A longstanding demand of stakeholders to link the tourism centre of Mysore with the World Heritage site of Hampi will become a reality with the new railway timetable coming into force from Monday.
The extension of the Hubli-Bangalore City Hampi Express to Mysore was announced in the Railway Budget and it now finds a place in the revised railway timetable which will be effective from July 1.
Sources in the Railways told The Hindu that for a few days the train would run as a special with a separate number before it is officially flagged off as Mysore-Hubli Hampi Express in due course.
Stakeholders in the tourism sector, including the Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, had strongly pitched for a special train connecting the two centres to give a thrust to tourism, and it has now materialised.
As per the revised timetable, Hubli-Mysore Hampi Daily Express will depart from Hubli at 6 p.m., reach Bangalore at 6.10 a.m. the following day, depart at 6.30 a.m. and arrive in Mysore at 9.40 a.m. In the return direction, the train will depart from Mysore at 6.15 p.m., reach Bangalore at 9.50 p.m., depart at 10 p.m. and reach Hubli at 11 a.m. the next day.
In addition, Solapur-Yeshwantpur Express will run up to Mysore and the date of extension will be announced latter while the Bagalkot-Yeshwantpur Basava Express will also become operational from the city.
Similarly, Bangalore City-Darbhanga Bagmati Weekly Express has also been extended to Mysore. The train will depart from Darbhanga on Tuesdays at 4.15 p.m. and reach Mysore at 11.45 p.m. on Thursdays. In the return direction, the train will depart from Mysore at 7.20 a.m. on Saturdays and reach Darbhanga at 2.15 p.m. on Mondays. The primary maintenance for the express train will be done at Darbhanga and secondary maintenance at Mysore after the extension.
The Mysore-Shimoga Town Passenger will be extended up to Talguppa. The train will depart from Mysore at 1 p.m. and arrive at Talaguppa at 10.15 p.m. on the same day. In the return direction, it will depart from Talaguppa at 5 a.m. and reach Mysore at 2.10 p.m.
Bangalore City-Mysore Rajya Rani Express (train number 16558) will depart from Bangalore at 10.10 a.m. instead of 8.15 a.m. and reach Mysore at 1.50 a.m. instead of 11.15 a.m.
In the return direction, Mysore-Bangalore City Rajya Rani Express (no.16557) will depart from Mysore at 2.25 p.m. instead of 4.25 p.m. and reach Bangalore at 5.10 p.m. instead of 7.20 p.m.
Mysore-Yeshwantpur-Mysore Malgudi Express will run with the revised train number and timing. Accordingly, train no.16023 Mysore-Yeshwantpur Malgudi Express will depart from Mysore at 8.15 a.m. instead of 12 p.m. and reach Yeshwantpur at 11.30 a.m. instead of 3.40 p.m. In the return direction, train no. 16024 Yeshwantpur-Mysore Malgudi Express will depart from Yeshwantpur at 1.30 p.m. instead of 11.20 a.m. and reach Mysore at 5 p.m. instead of 2.50 p.m.
Yeshwantpur-Mysore Special (no. 06560) will depart from Yeshwantpur at 7.55 a.m. and arrive in Mysore at 11.15 a.m. In the return direction, train no. 06559 Mysore-Yeshwantpur Special will depart Mysore at 3.30 p.m. and reach Bangalore City at 6.30 p.m. and reach Yeshwantpur at 7.15 p.m.
Yeshwantpur-Mysore Special (no. 07308) will depart from Yeshwantpur at 10.15 a.m. and arrive in Mysore at 1.50 p.m. In the return direction, Mysore-Yeshwantpur Special (no. 07307) will depart from Mysore at 1.30 p.m. reach Yeshwantpur at 5.10 p.m.