ANDHRA PRADESH

Change in timings deprives passengers of connecting train

BELLARY July 3. The change in timings of the Hubli-bound Vijayawada-Hubli Amaravati Express train announced by the South Central Railway has come as a shock for passengers in Bellary, Hospet, Gadag and Hubli.

For, the change of timings, which came into effect from July 1, is definitely not for the benefit or advantage of passengers commuting between Hubli and Bellary as it has deprived the Hubli, Bellary, Hospet and Gadag-bound passengers arriving from Mumbai and Chennai of a connecting train.

Amaravati Express is a connecting train for passengers alighting off Chennai-Mumbai, Dadar-Chennai and also New Delhi-Bangalore trains in both the directions.

The South Central Railway has now advanced the movement of Amaravati Express by about two hours on its return direction (Vijayawada to Hubli).

Prior to the change, the train used to leave Guntakal at 8.15 a.m. After the change in the timings, the train will now leave Guntakal at 6.15 a.m. Correspondingly, the timings of Dadar-Chennai Express train, Chennai-Mumbai Mail remains unchanged and they arrive at Guntakal as usual (before 8 a.m.)

What is more surprising is that two express trains run between Guntakal and Hubli at an interval of one hour.

The Hubli-bound Bangalore-Hubli Hampi Express train leaves Guntakal at 5.05 a.m. and the Hubli-bound Amaravati Express at 6.15 a.m. with the former reaching Hubli at 11 a.m. and the latter at 11.30 p.m.

There is no through train between Guntakal and Hubli for nearly 14 hours. The only through train between the two destinations (after 6.15 a.m.) is at 9.20 p.m. - the Guntur-Hubli Passenger train.

With the advancement of the train timings of Amaravati Express, passengers from Chennai and Mumbai will miss a connecting train towards Bellary and Hubli.

The only alternative is to board a passenger train at Guntakal at 9 a.m. and tranship at Bellary by boarding the Bellary-Miraj Passenger train which leaves at 2.10 p.m. to reach Hubli at 7.30 p.m.

Passengers have been forced to not only undergo the punishment of transhipment but also waste their time unnecessarily.

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