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Blog Entry# 1405733  
Posted: Mar 24 2015 (11:06)

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Mar 24 2015 (11:03)   Demand for more special trains on Mumbai-Mangaluru route
 

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Some special trains are running with minimal or no halts in coastal Karnataka
With limited travel accommodation on buses between Mangaluru and Mumbai during the forthcoming summer holidays, there has been a demand for special trains to cater to the needs of coastal Karnataka as well as those settled in Mumbai and surrounding areas.
Different railway zones have so far announced special trains between Mumbai and Goa (Madgaon) and Kerala (Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram) via the Konkan Railway network, leaving coastal Karnataka residents amused.
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Karavali Rail Yatri Abhivriddhi Samithi president G. Hanumantha Kamath told The Hindu that the two existing daily trains between Mangaluru and Mumbai — Matsyagandha and Mumbai Express — were felt as inadequate to cater to the normal demand. With the summer holidays, the demand multiplies and the Railways should have announced special trains, he said. The Samithi would write to the Railway Ministry and the Railway Board, strongly demanding special trains, Mr. Kamath said.
Samithi’s adviser Anil Hegde said that a few years ago, special trains were run between Mangaluru and Mumbai; but these were discontinued due to low patronage. The low patronage was because of odd hours of operations of those trains, he said, and added that if special trains ran at convenient times, people would “love to travel” by them.
The railways had been operating a summer special between Mumbai and Ahmedabad until last year, which was running full, Mr. Hegde noted. This year, there was no news about the Ahmedabad special, he said. Mr. Hegde said that besides special trains to Mumbai, specials are also required to Ahmedabad and New Delhi.
Limited halts
Even if passengers intend to make use of special trains destined towards Kerala, the premium weekly special between Mumbai CST and Tirunelveli from April 1 to June 3 on every Wednesday has no halt in coastal Karnataka.
Similarly, the Mumbai CST-Ernakulam premium weekly special from March 29 to June 7 on every Sunday would halt only at Mangalore Junction. While bus fares range from Rs. 800 (for non air-conditioned) to Rs. 1,200 (non-air conditioned) with steep escalations during holidays, train fares range from Rs. 540 (sleeper class) to Rs. 1,420 (3-tier AC) and Rs. 2,045 (2-tier AC).
Matsyagandha and Mumbai Express take 16 hours and 14.5 hours respectively, and buses take 16 to 18 hours for the journey.
Plan in the pipeline
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL) has said that more special trains on the Konkan route network, including between Mangaluru and Mumbai, are in the pipeline.
Talking to The Hindu , KRCL’s Chief Public Relations Officer Vaishali Pathange said the corporation was in talks with Central Railway for connectivity to and from Mumbai, and with Southern Railway, for connectivity to and from Mangaluru.
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL) has said that more special trains on the Konkan route network, including between Mangaluru and Mumbai, are in the pipeline.
Responding to a query by The Hindu , KRCL’s Chief Public Relations Officer Vaishali Pathange said that the Corporation was in discussion with Central Railway for connectivity to and from Mumbai, and with Southern Railway, for connectivity to and from Mangaluru.

1 posts - Tue Mar 24, 2015

  
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Mar 24 2015 (22:52)
Guest: 823ec6d5   show all posts
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Why no proposal was not sent / got approved before summer season started? Reflects poor planning. Coastal Karnataka region is made to depend on trains from/ to Kerala at odd hours with less quota. They are made to book from Kannur or Kasaragod and board at Udupi/ Kundapura etc.

  
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Mar 24 2015 (22:53)
Guest: 823ec6d5   show all posts
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Forget specials. There is not even a dedicated weekly train from Mangaluru to Pune. Should be taken up properly.

  
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Mar 25 2015 (13:26)
sachindhaipule   292 blog posts   7 correct pred (88% accurate)
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There is Poorna Express from Pune to ERS.May be in next 2-3 years we can expect a daily train to Pune and a weekly to Hubli....

  
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Mar 25 2015 (21:09)
Guest: 823ec8ba   show all posts
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Pl go through my blog completely. My point is that both Poorna Exp (Via PNVL & via MRJ) are not a dedicated trains from Mangalore. No specific quota for Mangalore/ coastal KA. I want dedicated Mangalore - Pune trains via Panvel or via Belgaum, Miraj to take care of traffic from coastal KA to Pune.
Why should one wait for next 2-3 years? Are you expecting any miracle to happen? If SR, SWR and KR properly plan, such a miracle can happen even now. No one wants to hear coastal KA's travel needs, due to their own reasons. That is the issue.

  
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Mar 26 2015 (14:12)
sachindhaipule   292 blog posts   7 correct pred (88% accurate)
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ok cool.............Mangaluru needs better connectivity
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