The Hubli Nairutya Valaya Railway Prayanikara Kshemabivruddhi Sangha on Friday urged Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa to set up a railway divisional office in Davangere on the lines of the one in Mysore.

M.S.K. Shastry, president of the sangha, told presspersons here that the people of the central Karnataka region could not go to Mysore for any railway-related work frequently, as it was expensive and time-consuming. There was an urgent need to set up a divisional office here to cater for the needs of the people of this region, he said.

Mr. Shastry, who has written to Ms. Banerjee and Mr. Muniyappa, said that the divisional office could cater for the needs of the people of Davangere, Chitradurga, Bellary, Haveri, Koppal, Shimoga and Chikmagalur districts. The central location of Davangere had made it easily accessible by road and rail. This demand was being made in the best interests of railway commuters, he said.

He requested Ms. Banerjee to introduce an inter-city train between Harihar and Bangalore as the existing Hubli-Bangalore train was full almost every day.

The sangha also urged that special trains be introduced from Harihar to Kashi, Sabarimala and other important pilgrimage centres. In all, 13 demands had been made, he said. Office-bearers of the sangha, Udayaprakash, Aslam Khan and Rizwan were present.