Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel had been urging the Railways ever since the connectivity was lost from July 17 to operate special trains between the coast and Bangalore and add additional coaches to the existing trains.
The South Western Railway (SWR) has decided to operate a tri-weekly special express between Bengaluru and Mangalore via Mysuru from July 26 in view of the snapped road connectivity via National Highway 75 (Shiradi Ghat) and NH 276 (Sampaje Ghat) between the two cities.
Train Nos. 06547/548 Bengaluru-Mangalore Central tri-weekly special would make 16 trips each, from July 26 to August 31. Train No. 06547 Bangalore -Mangalore Central tri-weekly special leaves Bengaluru at 8.30 pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to reach Mangalore Central at 9.05 am next day on the path and timing of Train No. 16585 Bangalore -Mangalore Central tri-weekly express till August 30. En-route the service leaves Mysuru at 11.15 pm and Hassan at 1.45 am. It has commercial halts at Kengeri, Ramanagara, Channapatna, Mandya, KR Nagar, Holenarasipura, Sakleshpur, Subrahmanya Road, Kabakaputtur, Bantwal and Mangalore Junction.
In the return direction, Train No. 06548 Mangaluru Central-Bangalore tri-weekly special leaves Mangalore Central at 6.35 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to reach Bangalore at 6.15 am the next day on the path and timings of Train No. 16586 Mangalore Central-Bangalore tri-weekly express till August 31. It leaves Hassan at 12.40 am and Mysuru at 3.15 am.
The train comprises one 2-tier AC, two 3-tier AC, nine second class sleeper, four second class sitting and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches.