Allegation – ‘Mangalore-Bangalore rail delay due to transport lobby’

On the 30th of March, a rail-roko was jointly organised by Samajwadi Party, Cauvery Horata Samithi and State Raitha Sangha at Kankanady Railway Station in Mangalore. Samajwadi Party District Secretary S P Chengappa said “The government is withholding the starting of Mangalore – Bangalore passenger train service only to protect the interests of private bus owners and lorry owners.” He alleged that even politicians are involved in showing the red flag to the rail service.

I don’t know if the allegations are true, but wouldn’t be surprised if the transport lobbyists alone have managed to delay the start of the railway service between these 2 cities. The road journey to Mangalore is one of the most tedious having to cross the ghats, and with the roads not being in great shape due to heavy rains in the region. I remember how some of my girl-friends in college would take tablets for motion sickness before getting on the bus to get to their Mangalore homes. I have made the journey but once in the bus, and that was many years ago. To see that there has been no progress at all for all these years is sad. With the introduction of the rail service, the common man has so much to gain, and the transport companies not so much. Lets just hope this service is set into motion soon.

5 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 11:30 am

    AMEN to that, Chitra! The Bangalore-Mangalore route is heavily lucrative and a cash cow to the many bus owners that ply on this route. You can bet that they will stall the progress of the rail route till kingdom come!

  2. Naren (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    Chithra, Its not an allegation its an fact. The Vijaya Karnataka once described as it all happening from unseen Hands(Kanadha Kaigalu). The train trip to mangalore will boost the tourism. The Splendid View of scenry will be treat for eyes. The tourist places which benefit from train are Kuke Subramanya, Kollur, Horanadu, Dharmasthala among others and ofcourse the New Capital Kundapura :)). Lets hope the transport Mafia or lobbyists will end. The track till sakleshpur has been completed long ago.

  3. silkboard (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    Chitra, yep, I too heard these rumours, (wrote this similar note in Dec 2006) and since the train resumption date keeps moving with such regularity (Jan 2006, Sep, Dec, Jan 2007, March) that I am almost convinced there is money changing hands here. Not just the Volvo operators, perhaps the airlines as well. Who knows?

  4. raj (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    To know the clout of bus owners try travelling between Kerala and Bangalore. These bus owners will not allow introduction of even a new train from Bangalore city. Most of the buses that operate to trivandrum are from Tamil Nadu.

  5. Chitra (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    Can you imagine getting on to the Konkan line directly from this Blore-Mlore line? How pretty!

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