MP Nalin Kumar Kateel met with Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav in New Delhi on Friday to advocate for the introduction of a new Vande Bharat Express train service connecting Mangalore and Goa.
Following their discussions, the Minister has pledged to launch the new Vande Bharat Express train service from Mangalore to Goa by the end of October, addressing a long-standing demand.
During their meeting, MP Kateel also urged the Minister not to entertain the proposal to extend the Bangalore Kannur train to Cochin, particularly in response to requests from individuals in Kerala. In response, Minister Ashwini Vaishnav expressed his refusal to consider such a proposal.
Furthermore, they have reached an agreement to introduce a passenger train from Subrahmanya Road to Mangalore in the morning and a return train from Mangalore to Subrahmanya in the evening.
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In another development, the railway department has responded to passengers’ requests by revising the schedule of the extended Bangalore – Mysore – Mangalore – Murdeshwar train. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has instructed that the schedule be adjusted to arrive one hour earlier, addressing concerns of schedule delays.
This change comes in response to a request submitted by the Kundapur Railway Passenger Welfare Committee, which was presented to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav in Delhi by Kodagu-Mysore MP Pratapsinha on Friday. The decision to revise the timetable aims to improve the convenience and punctuality of train services for passengers.