Hassan-Bengaluru rail service after March 15

Hassan-Bengaluru rail service after March 15

'Gadkari has promised widening of Hassan-M'luru road into 6 lane'

MLA H D Revanna has said that the launch of the much-awaited rail service between Hassan and Bengaluru has been postponed by a few days and would begin after March 15.

Revanna told reporters here that the service was scheduled to begin from March 9. As the Chief Secretary had informed that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would attend the programme, it has been postponed for a few days and would now be held in the third week of March. Siddaramaiah will present Budget on March 15.

All arrangements have been made for launch of the service between the two cities. The Hassan-Bengaluru train will depart Hassan at 6 am and reach Bengaluru by 9.30 am. Similarly on return journey, the train would leave Bengaluru at 6 pm and reach Hassan by 9.30 pm.

“Centre has announced the service as a birthday gift for former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. This service would benefit the people of the district, Revanna said.
A memorandum has been submitted to the Indian Railways, seeking extension of Mysuru-Shravanabelagola passenger rail up to Bengaluru, Revanna added.

Other demands put forth are: running Bengaluru City-Mangaluru Mangala Express and Yeshwantpur-Karwar trains via Hassan.

Cauvery Express that connects Chennai and Mysuru should be changed into Chennai-Bengaluru-Hassan-Mangaluru while the Bengaluru-Chennai train should be extended to Hassan, he said.

Also a demand for a Push-Pull train and stoppage of Swarna Jayanti Express at Holenarasipur was put forth. He further sought for speedy completion of Hassan, Belur, Chikkamagaluru and Sringeri rail route for the benefit of tourists and devotees, he said.

Revanna said that Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had promised to widen the Hassan-Mangaluru road (barring Shiradi Ghat stretch) into a six-lane at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore. The Shiradi Ghat concretisation works are being taken up by the PWD, he added.