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News Entry# 460442
BENGALURU: The newly introduced Vistadome coaches between Yeshwantpur and Mangaluru are seeing massive demand. The high fare, around Rs 1,500, too is no deterrent for travellers seeking to soak in the panoramic view of the Western Ghats in these coaches. South Western Railway (SWR) records show occupancy rate in Vistadome coaches has crossed 100% on most days. On Saturday (July 24), Vistadome coaches from both sides recorded the highest booking: 119% from Yeshwantpur and 120% from Mangaluru. Ingenious rail passengers have found their own way to get around the high fare and have the best of the Vistadome too. “As the fare for a Vistadome coach is high, many people book tickets for non-AC coaches from Yeshwantpur to Hassan and then book another ticket to hop on to a Vistadome coach from Hassan and traverse the ghat section to save money,” said rail enthusiast Abhishek R. The service started from Mangaluru...
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on July 11 and bookings are now full. These coaches have been provided in train nos. 06211/06212, 06575/06576 and 06539/06540 operating between Yeshwantpur and Mangaluru. Each train has two Vistadome coaches and each coach can accommodate 44 people. On Saturday, there were 105 passengers in Vistadome coaches that left Yeshwantpur and 106 in Mangaluru. Between July 12 and July 31 (20 days), more than 100% bookings have been recorded from Yeshwantpur on 12 days. The lowest booking (56.8%) was seen on Day 1 of the service from Yeshwantpur on July 12. However, since July 15, bookings have constantly hovered above 94%. On Mangaluru -Yeshwantpur route, 89.7% occupancy was seen on the inaugural run (July 11). The lowest booking was on July 12 (22%). However, bookings have crossed 100% for five days between July 11 and 31. SWR officials said travelling in Vistadome coaches during monsoon is a new experience for passengers, particularly between Subrahmanya Road and Sakleshpur, which has several bridges, waterfalls and tunnels. Aneesh Hegde, chief public relation officer of SWR, said: “We have received an overwhelming response from passengers, especially on weekend.” According to Abhishek, most passengers in the Vistadome coaches are from Bengaluru, who take the day train and then return by bus the same night. “However, passengers travelling in a Vistadome coach from Mangaluru cannot get the panoramic view of the ghat section as the engine in front of the coach blocks the view,” he explained. “We are in talks with Southern Railway to look into the possibility of attaching these coaches on the rear side from Mangaluru Junction too, but there are some practical constraints,” said Hegde.
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