Freight earnings of the zone has fallen by 16.23 per cent

General Manager of South Western Railway Kuldeep Chaturvedi has said that the zone has registered 16.23 per cent decrease in freight earnings so far this financial year following the ban imposed on iron ore export by the Karnataka Government.

He was speaking at the 10th Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee meeting held in Hubli on Wednesday.

Mr. Chaturvedi said that despite this, the performance of the zone between April 2010 and January 2011 was encouraging. The zone had ferried 143.49 million passengers during the period, which was 11.25 per cent more than the number of passengers ferried during the corresponding period last year. There was an increase of 12 per cent in passenger earnings when compared to the earnings during the corresponding period last year, he said.

Twenty-seven members of the ZRUCC of the 33 members from the Hubli, Mysore and Bangalore divisions attended the meeting and issues concerning passenger amenities and demand for new trains were discussed, among others.

The meeting discussed issues regarding passenger amenities at Hubli and Bangalore railway stations, interchanging the originating station of Mysore-Shimoga Intercity Express, introduction of an intercity express train between Davangere and Bangalore, additional train services between Bangarpet and Bangalore.

Some members urged the meeting to consider the demands for additional trains connecting Hubli and Guntakal; Bangalore and Bangarpet, and Bangalore and Mysore. Mr Chaturvedi said that additional services could be provided after the completion of track-doubling work between Bangalore and Mysore, Hubli and Bangalore and Hubli and Vasco-da-gama.

Babulal G. Jain, Mohamed Sanaulla, D. Kishore Kumar, C.M. Subramanian, G.K. Adappagoudar, B.S. Ramaprasad, U.G. Pawar, M.S. Bidasaria, G. Nagaraju, Mahendra H. Singhi and R. Sampangi Ram were some among the ZRUCC members who attended the meeting. Senior railway officials, including S.S Narayanan and D.G. Diwate, were present.