South Western Railways (SWR) will operate a new Chamarajanagar-Bangalore fast passenger train.
SWR Divisional Railway Manager Raj Kumar Lal said the train will start at 7.15 am from Chamarajanagar and reach Bangalore at 12.30 pm, in the return direction, it will start from Bangalore at 1.30 pm. The train will run four days a week, he said.
He said the work on Kanakapura-Malavalli-Kollegal-Chamarajanagar railway line and Kotur-Harihar railway line will start soon as the authorities have approved it. The work on Kadur-Chikmagalur-Sakleshpur will be completed soon as the survey and land acquisition have been completed.
Referring to the railway budget that has given 13 new trains to the state, he said they have written to the railway ministry to extend a few long-distance trains between Bangalore and Mumbai. He said passenger facilities are their top priority. “We have plans to set up 11 more electronic vending machines across the division and will set up on-board infotainment systems in some trains,” he said.
He said they will act against the unruly behavior of those who are working at parking bays and act against those who are collecting exorbitant charges from people.
Passenger Revenue Up
Raj Kumar Lal said the division has recorded 29 per cent growth in the passenger revenue and earned a revenue of Rs 163 crore against last year’s `129 crore. He said they have collected `3.4 crore as penatly from ticketless travellers.
However, there is a decline in revenue from freight traffic due to slump in the export of iron ore and maize. “We hope we will do better next fiscal,” he added.