South Western Railway (SWR) appears to be misleading the public with contradictory statements on diversion of the Bengaluru-Karwar/ Kannur overnight express via the newly opened Kunigal-Hassan route that drastically reduces travel time.
Presently, the train runs via Mysuru and takes 18 hours to traverse about 700 km
Better cancel Kannur portion and increase Karwar coaches, anyhow Kannur already has a dedicated train from Bengaluru. MYS should also not lose the only train to Mangaluru, Karnataka has the worst intra-state connectivity. So better would be to run an additional train between SBC-MAQ via Nelamangala.
The train via Salem is extremely long Kannur portion is also important