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Nov 18 (19:32)   Huge demand notwithstanding, city has no direct train to B’luru, commuters irked
Entry# 4491796   News Entry# 395127         Tags   Past Edits
Visakhapatnam: While nearly 20-30% of all train commuters from Visakhapatnam
station travel to and from Bengaluru, the station does not have a single regular train between Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru.
Many people travelling between the cities, mostly techies have to depend of
passing through the city railway station or on special trains operated occasionally.
a total of six trains pass between
railway station and Bengaluru. All these trains come from either Odisha or West Bengal. Of the six trains, only two— Bhubaneswar-Bengaluru Prasanti Express and Howrah-Yesvantpur Express run daily.
N Gajapathi Rao, member of the East Coast Railway (ECoR), zonal consultative committee told TOI that it is unfortunate that there are no direct trains running between Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru. “The city has direct trains to smaller cities like Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Hatia, Tatanagar and Machilipatnam, but not to Bengaluru,” he said.
“The railways introduced Prasanti Express between Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru in 1998. But the point of origin was later shifted to Bhubaneswar in 2006,” Rao told TOI.
The railways operated a special train between Visakhapatnam and Yeswantpur for the last few years. The train received good patronage from passengers. But the railway decided to stop it in September 2018, informed P Ashok, a software engineer from MVP Colony.
Sources in the railways admitted that a direct train to Bengaluru is necessary to meet the rush of passengers.
“We have direct trains to Chennai and Hyderabad from Visakhapatnam, but not to Bengaluru. Nearly 20-30% commuters travel to that part of the country. We hope that there will be a direct train between Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru, once the SCoR is operational,” a railway official said.

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