The latest media reports now indicate that the Yeshwantpur-Kochuveli-Yeshwantpur Garib Rath Express will begin operations from the 22nd of this month (February). The inauguration is slated to happen on the 22nd at Kochuveli, and the honours will be done by the Minister of State for Railways, Mr Velu. 

The train has a very good timing in the Yeshwantpur-Kochuveli section, and a really horrible timing in the Kochuveli-Yeshwantpur section.

The 2257 Yeshwantpur-Kochuveli Garib Rath will depart from Yeshwantpur on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays at 2100. The train will go via Hosur, Salem, Coimbatore, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam and Quilon. The train will arrive at Kochuveli the next day at 1240. 

In the return direction, Train number 2258 will depart Kochuveli on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday at 2000, and arrive Yeshwantpur at 1130, the next morning. The train will have Third AC and AC Chair Car accomodation. However, for some reason, the Integral Coach Factory, Perambur is not rolling out AC Chair Car coaches since the end of the last financial year. Therefore, this particular train will have only Third AC accomodation for the initial few days (or months, or even years!). 

While, the run from YPR to KCVL is well timed, and is very convenient to an average passenger, the timings in the return direction are bad. The Kerala-Karnataka Travellers Forum (KKTF) has urged the railways to re-schedule to train to depart from Bangalore every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday, and also retime the departure from Yeshwantpur to atleast 1600 hours. However, the railways have not announced any changes to the schedule as of today.

Some suggestions from my part:

The railways have a couple of vacant, convenient slots from Trivandrum. The 1515 departure from TVC is practically empty on four days of the week. The days are Wed, Thu, Fri and Sunday. SO, a 1515 departure from KCVL is practically possible on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (satisfying the demand of the KKTF). This particular slot is empty only between TVC and ERS. The slot is empty from Ernakulam and Shoranur only on Thursdays. 

However, given the fact that the train in question is a Garib Rath (the coaches of which have a higher MPS), the train will be able to preceed the train that occupies the said slot between ERS and SRR.

The other option, is to use the slot of the Kochuveli-Bangalore Express. This slot is being used by the 6316 KCVL-SBC Express on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. So, the said train can be run by the railways on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. A 1600 departure slot from Kochuveli also ensures a three hour 20 minute gap between arrival and departure. Since the maintenance of the train is done at Yeshwantpur, the three hour turnaround time is very much possible.

I hope the railways will take a suitable action, and re-schedule the departure timings of 2258 express from Kochuveli to a more convenient slot, thereby enable office-goers save a working day!

More details of the inauguration is awaited, and the final schedule will be known only then.


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NR/WR Rajdhani Special

In order to clear extra rush of passengers during summer rush, Northern Railway will run 2954A/2953A Summer Special Rajdhani trains as per the following programme:-

The 2954A Hazrat Nizamuddin-Mumbai Central Summer Special Rajdhani Train will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin at 2.50 p.m.on every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday i.e. on 16,19,21,23,26,28,30th April, 2006 & 3,5,7,10,12,14,17,19,21,24,26,28 & 31st May 2006 & 2,4,7,9,11,14 &16th June 2006 to reach Mumbai Central at 8.20 a.m. the next day. In the return direction the 2953A Mumbai Central- Hazrat Nizamuddin Summer Special Rajdhani Train will depart from Mumbai Central at 3.30 p. m.on every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday i.e. on 18,21, 23, 25, 28, 30th April 2006 & 2, 5, 7, 9,12,14, 16,19, 21,23,26, 28& 30st May,2006 & 2, 4, 6, 9, 11,13, 16 & 18th June, 2006 to reach Hazrat Nizamuddin at 10.00 a.m. the next day.

Consisting of one – 1st AC, 4 AC 2tier& 6 AC 3tier coaches the 2954A/2953A Summer Special Rajdhani train will stop at Kota, Ratlam, Vadodera and Surat stations enroute in both the directions.

To clear the extra summer rush of passengers, it has been decided to run a weekly special train between Valsad and Mangalore via Konkan Railway route with co-ordination of Western Railway & Southern Railway.
The special train no.0913 will leave from Valsad at 13:40 hrs on Thursdays and reach Mangalore at 11.00 on the next day. In the return direction, the special train no. 0914 will leave from Mangalore at 12.00 hrs on Fridays and reach Valsad at 10.30 on the next day. The special train will run from 13 April 2006 to 01 Jun 2006.
Special train will halt at Vasai Rd, Bhiwandi, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Vaibhavwadi, Kankavali, Kudal, Sawantwadi Rd, Pernem, Thivim, Karmali, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Udupi, Suratkal, & Kankanadi. The special train will have 17 coaches.

New specials to Kerala

South Western Railway will run super fast special trains between Bangalore city and Ernakulam to clear the extra rush for Easter and Vishu, a release said.

Accordingly, Bangalore-Ernakulam Super Fast Special (0637) will leave Bangalore at 5.15 p.m. and reach Ernakulam at 4.30 a.m. next day. The train was introduced on Saturday and will conclude on April 14. The dates of the services from Bangalore are April 10, 12 and 14. Ernakulam-Bangalore Super Fast Special (0638) will leave Ernakulam at 5 p.m. and reach Bangalore at 4.15 a.m. next day. The services of the train began on Sunday and will end on April 15. The dates of the services from Ernakulam are April 11, 13 and 15, the release said.

The railways will run weekly express special trains between Hubli and Kochuveli between April 11 and June 27.

Hubli-Kochuveli Weekly Express Special (0671) will leave Hubli at 1.45 p.m. on Tuesdays (service commencing from April 11 and concluding on June 27) and reach Kochuveli at 4.30 p.m. the next day. The dates of services of train from Hubli are April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20 and 27. Kochuveli-Hubli Weekly Express Special (0672) will leave Kochuveli at 12.45 p.m. on Thursdays and reach Hubli at 4.40 p.m. next day.

The services of the train will begin from April 13 fro Kochuveli and come to an end on June 29. The dates of the services of the train are April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15 and 29.

PATNA: Lalu Prasad’s railway budget for 2006-2007 drew accolades from one and all as it did not propose fare hike. However, now when the budget proposals are being implemented from April 1, passengers are faced with some bitter truths.

Facilities like ‘break journey’ on reserved tickets have been withdrawn. The most popular ‘telescopic facility’ has also been withdrawn, entailing an additional burden of Rs 100 to Rs 300 on each booked ticket.

Under this facility passengers going from Patna to Bangalore via Howrah and Chennai, were not supposed to pay extra fare. They were paying the same fare as was being realised from passengers travelling in a direct train from Patna to Bangalore.

But now a passenger, if he wishes to travel to Bangalore via Howrah and Chennai, has to cough up extra money making a difference of Rs 2,071 for AC I, Rs 1,193 for AC II, Rs 905 for AC III and Rs 370 for the Sleeper class, in addition to the original fare.

Sources said the actual fare for Bangalore from Patna is Rs 3,789 for AC I, Rs 2,171 for AC II, Rs 1,485 for AC III and Rs 549 for the Sleeper class.

But a passenger will now have to pay Rs 5,860 for AC I, Rs 3,364 for AC II, Rs 2,390 for AC III and Rs 919 for the Sleeper class if the journey to Bangalore has to be made via Howrah and Chennai.

Not only that, such passengers now have to buy three separate tickets from Patna to Bangalore (Patna-Howrah, Howrah-Chennai and Chennai-Bangalore). The ticketing process has thus also become more time consuming both for the passengers and the railway reservation staff.

Besides, the railways have hiked the charge realised for cancellation of wait-listed reserved tickets. While it was earlier Rs 50 for AC I, Rs 30 for AC II, Rs 25 for AC III and Rs 20 for the Sleeper class, the same has now increased to Rs 70 for AC I, Rs 60 for AC II, Rs 50 for AC III and Rs 40 for the Sleeper class.

These apart, passengers will have to pay extra money ranging from Rs 15 to Rs 35 for booking each return journey ticket from a place.

Earlier, this facility was provided free of cost under the passenger amenities service, Danapur Passengers’ Association members said, adding under the new budget provisions, the railways will realise a sum of Rs 10 extra on each reserved ticket if it is booked from a place other than the originating station.

Similarly, the luggage and parcel fares, which were same till now, have been hiked from April 1. Businessmen will have to pay separately for parcel and luggage.

For instance, the railways were realising Rs 147 per quintal on both luggage and parcel booked from Patna to Delhi. However, it is now Rs 270 and Rs 315 per quintal for parcel and luggage respectively booked from Patna to Delhi.

Likewise, the fare for parcel and luggage booked from Patna to Howrah has now gone up from Rs 83 per quintal to Rs 157 and Rs 187 per quintal respectively, the sources said.

Confirming these changes, a senior commercial department official of ECR said it has been effected from April 1, 2006 vide a Railway Board circular.

In order to clear extra rush during the ensuing summer, Railways has decided to run super fast weekly special trains between Hyderabad and Bangalore city stations as per the following timings
and stoppages.

Train No 0789 Hyderabad-Bangalore city super fast weekly special will depart Hyderabad at 19.15 on Fridays commencing from April 21 to June 9 and arrive Bangalore city at 7.25 am, the next day.

Dates of service from Hyderabad are: April 21 and 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26 and June 2 and 9.
En route, the special will arrive/depart Begumpet at 19.27/19.29, Vikarabad at 20.34/20.35, Raichur at 23.43/23.45, Guntakal at 1.40/1.45, Anantapur at 2.58/3.00, Dharmavaram at 3.55/4.00, Sri Satyasai Prashanthi Nilayam at 4.32/4.35 and Hindupur at 5.36/5.38.

Train No 0790 Bangalore city-Hyderabad super fast weekly special will depart Bangalore city at 18.15 on Saturdays commencing from April 22 to June 10 and arrive Hyderabad at 7.15, the next day. Dates of service from Bangalore are: April 22 and 29, May 6, 13, 20 and 27 and June 6, 3 and 10. (Total eight services).

En route, the train will arrive/depart Hindupur at 20.22/20.24, Sri Satya Sai Prashanthi Nilayam at 21.25/21.28, Dharmavaram at 22.15/22.20, Anantapur at 22.44/22.46, Guntakal at 00.20/00.25, Raichur at 02.13/02.15, Vikarabad at 5.29/5.30 and Begumpet at 6.48/6.50.

The special train will have total 16 coaches comprising one A/C 2-tier, one A/C 3-tier, 10 second class, two general second class and two second class luggage-cum-brake vans.