The path constraints due to single-line track in Mysore make it unfeasible to augment services to many other major cities but there is the proverbial silver lining to the cloud. For, track doubling work is taking place along different sections en route Hubli and this will pave way for additional trains in future.

There was a strong demand for an express service between Mysore and Bangalore after the departure of the Chamundi Express at 6.45 a.m. as the next express service is the Tipu Express which departs at 11 a.m. So, the authorities have introduced another Express service that departs from Mysore at 8.15 a.m. and reaches Bangalore at 11 a.m. and in the return direction departs from Bangalore at 12.15 p.m. and reaches Mysore at 3 p.m.

The track doubling work between Mysore and Bangalore has reached an important milestone and this pertains to the final clearance from the National Monuments Authority to shift the 18th century armoury at the Srirangapatna railway station so that the doubling work can be expedited in that section.

But there are issues related to land acquisition in Mandya and the authorities have revised the deadline for the completion of the work from December 2013 to mid 2014. There are pending requests from previous interactions with the stakeholders pertaining to enhancing the frequency of trains between Mysore and Ajmer so that the business community has connectivity with commercial centres like Hassan, Arsikere, Davangere and Hubli. From the railways’ point of view, the station may become saturated, calling for an additional hub, and hence there are plans to develop terminals at Ashokapuram and Belagola so as to create capacity at the Mysore main station. With adequate land for creating pit lines for maintenance as also coaching terminals these two stations could emerge as main hubs for rake maintenance and release space in the Mysore station for berthing additional trains.

However, officials are confident the existing six platforms are sufficient to handle the current and future needs. Creating an additional platform is not reckoned to be feasible at this juncture as Mysore station was “land-locked” and unless the pit lines close to the Divisional Railway office were shifted it could not take place. Railway personnel say this is possible as a portion of the city station was used for berthing freight trains. But since the last couple of decades they have been shifted to the Mysore New Goods Shed Terminal, resulting in space for pit lines.

So, if the pit lines too could be shifted to either Belagola or Ashokapuram then the space could be utilised to decongest Mysore station in the near future. The imperatives of a sound mass transportation system is a must to trigger the economic and industrial growth of Mysore and here the Railways have a key role to play. Hence the special interest on railway infrastructure development by the stakeholders of the city and the region.

R.K.K.