, if it is connected to more places that I visit every day.

  
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Jan 24 2017 (11:47)
shuk RAILWAY is my first crush~   544 blog posts   260 correct pred (55% accurate)
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Its really great to know we have railbus. While my college days there was no train to Soladevanahalli however seems route is improving and getting more trains like railbus. This kind of facilities must be increase to sub-urban's like Tumkur and surrounding areas which would definitely help daily passengers.

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