Still in Waiting List …
The broad gauge conversion work has been completed and still there is no sign of restarting passenger train service on this route, even though it has been announced ‘n’ number of times in last 2-3 Railway Budgets. The leaders who had once staged their voice for restarting the train service seem to have gone mum. This leads us to conclusion there is something fishy here. Seems there is some lobby working in background to avoid restarting of this railway route for passenger trains. It is even baffling to see that Mangalore which already has an international airport fails to get its important railway link. There was a time when people from coastal region used to go to Mumbai in search of job. But now situation has changed and more influx is towards Bangalore. This makes the railway line more important than ever before.
Mangalore-Bangalore train route is a traveler’s delight. One can enjoy the beauty of interior Karnataka, Western Ghats and Coastal Region at one stretch. There is no doubt that this route will boost Karnataka’s low profile tourism sector to new heights.
The government talks so much about developing and creating employment opportunities in Tier-2 cities reduce burden on Bangalore. For all of this to happen a Tier-2 city must be well connected with Bangalore. Therefore I request concerned authorities to execute restarting of passenger train service between Bangalore and Mangalore as soon as possible. This will definitely reduce load on deteriorating Shiradi Ghat road. Otherwise, if current condition continues a day may come when travelers between Bangalore and Mangalore end up trekking in Shiradi Ghats because of absolutely nonmotorable roads.
PS: Thanks to Raveesh for allowing me to use contents from his blog Ee Prapancha.