The Udupi Railway Yatri Sangha has criticised the Union Railways Ministry for not introducing two trains on the Konkan Railway though they were promised in the Union Railway Budget for 2013-14. One promised train had been diverted to another route.
In a press release issued here on Wednesday, president of the association R.L. Dias said that the three trains promised were Mangalore-Madgaon Inter-City Express (Train No. 22635/636), Bhatkal-Thokur Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit train (Train No. 70105/70106) and Bangalore-Mangalore train (Train No. 16564/ 16565). Though 10 months had elapsed, there was no sign of starting train numbers 22635/22636 and 70105/70106.
The third – Bangalore-Mangalore train was diverted and converted into Yeshwantpur-Salem-Kannur-Mangalore train. The Union Railway Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge had flagged it off.
There were also doubts if the remaining two trains announced would benefit the people. Also, the Mangalore-Madgaon Inter-City Express had been provided only six halts between Mangalore and Madgaon.