South Western Railway has said that it has made special efforts to cater for passenger requirements in Karnataka by implementing many of the budget decisions and operating special trains.

An official release said that of the nine new trains, extension of four trains and increase in frequency of seven trains announced in the budget, seven new trains, four extensions and increase in frequency of six trains have already been implemented.

The zone claimed that it has been more responsive to the demands of passengers for introduction of new train services. A new special train, which is the common practice before introducing a new train service, was introduced between Yeshwantpur-Miraj-Yeshwantpur thrice a week from October 2. Similarly, a new special train was introduced between Hubli-Bijapur-Hubli from September 27, it said. The zone had operated eight special trains between Bangalore and Guwahati from August 15 to 17 to cater for the mass exodus of northeast Indians from Bangalore to their home State, it said.

The SWR has been operating special trains to cater to the extra rush of passengers during peak season every year. This year also, 2,709 special trains were operated between April and October and 3,273 extra coaches were attached to trains to different destinations despite limited resources of coaches, locomotives and load capacity, the release said.

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