Chamarajanagar (CMNR): Commuters traveling on Mysore-Bangalore route have reasons to cheer. An additional train to operate between Chamarajnagar and Bangalore has been sanctioned in the supplementary budget. What’s more, the new train which might be operationalised next month . The train to Varanasi will not be on the tracks before the end of this financial year and the Mysore division of the South Western Railway could start its operation in July.
Chamarajnagar MP R Dhruvanarayan, who had requested the minister to introduce Chamarajnagar-Bangalore train, has his way as the new train was approved during a discussion on rail budget in Rajya Sabha. Dhruvanarayan is seeking early morning train to connect Chamarajnagar to the IT city to help the commuters from the border district. The MP said he has asked the railway officials to operate the new train during morning hours.
Sources told that the newly sanctioned train can be operationalised within few weeks as the Mysore division has to make local arrangements. The existing trains operating between Mysore and Bangalore can be utilized to start the operations between Chamarajnagar and Bangalore by extending them, they explained pointing at the extension of Mysore-Tirupathi train to Chamarajnagar some time back. “However, we need additional coaches to operate the Mysore-Varanasi train. The Railway Board sanctions the additional coaches periodically,” they stated.
The new training between Chamarajnagar and Bangalore will assist the travelers on Mysore- Bangalore route adding to the traffic. Over 50,000 passengers are traveling on Mysore-Bangalore line with some 30,000 passengers taking outbound trains from the city towards Bangalore. The number of outbound passengers from Mysore has doubled in five years owing to number of trains and their frequency. The railway ministry has also sanctioned direct train from Chikmagalur to Bangalore following request by Udupi-Chikmagalur MP Jayaprakash Hegde. This train is also likely to be operationalised from March.
Meanwhile, the works to build direct link between Bangalore and Chamarajnagar is likely to start next week. The state government, which has agreed to share the cost of the project, is expected to clear it at Thursday’s cabinet meeting, sources stated. Though Kharge was expected to launch the works this week, the state government’s delay to clear the grants has delayed it. As the calendar of events for the Lok Sabha polls is expected to be announced in second week of March, the MP is planning to get the groundwork this month end, sources stated.
Works will be launched to build 142 kms new railway line connecting Kollegal, Malavalli and Kanakapura. This is the Phase I of the 260 kms Bangalore-Satyamangalam line. A year back, the Karnataka government pledged to share the cost after which the project was announced in the rail budget on February 26, 2013. This follows completion of the survey for the new line in 2006. It was estimated to cost Rs 1,100 crore, which is now expected to cost Rs 2,000 crore.