Mangaluru, May 25, 2018: This Central station of a smart city, education hub, top class rail terminus aspirant with Over 30,000 travellers use of Mangaluru central railway station daily, has a history of over 100 years. Every day, there are more than 50 trains that pass through this station. Yet, there is no ATM of any bank in or around the station. Travellers who come to this station to reserve their tickets, inevitably need to travel at least half-a-kilometre to withdraw the required amount from the ATM near Hampankatta or Attavar.
This does not mean that the ATM facility has never come over here. A few months back, there was an ATM of State Bank of Travancore within the station and two ATM’s outside of the station of Canara Bank and Dena Bank respectively. But, the ATM within the station was stopped after the State bank of Travancore merged with SBI. Dena Bank ATM stopped its service after suffering short circuit. Canara Bank ATM finally stopped its services giving the excuse of rainwater seepage from the roof and frequent repair works due to rats. Hence, since last October, passengers are suffering lack of ATM service.
Mangaluru Junction too has no ATM : If the condition of Mangaluru Central Railway Station is so, no ATM of any bank has ever been set up at Mangaluru Junction Railway Station located at Kankanady-Padil. Daily, 4,000-5,000 travellers make use of this railway station. Here, if a traveller needs to withdraw money, he needs to travel to Pumpwell which is at least 2 kilometres away from the station. Every half-an-hour, a train arrives and departs from this station.