Staff Correspondent

Creation of a separate Railway Division with Mangalore Junction as the headquarters sought

Two additional trains between Bangalore and Mangalore sought

MANGALORE: The Mangalore Railway Development Action Committee has submitted three separate memorandums to Minster of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa demanding better facilities in the region.

One of the main demands, which were submitted earlier this month and released to the press on Monday, is the creation of a separate Railway Division with Mangalore Junction as the headquarters under Southern Railways.

The committee has said that since Mangalore lies at the centre of the Konkan railways connecting Kanyakumari and Mumbai, it would make logistical sense to have a separate division in the city instead of linking it to the Palghat division. The memorandum also pointed out that with the establishment of the Ezhimale Naval Academy in Kerala and the existing base at Karwar, Mangalore will be a destination with connectivity to all the ports in the region.

The memorandum also said that the city is at the centre of an important tourist route that includes the Mysore region, Kerala and Goa. In addition it is also an important medical and educational hub.

In a separate memorandum, the committee asked for two trains between Bangalore and Mangalore in addition to the present trains (6517 and 6518) that were recently extended to Kannur. The other demands include doubling up of the Mangalore-Mumbai railway line, a second rail track between Mangalore and Hassan, commencement of Mangalore-Shravanabelagola passenger train, trains to Bajpe International airport, improvement of Mangalore Junction station, introduction of Mangalore-Hyderabad express train via Arsikere, Mangalore-Dadar via Madgaon, Mangalore-Palghat-Katpadi-Tirupathi and Goa-Mangalore-Mysore fast passenger train.

A separate memorandum has been filed by the committee seeking the construction of a bridge at Alape village in Mangalore taluk.

Pointing out that the demand had been pending for the last 11 years, the committee said that if a bridge was constructed, the distance to Alape from the city will be reduced to 500 m instead of 12 km.