Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bengaluru all set to get longest train to N India

Yeshwantpur-Katra will cover 3,246 km in 56 hours and 40 minutes
Bengaluru will get connected to Katra (on the foothills of Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu &Kashmir) on Thursday by the Yeshwantpur-Katra premium Express which will run on the longest train route from the city to a destination in North India. The train which will have halts at Yeshwanthpur, Ballari, Guntakal, Secunderabad, Nagpur, Jhansi, New Delhi and Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra will cover a distance of 3,246 kilometres in 56 hours and 40 minutes. Though the YeshwantpurKatra route is longer than the North India-bound Yeshwanthpur-Chandigarh (2,846 kilometres) train, it falls short of the longest route from the city of the Yeshwanthpur-Dibrugarh train which covers a distance of 3,547 kilometres.
Along with the Yeshwantpur Katra premium Express (Train No.2267922680), the Railways said they will be launching three other trains connecting different parts of the country to Bengaluru. The other three trains are Patna Bengaluru Premium Express (Train No.2235322354), Kamakhya Bengaluru Premium Express (Train No.22503 22504) and Tata Nagar Bai yappanahalli Express (No.1811118112).
The train is likely to be flagged off by Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and leave Bengaluru city on Thursdays. A Railway official told Mirror that while this train will be flagged off from Bengaluru, the other trains will be flagged off from their respective destinations to Bengaluru.
Though the much-awaited train to Jammu and Kashmir has been welcomed, many wondered why the train had no stoppages beyond New Delhi.A large number of people travel from Bengaluru to North Indian cities and are forced to make a stop-over at Delhi for other trains.
“The train passes through a number of junctions like Ambala (from where one can go to Chandigarh and Shimla), Jalandhar (from where one can head to Amritsar and Wagah), Pathankot (from where one can head to Amritsar, Dalhousie and Mcleodganj), Jammu and Udhampur without stopping at any of these places. As Bengaluru has no train to any of these places, it would have been nice if the Katra train had been given stoppages at these destinations. As of now we are forced to get down at Delhi and spend a whole day waiting for other trains,“ said Kailash Sharma, who hails from Jammu.
Prakash Mandoth, an exmember of Zonal Railway User's Consultative Committee, said, “We have asked the Railways to have more stoppages after New Delhi. The train should also have been a superfast train rather than a premium train as the latter follows dynamic pricing.“


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