Various associations to stage protest today

The Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in association with Undivided Dakshina Kannada District Train Passengers Association, Mangalore Civilian Action Committee and several other organisations will hold a rally and protest here demanding cancellation of extension of Yashwanthpur - Mangalore Train to Kannur and for the commencement of a day train to Yashwanthpur on July 25.

Addressing mediapersons, KCCI President Srinivas S Kamath said that the rally will start after submitting memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner at 11.30 am.

Later a demonstration will be organised in front of the Mangalore Central Railway Station, he added.

Kamath said that the KCCI and other organisations have joined together to fight the injustice the Railway Budget - 2009-10 has done to the people of Coastal Karnataka by extending Yashwanthpur - Mangalore train (6517) to Kannur.

The quota for commuters from Manglore to Bangalore has been reduced drastically from 400 to a puny 60 seats, he added.

Further, he said that though a day train on Yashwanthpur - Arsikere - Mangalore route (6515) was sanctioned 3 years ago and also being mentioned in the Railway Time Table, it has never become operational. “Hence, we urge the Railway Ministry to cancel the extension of Yashwanthpur - Mangalore train to Kannur and make Yashwanthpur -
Arsikere - Mangalore day train operational immediately.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) leader Dr Annaiah Kulal said that the KRV state leaders will also participate in the rally and protest.


In a separate press meet on Friday, Nowkarara Hitarakshana Vedike President B S Chandru said about seven organisations namely Nowkarara Hitarakshana Vedike, Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike, Bharat Kamagari mattu Bus Shramik Sangha, Namma Mane Namma Ooru, Lorry Owners Association, Karnataka Dairy mattu Halu Okkutagala Nowkarara Federation will support the movement.

Chandru  said the organisations support the protest to be led by Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on July 25.

However, Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike Convener Hanumanth Kamath said he would not support the KCCI-led protest.

“The way in which they are planning to protest on July 25 will have no effect at all,” Kamath said.

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