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Nov 19 2013 (23:37)   12133/Mumbai CST - Mangaluru Junction SF Express | BTJL/Bhatkal (2 PFs)
 

Mohammed Zishan   8 blog posts
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Yelling around the deaf ears of Indian Railway authorities
Bhatkal: For some people, the idioms such as 'yelling on a dead body' and 'yelling around deaf ears' don't make much sense, but for the people of Bhatkal, these idioms are not only understandable but under phrased than the reality around them. If you don't understand the meaning of these idioms, ask the people of Bhatkal who are yelling around the extraordinarily deaf ears of the Indian railway authorities since the last 2 years that too to solve a problem which would have been easily solved by the railway authorities long ago. But the ignorance from the authorities makes one wonder whether the authorities have a grudge against the citizens of this town.
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In this fateful period, the Indian railway has seen -not one- but four different ministers but unfortunately all four seem to have taken their office with that 'deafness' for the people of this region.
The people of Bhatkal are not demanding to rebuild the existing railway station nor are they asking for an expansion. They are not demanding a special train nor are they appealing for better trains. What they are asking for is a halt of some minutes of a certain train at their station so that they may board it and commute on it and this request to halt the train for some minutes is waiting for approval since the last 2 years.
The Mumbai CST Mangalore junction express train 12133/12134 started running on July 2 2011 creating an easy option for people of coastal Karnataka to travel to Mumbai. The train has halts in Kumta and Udupi, Surathkal and Byndoor but does not halt in Bhatkal. The people of Bhatkal have been demanding a halt at their station since the last 2 years.
Ironies above ironies
Countless letters and memorandums have been sent to the DC, the railway ministry and even to the office of the prime minister, the demands of public which he forwarded to the railway authorities were even endorsed by the Minister in charge, the Konkan railway officials, the railway minister himself, state railway minister and the minority affairs ministry. But despite these endorsements and countless appeals and memorandums, the railway ministry has portrayed a very good example of the 'deafness' of an ignorant authority.
Some ironies make the railway ministry look even more foolish than people consider it. For instance, the train in question is halting at the Kundapur station which is 30 KMs away from Udupi and 40 KMs away from Mookambika road station. Even though these both stations have scheduled halts for the train, the officials deem it unfit to make a halt at Bhatkal. The trains is halting now at 4 stations within the distance of 30 Kms but still not halting for some minutes at Bhatkal.
What makes this issue a test of foolishness for the railway authorities is the following facts which can be considered ironies above ironies.
1.Surprising as it may sound, the highest number of passengers from the coastal Karnataka, who commute on the said train and who go to the CST are from Bhatkal.
2. In a country where the government is said to be trying to provide cheap and good travel options especially in the railway, this lack of halt has resulted in the meaningless lose of lakhs of Rupees of Bhatkali citizens. How? In order to board the said train, the traveler has to spend an extra amount of nearly 600 hundred Rupees to travel to the nearest halt which is Byndoor. And he has to do that with his luggage and sometimes family members or friends who come to help him board the train or see him off. Is it not an irony that the fair to CST Mumbai is lesser than the amount a Bhatkali passenger has to spend in order to get to the station a few kilometers away? And that too because the railway authorities can't schedule a single halt for the convenience of people?
Mr. Syed Hasan Barmavar, a prominent social worker of Bhatkal says that he has sent more than 50 letters for this cause to the offices of various officials. -Even though we managed to get endorsements and approvals, the concerned railway authorities have still not scheduled a halt at the Bhatkal railway station. -Now we have decided to approach the court of law to settle this issue.- He added.

51 posts - Tue Nov 26, 2013

  
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Nov 26 2013 (14:05)
Mohammed Zishan   8 blog posts
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Bhatkal: " The commuters of Bhatkal are facing serious problems while travelling to other cities especially Mumbai. Travelling to the railway station which is 25kms away along with luggage, children and women is not an easy task. The travelers have to pay extra charge for this 25kms, also cope with the strain of minding their belongings even before the real journey has begun. It is urgently required that the Mangalore- Mumbai express takes a halt at the Bhatkal railway station so that these sufferings come to an end." These were the words of Mr. Syed Hasan Barmavar, social worker and Ex-Municipal counselor of Bhatkal, who has so far sent 29 letters and written applications to the railway ministry with no positive response.
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Mangalore Junction - Mumbai CST Express, which passes through Bhatkal, has no scheduled halt in the town due to which the commuters are suffering. In the latest letter to the Railway ministry, Mr. Barmavar has stated that citizens of Bhatkal keep visiting Mumbai especially the VT area where they have relatives to visit. Also many Hajj and Umra pilgrims visit Mumbai, where they board their flights for Saudi Arabia. The Bhatkali passengers are forced to travel to other station which is at the distance of 25kms from Bhatkal, which makes it very inconvenient for the travelers. Bhatkal is an important revenue station as well as an important town of the region; despite this the railway ministry is turning a deaf ear towards the problem.
The railway ministry seems hell bent on depriving Bhatkali citizens of their rights and makes them suffer. In the latest reply of Mr. Barmavar's letter, the railway ministry has maintained that the 11 mail/express trains and 1 passenger train are enough for the town saying that " Stoppage of Train No.12133 / 12134 is neither found commercially justified nor operationally feasible at present." It seems the sufferings of the local commuters are not justifiable enough for the ministry to schedule a single stop of the train in town.
These continuous negative responses have surprised the local authorities as well as the public. The District Commissioner of Uttar Kannada had earlier recommended to the railway ministry to schedule a stop at the Bhatkal railway station stating in his recommendation letter that "since there is no stoppage in Bhatkal, people have to shuttle between adjacent stations which is of great inconvenience for the people in Bhatkal town especially the weaker sections of society like the poor, minorities, aged persons, women and children." Ignoring these facts, the ministry has taken no step to schedule a halt in the region. Even the Konkan railway corporation had recommended this halt several times to the ministry but to no avail.
The issue can be solved if the NRI's residing in various countries take the initiative and approach the embassy for a solution. Currently, no social organization is doing enough to solve this issue and Mr. Barmavar remains the lone person who is trying to attract the attention of authorities towards the problem. The combined pressure of the people can easily make the ministry revise its action and the issue can solved.
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Nov 26 2013 (14:09)
Mohammed Zishan   8 blog posts
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the ministry of railway has accepted the bill
and given order to give 2 mints halt at bhatkal
at last we succeeded :)

  
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Nov 26 2013 (17:02)
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It is just a proposal which shall never get accepted

  
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Nov 26 2013 (17:18)
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So what? these are just news clippings which are available everywhere. You don't have to post them here as replies!

  
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Dec 02 2013 (13:55)
Mohammed Zishan   8 blog posts
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Coastal News
​Citizens welcome halt of Mumbai CST train in Bhatkal
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Bhatkal: The new daily Mumbai CST-Mangalore Express train was​ welcomed by the Bhatkali citizens in the morning and was​ flagged off by Bhatkal MLA Mankal Vaidya on Sunday evening at Bhatkal Railway Station.
The train which ​halted for the first time in the morning at 10.40 am​ at Bhatkal railway station was welcomed by citizens ​who also garlanded social worker Mr. ​S​yed Hassan Barmavar for ​his efforts to make this possible​.
Konkan Railway ​will ​halt 12133/12134 Mumbai CST-Mangalore Express at Bhatkal railway Station on experimental basis.
In the evening program Tanzeem General Secretary Muhiddin Altaf Kharuri, Muslim leader Inayatullah Shabandri, Vittal Nailk, Abdul Rahim Shaikh and many others were present.​
While welcoming the train at morning Nazeer Kashimji, Mandey Saib Mohtesham, M N Pai, Nisar top, Fayyaz Mulla advocate Khan amongst many other social workers were present.
  
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Mohammed Zishan   8 blog posts
Entry# 911773            Tags   Past Edits
Do any one Know when will the New DMU Train
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