Why no special trains to Mangaluru: HC asks S.W.Railway

Bangalore (SBC): Observing that repair of the Shiradi Ghat road may take another six months, the high court on Friday asked the railways why it can’t introduce special trains between Bengaluru and Mangaluru till the work is completed. A division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee said, “You operate so many special trains, like Dasara, summer, winter specials. Why can’t you provide special trains along this stretch to ease traffic?” The court asked the railways to respond by next week after its counsel said he has to seek instructions from the railway board. It gave the directions while hearing a PIL seeking introduction of special trains between Bengaluru and Mangaluru. Earlier, the petitioners said commuters have to travel for 10-12 hours to reach their destinations through alternative routes as Shiradi Ghat road is closed.