Laiqh A. Khan
Three pairs of trains will ply on the route
A few trains may be extended to Nanjangud
MYSORE: The much-awaited passenger train services between Mysore and Nanjangud on the newly laid broad gauge will be flagged off by Minister of State for Railways R. Velu at the Mysore City Railway Station on June 9.
After the formal flag off of the inaugural train on June 9, three pairs of trains will ply between the city and the temple town of Nanjangud daily from June 10, senior Railway officials told The Hindu.
The flagging off of the inaugural train between Mysore and Nanjangud marks the resumption of train service between the two destinations after 17 months since the work on gauge conversion began in January 2007.
“The Minister of State for Railways will flag off the inaugural train at 4.30 p.m. on June 9. We are planning to run the train all the way up to Nanjangud. In any case, the train service will resume from June 10”, a senior official in South Western Railway, Mysore division, told The Hindu.
The officials are still working out the time table for trains plying between the two destinations, which are separated from each other by 26 km. “We will initially ply three pairs of trains, which will take about 45 minutes to reach the destination. The trains will move cautiously as it is a newly laid track,” an official said and added that the frequency of trains would increase after the gauge conversion work was completed up to Chamarajanagar.
“The exact time-table and the halts en route will be announced by our head office shortly”, the official added. The gauge conversion work between Mysore and Nanjangud is part of Indian Railways’ exercise to replace the metre gauge between Mysore and Chamarajanagar with broad gauge as part of the unigauge policy introduced by the Railways. The gauge conversion work between Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar is understood to be nearing completion.
Train services on Mysore-Nanjangud-Chamarajagar sector, which were being operated on metre-gauge, were suspended in January 2007. Apart from replacing the metre gauge with broad guage, the Railways have now upgraded most of the station en-route and lengthened the platforms to accommodate 24-coach rakes.
The entire signal system has been overhauled with the installation of the modern multiple aspect colour signalling system in place of mechanical semaphore-type signals. The height of the platforms has been raised by two feet.
Railway authorities are planning to extend a few long-distance passenger trains operating between Mysore and Bangalore to Nanjangud. For instance, the Tirupati-Mysore Fast Passenger train may be extended to Nanjangud.