Mangaluru, Feb 14, 2019: As per information from DK MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Mangaluru is all set to get a new overnight express train to Bengaluru; to start it will be for three days weekly, from February 21.
DK MP Nalin Kumar Kateel would flag off the inaugural special, Mangaluru Central-Yeshwantpur tri-weekly express at 11 a.m., on that day at Mangaluru Central Railway Station.
From February 22, regular services of the train would start, MP Kateel told media , after confirming the date with the Railway Ministry, on February 13, Wednesday.
Sources indicated that the Ministry was not in a position to make a new rake available to introduce the Yeshwantpur-Mangaluru service and the South Western Railway would have to arrange one for the time being. The days of service from Yeshwantpur would be Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday and from Mangaluru Central Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The earlier proposal was to have services from Yeshwantpur on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday and from Mangaluru on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
He also said the proposed departure timing at Yeswantpur, 4.30 p.m., would be re-scheduled at around 8 p.m. for convenience of passengers. MP Kateel further said that the Ministry would issue the final notification in a day or two. The Ministry wants to commence the services before the Lok Sabha poll schedules are announced and the code of conduct comes into force.
DK MP Kateel said that he had been urging the Ministry to introduce another overnight express between the capital city and Mangaluru as the accommodation on the existing Bengaluru-Karwar/Kannur overnight express was highly insufficient.
West Coast Rail Yatri Abhivriddhi Samithi adviser Anil Hegde states that berths available from Mangaluru to Bengaluru on the Karwar/Kannur-Bengaluru Express were less than 50. The new service thus should be able to cater to the demand from people of Mangaluru, Puttur and Kukke Subrahmanya.