The Managlore to Bangalore route is one of the beautiful train routes that I have travelled on. The last time i did it was almost 13 years ago..Since then I have just been waiting and waiting always.
Our Leaders in mangalore and Karnataka overall have just used this issue for public sympathy and now for public rage which has taken us nowhere for the last 11 years now. Interestingly, Keralites and their Leaders have begun showing interest in this route and Kerala Congress Gen. Secretary K Sudhakaran met prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh through union minister Vayalar Ravi on November 1 while the PM was on his visit to Kerala. He also submitted a memorandum that had the following details.
1. The train service between Mangalore and Bangalore was discontinued for gauge conversion in September 1996 and the work was to be completed in a year’s time. (Time to observe decennial now? A question from Mangaloreans.)
2. The rail-laying work was completed six months ago. But only goods trains are being run on the track.
3. Paradoxically, while a 3-engine, 40-bogied, 5000-tonne goods train can run safely at a time, a 800-tonne passenger train is not allowed to run.
4. An important fact which the elected representatives from DK and Udupi have avoided mentioning all the time, has been openly expressed in the memorandum – that the delay is the handiwork of the private tourist bus lobby ( which is an open secret, discussed in public in Mangalore and around.)
It definitely looks like our Keralite brothers are more keen on getting this project to work than our local leaders. DV Sadananda Gowda has been a man of Words and nothing else. Its high time that people realise that “leaders” like Dhananjay Kumar, Sadanand Gowda are INCOMPETANT to handle our City. We should find new and Better Leaders to Take our cause.
In the Meantime however, We should Intensify our battle in getting the Trains Started. Can we begin This…and if we Can… How do we?