Mangaluru, Apr 13, 2017: Reports and public feed back proves that the newly introduced 16575/16576 Kudla Express Mangaluru Junction-Yesvanthpur-Mangaluru Junction that will run on the recently inaugurated Hassan-Bengaluru line, is expected to reduce a couple of hours of running time. But this hasn’t gone down well with the public users and stakeholders who feel that the tri-weekly day trainshould be run to timings that will suit the needs of passengers rather than to address exigencies of the railway authorities.
Set to leave Yesvanthpur at 7.50am on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, train 16575 is scheduled to reach Mangaluru Junction at 5.30pm the same day. Train 16576 will leave Mangaluru Junction at 11.30am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and reach Yesvanthpur at 8.30pm. While the train to Yesvanthpur takes 9 hours, the train to Mangaluru Junction 40 minutes more due to non-availability of platform at Mangaluru Junction to expedite its arrival in to the city. "We are aware of the issues pertaining to timings. To address such issues, Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel will hold an adalat of all stakeholders," said minister for statistics and programme implementation D V Sadananda Gowda.
It needs to be considered as to why not the existing night train be rerouted on the shorter new track to save time.
"We want the IT/BT crowd in Bengaluru, their relatives here to patronize the train. This will happen when the timings are adjusted in a manner that people not only get the chance to savour the beauty of Western Ghats, but also reach home quicker," he said.