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Feb 05 2017 (06:36)   Kudla Express likely to run via Shravanabelagola

rdb*^   126123 news posts
Entry# 2152071   News Entry# 293135         Tags   Past Edits
Kudla Express, the day train between Bengaluru and Mangaluru via Mysuru announced by the then Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, is now likely to be operated via Shravanabelagola by March-end. The move would drastically reduce the distance and time taken for the journey, from 447 km to 340 km and from 13 hours to eight-nine hours.
As per the timetable published in 2014, the yet-to-be introduced Train No. 16575 was to leave Bengaluru at 8.30 a.m. to reach Mangaluru Central at 9.15 p.m. and Train No. 16576 to leave Mangaluru Central at 6.30 a.m. to reach Bengaluru at 7.30 p.m. via Mysuru.
to conditions
However, the re-routing of the train is subject to several conditions. The first being authorisation by the Commissioner of Railway Safety to operate passenger trains on the newly constructed Nelamangala-Shravanabelagola line. The second being availability of coaches to form the rake for the train and the third is concurrence by the Railway Board to change the route.
South Western Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer E. Vijaya told The Hindu that the South Western Railway was planning to run the train via Shravanabelagola. Since the zone is facing shortage of coaches to form a rake, the process may take some time; but by March-end the train should run, she said.
Via Mysuru initially
R.L. Dias, president of the Railway Yatri Sangha, Udupi, who has filed a public interest writ petition before the High Court of Karnataka, seeking a direction to South Western Railway to run the train as announced in the budget, said that the zone has told the court that it would start the new service by March 1. Since its route and timetable have been published, South Western Railway cannot change it on its own and would initially have to run the train via Mysuru itself. Thereafter, the board’s concurrence has to be taken to re-route it, he said.
Ms. Vijaya also concurred and said that South Western Railway would have to solicit opinion from beneficiaries of the train. Since Mangaluru comes under Southern Railway and change in timings is involved, that zone’s concurrence too is required, she said.

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Feb 24 2017 (10:14)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 2152071-7            Tags   Past Edits
What about starting night train service?? Or atleast running the current train that runs via Mysore on this route??

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Feb 24 2017 (10:49)
MCPNBR   1948 blog posts   101 correct pred (88% accurate)
Re# 2152071-10            Tags   Past Edits
No info upto now. It is approved to run train services on Feb 28 onwards. But yet to confirm the train. May be some passenger service between SBC-HAS.

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Feb 24 2017 (20:27)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 2152071-15            Tags   Past Edits
Bus takes around 7to 9 hrs

Feb 24 2017 (20:33)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 2152071-16            Tags   Past Edits
What can general public do to persuade SWR start night trains on this route. I have written on various sites like pgportal and the recent railways complaint system. The only response I got is "train would be introduced shortly"

Feb 25 2017 (02:57)
A good day ahead~   2349 blog posts
Re# 2152071-17            Tags   Past Edits
That is purely up to SWR. The ghat section in this route is a very dangerous route, particularly in the night time. Night time patrolling for the Gangmen on the Shiradi ghat section is a very dangerous routine. Until SWR does something to improve the situation there first, there will not be much traffic on the route in the night.
General Travel
Feb 24 2017 (10:06)  

shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 2176502            Tags   Past Edits
Recently I read the news about safety tests being conducted on the new Bangalore-Mangalore route till the 10th of Feb.
Haven't heard any news of the results since then.
Does any one have any updates on this and when can we expect passenger trains to run on this route.
General Travel
Feb 01 2016 (22:31)  

shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 1726998            Tags   Past Edits
When do you think the Mangalore-Bangalore train via Arsekere likely to start?? I had heard last year around june that it would be operational from june 2016.. is this likely to happen?? Anyone one from railways please shed some light
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Commentary/Human InterestSR/Southern  -  
Nov 10 2014 (15:12)   Mangalore Junction on way to becoming world-class station

rdb*^   126123 news posts
Entry# 1272821   News Entry# 200743         Tags   Past Edits
While the Indian Railways had said it will develop Mangalore Junction Railway Station according to world-class standards, the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) is in the process of identifying additional land required for the purpose.
MCC Commissioner (in-charge) Gokuldas Nayak informed a meeting chaired by Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha Member Nalin Kumar Kateel that the survey would be completed in a fortnight. The Corporation is confident of identifying and acquiring about 100-150 acres of land, in addition to 63 acres held by the Southern Railway for the proposed renovation, Mr. Nayak said.
On getting
the land, the Railways will identify a private partner to develop the station, Mr. Kumar said in the meeting, which was attended by officials of the Southern Railway and the Konkan Railway. The approach roads to the station too would have to be developed into world-class standards by the MCC, he added.
Road bridges
Responding to demands by area councillors, Mr. Kumar said the proposed road underbridge (RuB) at Jeppu Kudpadi in the city would be completed by June 15, for which the MCC has already paid Rs. 3.61 crore to the Southern Railway, he said. The RuB is funded solely by the MCC. The RuB on Padil-Bajal Road would be completed by March 15, he said.
Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken over construction of the second road overbridge (RoB) at Baikampadi and added it would be complete by February. Another RoB on Mangalore-Bangalore NH near B.C. Road would be complete by January, he said.
While work on Adarsh station at Puttur would be complete next month, the construction of two more platforms for that station would be over by February, he said. Two RoBs – near APMC and Vivekananda College – in Puttur have been sanctioned under 50:50 cost sharing pattern and the state government has to approve the same, he said.
KRCL officials informed the MP that the shortcomings noticed by him – unclean platforms, lack of parking space, etc. – at the Surathkal station had been addressed. Mr. Kumar asked the district administration to shift the commercial tax check post near the station entrance (for checking trucks to be loaded on roll on-roll off service) to a different place to remove congestion in the area.
Southern Railway’s Palakkad Divisional Railway Manager Anand Prakash, and Konkan Railway’s Karwar Regional Manager Bindu Muralidharan were present.

Nov 10 2014 (19:21)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 1272821-1            Tags   Past Edits
I think upgrading stations is not as important as opposed to providing more trains and running the existing on 'TIME'. This is very important, only then will making stations world class make sense.
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Commentary/Human InterestSR/Southern  -  
Nov 10 2014 (11:31)   Mangaluru Junction to be a world class railway station soon

rdb*^   126123 news posts
Entry# 1272521   News Entry# 200651         Tags   Past Edits
With the Southern Railways and Mangaluru City Corporation commencing land survey, the proposal to convert Mangalulu Junction railway station into 'World Class Railway Station' has gained momentum.
Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar chairing a meeting of railway officials here on Saturday said that World Class Railway Station will be reality soon after the MCC completes acquiring land and State government gives its nod for the same.
The world class station requires minimum of 100 acre land. The Railways already have 63 acre land. Hence, the MCC has been asked to conduct a survey
and acquire the needed land for the purpose near the railway station. The work on the prposal will be accelerated if the MCC completes the land acquisition process and State government gives its nod for the same,” he added.
The MP said that the railway station will be developed on par with the international standards. The railway ministry has already decided to implement the project under PPP mode.
As per the Railway’s plan, it requires a 15 metre wide approach road. The city corporation has already started the survey of the land for road at Nagori.
With the city corporation handing over Rs 3.61 crore to Southern Railways, the work of Road Under Bridge (RUB) in lieu of level crossing at Jeppu Kudpady will commence soon and it will be completed by June, 2015. Survey will be conducted to find a solution to problems at Thokkottu, the MP said.
He said that the bridge at Baikampady will be completed by February end and at Bantwal by January end. With the closure of Baikampady railway gate, the residents are facing inconvenience. Hence, the railways have been directed to solve the problem at the earliest, to ensure that no inconvenience is met at the residents. A RUB will come up at Haleyangadi at an estimated cost of Rs 4.5 crore on a cost sharing basis by the State government and Konkan Railways Corporation.
“I have placed the proposal of ROB near Puttur APMC and Vivekananda College. The work on Puttur Adarsh Railway Station will be completed by December end. Two railway platforms worth Rs two crore will be built and will be completed by February. The proposal on extension of platforms at Bantwal and Neralakatte has been submitted. Tender has been invited for the construction of toilets at Subrahmanya railway station,” the MP said.
Nalin Kumar Kateel directed the officials to reduce the running timings of Karwar-Mangalore-Bangalore train by one hour.
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd Public Relations Officer (Mangalore) Sudha Krishnamurthy said “measures have been initiated to clean Suratjkal railway station. To check the inconvenience met by the locals owing to Ro-Ro service, additional railway police will be deployed.”

Nov 10 2014 (14:30)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
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The need of the hour is having a faster service between SBC and MAQ. With the recent changes in the schedule the train takes more that 13 hrs to reach Mangalore which was earlier taking 12 hrs. I guess this is what happens when DVS asked to increase the train speed to 150 t0 200 kmph
General Travel
Aug 25 2014 (13:59)   16517/KSR Bengaluru City - Kannur Express [via Mysuru] | KGI/Kengeri (4 PFs)

shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 1196797            Tags   Past Edits
The train stop at Kengeri has been cancelled for train 16517/16523 from October onwards. Is there any possibility that the stop would be reinstated? They had done the same thing in July as well but then the cancellation was postponed further. Why are they troubling the passengers. I have raised a grievance in pgportal like last tme : MORLY/E/2014/09014

Aug 25 2014 (15:45)
Vinay Bharadwaj*^~   4706 blog posts   953 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 1196797-1            Tags   Past Edits
Need to wait for the official info. Would be available within a week..

Sep 05 2014 (16:07)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 1196797-3            Tags   Past Edits
Is there any official info on reinstating the Kengeri stop for this train. God knows why the railways are harassing the commuters
General Travel
Jun 04 2014 (16:13)   16517/KSR Bengaluru City - Kannur Express [via Mysuru] | KGI/Kengeri (4 PFs)

shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 1123038            Tags   Past Edits
I see that from July onwards the stop at Kengeri has be removed for train 16517 Yeshwantpur-Kannur express. Can some one tell why they have done this. I have been traveling by this train from past 2 years and it has been very convenient to board at Kengeri. Entering city in the evenings is a nightmare due to traffic. Also, i have seen increase in the commuters boarding the train at Kengeri.
Is there any way that public can request the railways to reconsider the decesion

Jun 04 2014 (19:08)
Vijeth Bharadwaj   1534 blog posts   11222 correct pred (92% accurate)
Re# 1123038-1            Tags   Past Edits
Yes. Its a big blow for many passengers. Otherwise CPT, RMGM stop removal was better

Jun 04 2014 (20:21)
Need MAQ to Interior KA trains~   1876 blog posts   700 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 1123038-2            Tags   Past Edits
Yes, this train should have stop at Kengeri.
In addition, there should be MEMUs running between Kengeri till Bangarapet, r there MEMUs with SWR??

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Jun 09 2014 (16:03)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
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HI Vijeth, Can i write a letter to the railways to reconsider their decision. Do you know whom should i address the letter to etc.

Jun 09 2014 (16:12)
Vijeth Bharadwaj   1534 blog posts   11222 correct pred (92% accurate)
Re# 1123038-5            Tags   Past Edits
Please post in pgportal.gov.in.
Also send an email to mygrapa@gmail.com
Lets see what happens.
I personally feel KGI will not be removed, but has to wait till an official PR by SWR

Jun 09 2014 (17:31)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 1123038-6            Tags   Past Edits
Vijeth, i have already raised a grievance in pgportal. Sent mail to mygrapa@gmail.com as well.

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Travel Question
Jun 04 2014 (16:25)  

shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 1123052            Tags   Past Edits
I booked a ticket via IRCTC. After payment when it came back to IRCTC website, it said there was some error. So i went to booked history to check if the ticket got booked. The booked history shows the reservation status as not booked but when i click on the transaction id and go inside it shows the reservation status as booked. The PNR is not updated though.
What should i do in this case.

Jun 04 2014 (16:30)
Anshul Vipat~   7928 blog posts   1878 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 1123052-1            Tags   Past Edits
Have you got sms of IRCTC?? Also check your PNR status. This error happens many times. Also check your booked history. In case it is not showing,go to print e-ticket and check.

Jun 04 2014 (16:33)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 1123052-2            Tags   Past Edits
I have not got sms from irctc. PNR no shows 0. The screenshot attached is from booked history only
May 26 2014 (16:42)  

shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 1112106            Tags   Past Edits
Need contact details of SBC Public relations officer. Would appreciate if someone can share the details

May 26 2014 (18:19)
Jayashree ❖ Amita*^   12048 blog posts   98420 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 1112106-1            Tags   Past Edits
Name of the Officer - Suvankar Bishwas
Designation - Pub.Relation Officer
Ph No. - 080-22874670

May 28 2014 (12:04)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 1112106-2            Tags   Past Edits
Called the no multiple times since may 26. No one picks up the phone. I woulder if its a public relations breaker office

May 28 2014 (12:12)
Being Educated is Just a statement   11654 blog posts   468 correct pred (66% accurate)
Re# 1112106-3            Tags   Past Edits
Write to the CPRO and check.
Chief Public Relations Officer
South Western Railway
+91 836 2360747
Email :
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Sep 30 2013 (22:06)   Temporary train stops in SWR zone

rdb*^   126123 news posts
Entry# 1112096   News Entry# 150616         Tags   Past Edits
South Western Railway will provide one minute temporary stoppage at Hosadurga Road station between Birur and Chikjajur stations for Dharwad-Bangalore City-Dharwad Siddaganga Intercity Express for six months on an experimental basis with effect from Tuesday.Accordingly, 12725 Bangalore City-Dharwad Intercity Express will arrive/depart at Hosadurga Road station at 5.10/5.11 pm.In the return direction, 12726 Dharwad-Bangalore City Inter City Express will arrive/depart at Hosadurga Road station at 9.34/9.35 am, an SWR press release stated.The Railway Board has also extended temporary stoppages at various stations for trains running over South Western Railway (SWR) zone till June 30, 2014. The trains will stop at:
12629/12630 Yeshwantpur-Nizamuddin-Yesvantpur Express stops at Dharwad
Howrah-Vasco da gama-Howrah Amaravathi Express at Dharwad, Koppal and Tormagallu
16531/16532 Ajmer-Yeshwantpur-Ajmer Express at Koppal
16533/16534 Jodhpur-Yeshwantpur-Jodhpur Express at Koppal
16535/16536 Yeshwantpur-Solapur-Mysore Express at Ranebennur, Haveri,
 Annigeri, Hole Alur, Guledagudda, Almatti, Basavanabagewadi Road
17307/17308 Yeshwantpur-Bagalkot-Yesvantpur Express at Basavanabagewadi Road, Almatti and Gouribidanur
17415/17416 Kolhapur-Tirupati-Kolhapur Haripriya Express at Alnavar and Khanapur
16232/16231 Mysore-Mayiladuturai-Mysore Express at Kengeri and Karmelaram
16732/16731 Mysore-Tuticorin-Mysore Express at Karmelaram
12027/12028 Chennai-Bangalore City-Chennai at Bangalore Cantonment
18463/18464 Bhubaneswar-Bangalore-Bhubaneswar Express at Gouribidanur
16201/16202 Bangalore-Shimoga Town-Bangalore Express at Tiptur and Kadur
16591/16592 Hubli-Mysore-Hubli Hampi Express at Bhanapur
16517/16518 Yeshwantpur-Cannore-Yesvantpur Express at Kengeri
16527/16528 Yeshwantpur-Cannore-Yesvantpur Express at Banaswadi and Karmelaram
12677/12678 Bangalore-Ernakulam-Bangalore Express at Karmelaram
 56213/56214 Chamarajanagar-Tirupati-Chamarajanagar Passenger at Tyakal
17209/17210 Bangalore-Kakinada Town-Bangalore Seshadri Express at Malur
16537/16538 Bangalaore-Nagercoil-Bangalore Express at Dharmapuri
22601/22602 Chennai-Sainagar Shirdi-Chennai Express at Malur
06517/06518 Yeshwantpur-Miraj-Yeshwantpur Tri-weekly Express at Kudachi
12864/12863 Howrah-Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express at Kuppam
17315/17316 Vasco-Velankanni-Vasco Express at Sanvordem Curchorem
16315/16316 Kochuveli-Bangalore-Kochuveli Express at Kuppam
57642 Bagalkot-Solapur Passenger at Chorgi Halt

May 26 2014 (16:36)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
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May 26 2014 (16:36)
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May 26 2014 (16:37)
shashikanthb   30 blog posts   4 correct pred (80% accurate)
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Do you know why a stop at Kengeri for train 16517 has been cancelled from July onwards?
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