Officer says he will soon recommend its introduction to higher authorities

Senthil Kumar, Divisional Commercial Manager, South Western Railways, Mysore, has agreed to put forth the demand of the people of Davangere and surrounding places to run an intercity between Harihar and Bangalore on the lines of the one between Hubli and Bangalore to the government. He instructed the officials to provide a second entrance to the railway station from the post office-end for the benefit of commuters. Besides, a ticket counter would also be set up on the other side of the Davangere Railway Station, apart from constructing a toilet, he said.

Participating in a station-level consultative committee meeting here on Thursday, Mr. Kumar said that he had observed that a large crowd was waiting at the Davangere Railway Station for the Hubli-Bangalore intercity and therefore he was planning to recommend more coaches to it. As there was a vehement demand from various quarters for new train services between Harihar and Bangalore, he decided to recommend to the higher authorities to run a train between Harihar and Bangalore on daily basis, he said.

Earlier, M.S.K. Shastry, farmers’ leader and president of the South Western Railway Passengers’ Welfare Committee, explained the need to introduce intercity between Harihar and Bangalore. He said that many elderly persons and women were travelling in the intercity train by standing. Similarly, Kasal S.Vittal, president of the Davangere Chamber of Commerce and Industry, pleaded for intercity train between Harihar and Davangere. He said that there was not even a single train between Davangere and Bangalore and only a couple of trains passing through Davangere stopoed at Davangere. He suggested that the proposed intercity should leave Harihar at 6 p.m. and on the return journey, it should leave Bangalore at 6 p.m. Mr. Kumar said that a shopping complex could be constructed in front of the railway station and in the basement, parking space could be provided. He would send a proposal to the government in this regard, he said.

Mr. Vittal said that the Assistant Commissioner’s office, adjoining the railway station, was likely to be shift to Deputy Commissioner’s office complex, and if the railway authorities could get that area, a big complex could be constructed there.

Officials of the Railway Department brought to the notice of Mr. Kumar that a railway line had been laid between Kottur and Harihar, and owing to a few farmers’ plea for higher compensation in a court, the railways could not start the train services there. Mr. Shastry asked the officials to provide him with complete information about the cases filed by farmers so that he could impress upon them to withdraw the cases in the best interest of commuters. A ticket vending counter would be set up on either side of the railway station, he said.

Mr. Kumar asked the authorities to demolish the old goodshed and construct a platform and toilet there for the benefit of commuters. He promised to provide proper seating arrangements for commuters on either side of the railway station, soon.

Cleanliness

Seeking public cooperation, Mr. Kumar said that Railways was collecting only one-third of bus fair from people and in spite of losses, the department was running a few trains only with the service motive and social responsibility. On board cleaning of train had started in select trains and it might be extended to all fast express trains, soon. He appealed to the people to maintain cleanliness inside trains. Mr. Kasal and Mr. Shastry alleged that canteens inside the railway station were charging exorbitant rates for food items, especially when people were in a hurry to catch the train. They appealed to Mr. Kumar to ensure that a reasonable price range was maintained at railway canteens in Davangere, Harihar and Chikkajajur.

Girija and Netravathi, women members, appealed to Mr. Kumar to set up a separate counter for women, particularly during rush. A single ticket vending counter was not sufficient to provide tickets to commuters, they said.

Mr. Shah and Mr. Shastry demanded that battery operated car be introduced in the railway station for the benefit of elderly and persons with disability to reach their platforms.

Chief Commercial Inspector Suresh Kumar Jain, Davangere Railway Station Manager Thippaiah Poojar, Nagaraj Manjunath and others were present.


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