‘Rail traffic from Bangalore towards north is very high’
Babulal Jain, member of the Zonal Rail Users’ Consultative Committee, South Western Railway, has urged Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge to accord priority for improving rail facilities and amenities in the State.
Mr. Jain, in a letter to Mr. Kharge, has said that the State, despite contributing huge revenue, was not getting proper rail facilities and amenities.
He requested Mr. Kharge to introduce a new train between Yeshwantpur and Bikaner, named ‘Nakoda’ Express, and run it via Hospet-Bellary-Guntakal-Solapur-Pune-Surat- Ahmedabad-Bhildi and Samdari.
According to him, the rail traffic from Bangalore towards north, especially Gujarat and Rajasthan, was very high.
Therefore, within five minutes of reservation opening, the berths were getting exhausted for the journey to commence two months later from Hubli.
He said he had been requesting the Railway Ministry for the past two years to introduce an express train between Yeshwantpur and Bikaner on a new route via Guntakal, Hospet, Gadag and Sholapur, which had not been fulfilled so far.
Nakoda Teerth, a Jain religious destination, was as popular as Tirupati with thousands of people visiting it from across the country every day. Hence it was essential to introduce a train to cover that place in the larger interests of the travelling public of Karnataka, he reiterated.
In addition, he has sought introduction of a through train between Chennai and Mumbai, via Guntakal, Bellary, Hospet and Gadag, which, according to him, was long-pending.
He has pointed out that the area surrounding Bellary, Hospet and Koppal was highly industrialised, besides being a mining belt. In this background, it was very essential that adequate train services and facilities were provided, especially because a large number of industrialists in the region would be frequenting Chennai and Bellary.