Konkan Railway’s volte face, desires so as to add coaches to Bengaluru-Karwar practice



Konkan Railway Company Ltd. (KRCL) has sought so as to add 5 coaches on the Bengaluru-Karwar-Bengaluru in a single day specific saying occupancy is greater than 100%. This is similar practice the corporate had sought to cancel citing low occupancy.

On April 19, KRCL wrote to the Railway Ministry in search of cancellation of a number of trains on its community, together with Bengaluru-Karwar in a single day specific, now named Panchaganga Specific, and the Yeshwantpur-Karwar day practice. It stated: “It’s noticed that the occupancy of particular trains has decreased drastically throughout the interval from 20/04/2021 to twenty/05/2021 on account of surge of COVID-19 constructive case due to second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.”

Whereas occupancy on the evening practice was under 17%, that on the day practice was 1%, it knowledgeable the Ministry.

As in opposition to KRCL’s declare, occupancy on Bengaluru-Karwar in a single day specific particular was over 80% throughout the lockdown for the second wave of COVID-19 with South Western Railway telling the Ministry to not cancel the service. The day practice, nonetheless, was partially cancelled between Mangaluru Junction and Karwar.

On August 6, KRCL wrote to SWR saying occupancy on each Up and Down companies was greater than 100% in July, and the 14 coaches have been inadequate to deal with the demand. Therefore, 5 extra coaches could also be added, SWR was informed.

Influence on working time

Rajeev Gaonkar, secretary of Railway Seva Samithi, Uttara Kannada, stated, “For the primary time within the historical past of KRCL, the corporate has supplied one thing unbelievable for passengers of Karnataka. We’re proud of the prevailing service, and whoever doesn’t get lodging in practice will journey by bus.”

Including coaches may have an effect on the practice’s schedule. The journey time may get prolonged past the prevailing 14 hours. Shiribagilu station on the Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Street ghat, the place trains cross one another, can accommodate solely a 15-coach practice. Extra coaches means crossing elsewhere, entailing adjustments within the timetable, which may have an effect on journey time, Mr. Gaonkar defined.

Kundapura Rail Prayanikara Hitharakshana Samithi president Ganesh Puthran stated KRCL’s gesture is an eyewash to divert consideration from the demand for reintroduction of the Yeshwantpur-Karwar day practice. As an alternative, KRCL ought to reintroduce the cancelled service (Mangaluru Junction to Karwar) of the practice that’s now working with vistadome coaches between Yeshwantpur and Mangaluru Junction, he stated.

If demand is excessive, let KRCL introduce another practice between Bengaluru and Karwar. However, don’t meddle with the prevailing service, Mr. Gaonkar added.


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