Good news! Passenger train service between B’lore and M’lore to start shortly!
The passenger train service on the Mangalore-Hassan-Bangalore route has been pending for a long time, and looks like this service will become a reality soon!
A picturesque stretch of the Western Ghats is being opened up by the Railways for passenger travel after a long wait of 13 years. The Commissioner of Railway Safety (Southern Region) has certified the track between Sakleshpur in Hassan district and Subramanya Road in Dakshina Kannada district safe for passenger trains. The Hassan-Sakleshpur-Mangalore line will now add to the State’s passenger train network.
Commissioner of Railway Safety (South) Pranab Kumar Sen, along with top railway officials, inspected the track between Sakleshpur and Subramanya Road after gauge conversion.
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Now, visiting coastal Karnataka will become easy and we can enjoy the view on the picturesque route of the Hassan-Mangalore section. I have gone to Mangalore from Hassan in a meter guage train long ago and the entire journey was at night. To think that we can now do this route in daylight is very exciting!
Commissioner of Railway Safety is the final authority to give the nod for commencement of the train service on this line. Now, it is upto the South Western Railway authorities to begin the train service, once the authorization certificate is issued by Commissioner of Railway Safety.
Weekend getaway to coastal Karnataka anyone? :)