Mysore-Shimoga connect better now

Launch: Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa pulling the lever to inaugurate the Mysore-Shimoga train in Mysore on Sunday. Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, MP H Vishwanath, Ministers S A Ramdas, C H Vijayashankar, MLA Tanveer Sait and General Manager, SWR Hubli, Kuldeep Chaturvedi are seen.  DH photosChief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday here flagged off Mysore- Shimoga Town inter-city express train. The train was one among the several projects that had been announced in the railway budget of 2010-11.

In what could bolster the railways in taking up more works in the state, the chief minister announced that the government will release its share of amount, given the authorities inform us  24 hours in prior about the plans.

Already, the government has earmarked ` 600 crore towards cost sharing for railway projects commissioned for the state, in its previous budget. He said, however there is a feeling among the people that the state is getting a raw deal, whenever the new programmes are announced.

On the new train, the chief minister termed it as ‘Sankranthi gift’ to the people of the state.

Eight projects

Commending the state government, Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa said ‘Karnataka ranks number two along with Andhra Pradesh in releasing its share of amount towards central projects. Jharkand ranks number one and Maharashtra comes after Karnataka.

Eight new projects

The minister said, eight new projects have been taken up in the state that includes connecting Shimoga- Harihara, Bidar-Gulbarga and other places to name a few.
If land is handed over and funds are released on time, it is intended to complete the works before December 2012, he added. He preferred to remain tightlipped, from making any new announcements in view of forthcoming budget.

Following a complaint from the media, the minister instructed the chief administrative officer and additional divisional railway manager, South Western Railways (SWR), Mysore division to inspect the railway underbridge at Nanjangud town. He asked the officers to submit a report at the earliest.

Cash award

Lauding South Western Railways (SWR), Mysore division for successfully taking up developmental works, the minister announced cash reward of   `  one lakh to the division, besides another ` one lakh for zonal headquarters in Hubli headed by general manager.

Towards growth

South Western Railways (SWR), Hubli, General Manager, Kuldeep Chaturvedi said that the passenger division has witnessed 11 per cent growth in the current fiscal, while the freight services has seen a decline of 16 per cent owing to some restrictions on goods.

Additional Divisional Railway Manager, SWR, Mysore, Goutham Majumder, senior divisional commercial manager Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu and others were present.

Father flags off; son receives

While father and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa pulled the lever, waving green flag to mark the inaugural run here, it was his son and Shimoga MP B Y Raghavendra who received the train at the end point, along with MLA and State BJP President K S Eshwarappa.

Limited stoppages

Mysore- Shimoga Town Inter-city express train departs the city railway station at 6 am everyday and reaches Shimoga at 11.55 am. It departs Shimoga at 4.40 pm and arrives at Mysore at 10.45 pm. Unlike Hassan train with more stoppages and connecting Shimoga earlier, there will be limited stoppages- at K R Nagar, Holenarsipur, Hassan, Arsikere, Birur, Tarikere and Bhadravathi town. The fare is fixed at ` 69 and additional ` 15 will be charged for reservation. Children between five and 12 years of age will be charged half of the fare, while senior citizens concession of 50 per cent for women and 30 per cent for men is also available. For air-conditioned class, the fare between the two cities will be ` 297 that includes reservation charges of ` 25.

However, the inaugural run had only a very few takers with most of the bogies either remaining vacant or cops making full use of the space as a security measure.

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