Many passengers, including senior citizens travelling from Bangalore to Mangalore by the day train, were shocked and disappointed when they learnt that they will have to alight at Mangalore Junction and not Mangalore Central on Monday. The pre-paid autorickshaw counter was absent adding to their problems.
Consequent to the extension of the Yeshwantpur-Mangalore train up to Karwar, the train will skip Mangalore Central station and pass through Mangalore Junction.
Passengers like K. Balakrishna Shenoy and a group of 12 senior citizens in their 70s said they had bought tickets to the central station but the train stopped in Mangalore Junction and they were all angry about it. And they were informed about it after they boarded the train. When they reached Mangalore Junction, they found that it was nearly impossible to travel to the city since there were limited autorickshaws which were demanding exorbitant fare. Autorickshaw drivers appeared to be taking advantage of passengers' helplessness.
Rakesh Ganatra residing in Bangalore and who reached Mangalore Junction by Monday's train (no 16515) said he was not informed about the changes in the stop till he boarded the train. He did not know how to reach Bunts' Hostel Circle. The autorickshaw drivers were demanding Rs. 150.
Ananya Shetty, travelling back from Bangalore, said she had no option than paying up. The autorickshaw drivers demanded exorbitant fares and never allowed the passengers to bargain. Many passengers expressed that getting down in Mangalore Junction and finding an autorickshaw was difficult.
At one point of time, the number of commuters far outnumbered the vehicles. The nearest bus stop was Padil, which is quite a distance for commuters to walk with their luggage.
Keywords: Mangalore Central