There are plans to increase the speed of trains operating on Mysuru-Bengaluru section owing to likely completion of the track doubling work between the two cities.Sources in the South Western Railway SWR told UNI that almost 90 per cent of the track-laying work on the section was completed, and this had augmented the line capacity for operating more services, besides speeding up the existing trains. Some of the trains could be speeded up to reduce the running time by 20 to 25 In view of the ongoing doubling works, there are too many speed restrictions along certain stretches and there are plans to lift them so that the running time of the trains is reduced. The locomotive pilots are issued Caution Drive (CD) slips before each departure, mentioning the stretches along which, speed restrictions are to be observed. There are as many as 15 CD stretches along the Mysuru-Bengaluru section and some of them are as long as 500 meters, where the train speed is limited to 15 kmph or 20 kmph and it will be lifted before this year. This alone will help gain about 20 minutes, while increasing the speed will help further reduce the commuting time, said Mr Rajkumar Lal, Divisional Railway Manager. Mr Lal said, at present, some of the trains take up to three hours to cover the distance, while a few express trains take around 2 hours and 30 minutes to cover the 139-km stretch between the two cities. If speed was to be increased, then commuting between Mysuru and Bengaluru in express trains could be covered in two hours by most trains on a conservative estimate, he reasoned. The official said there are also plans to introduce additional train services on the section and a proposal had already been submitted for running a new train departing from Bengaluru at around 1915 hrs, for which, there is a high demand from the public. From Mysuru, there are demands for operating additional services between 1100 hrs and and 1400 hrs, as during that time there are insufficient outbound trains to Bengaluru. He said, now 25 pairs of trains operate between Mysuru and Bengaluru, including four weekly, three bi-weekly and one train for six days a week. Of these, 18 trains are express and seven are passenger services. The need for a second railway terminal for Mysuru stemmed from the imperatives of operating additional services from the city to the rest of the country to enhance connectivity, he added.Mr Lal said the introduction of additional trains from Mysuru also hinges on infrastructure for maintenance of rakes. The primary maintenance are carried out at the pit-lines and the Mysuru station, which has three pit-lines, was entrusted with the task of primary maintenance of seven-pair of trains, each lasting about six to eight hours, he said, adding, two of the pit -lines can accommodate rakes of 24 coaches and the third can berth a 21-coach rake.
He said, in addition, certain trains have secondary maintenance, which takes about three hours, and hence all the three pit-lines in the city station are always occupied by rakes. The primary maintenance of rakes in the Mysuru Division takes place at Mysuru and Ariskere Junction, he noted. Mr Lal said, unless additional pit-lines are created at Belagola, it will reduce the number of trains that can be operated from Mysuru. Hence, it is imperative to develop the station as the second terminal for the city, he added.UNI BSP KVV RSS 1240
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