Reintroduce passenger train to Subrahmanya, railways urged

Services will benefit hundreds of regular travelers as well as pilgrims to the temple city

Services will benefit hundreds of regular travelers as well as pilgrims to the temple city

As the state government relaxed standards after the second wave of COVID-19, Dakshina Kannada railway users urged the Ministry of Railways to reintroduce the Subrahmanya Road/Kabaka Puttur-Mangaluru Central Passenger with effect immediate.

While a round trip of this train was operated between Subrahmanya Road-Mangaluru-Subrahmanya Road, another round trip was operated to and from Kabaka Puttur before the lockdown. Customers have now demanded the operation of services to and from Subrahmanya Road for the benefit of daily commuters and pilgrims as well.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel wrote to the managing director of South Western Railway on July 27 to say he had received representation from the general public to resume canceled services. People are being strained as services remain cancelled, the MP told South Western Railway.

The Kukke Shree Subrahmanya-Mangalore Rail Commuter Forum, Puttur, in its representation to the Ministry of Railways, said that while the train belonged to the Mysuru Division of Southern Western Railway, it was operated with a locomotive from the Palakkad division of Southern Railway. The train’s last service is expected to end at Subrahmanya Road where it is due to stop and start running early the next morning, forum organizer Sudarshan Puttur said.

He noted that the train’s last service was as far as Subrahmanya Road during the meter gauge era. Subsequently, service was interrupted at Kabaka Puttur when the line was upgraded to broad gauge, he said.

Rail fan GK Bhat said the service is expected to depart from Subrahmanya Road at 6:30 a.m. reaching Mangaluru Central at 8:30 a.m. On the way back, it is expected to leave Mangaluru at 11:30 a.m. reaching Subrahmanya Road at 1:30 p.m. His next trip is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. to reach Mangaluru at 4:30 p.m. and the last return trip from Mangaluru is to start at 5:30 p.m. to reach Subrahmanya Road at 7:30 p.m., he said.

With hundreds of people from Subrahmanya and Puttur region visiting Mangaluru for education, employment and health care purposes, this service with the suggested schedule will be of greater help to them, Mr. Bhat as well as Mr. Puttur. The services will also benefit hundreds of tourists who visit Mangaluru and also want to reach Kukke Subrahmanya, they said.

Jose P. Rogers