Minister justifies extension of train services to Kannur


“There is absolutely no conspiracy behind the proposal. It has been done as the people of Kannur were demanding a train to Bangalore for a long time. It will be seen that no injustice is meted out to Mangaloreans with the extension of the train to Kannur,” the minister said here on Monday. He was responding to the memorandum submitted by BJP leaders demanding the withdrawal of the proposal. The memorandum demanded setting up of a separate Mangalore division, introduction of Mangalore-Bangalore day train and additional night train on the same route via Hassan and Arasikere. Ahmed said that the the demand for a day train is “reasonable,” and could be looked at.

Interacting with the Minister, legislator Yogish Bhat said that extension of lone Mangalore-Bangalore train to Kannur was an injustice meted out to Mangaloreans.

Bhat said that the problems pertaining to railways were persisting since Mangalore central junction, Ullal and Padil stations come under Palghat division, which does not address the problems in Mangalore region as Palghat is in a different state. He postulated that either a separate Mangalore division must be created at least the said stations must be brought under Mysore division.

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