Mysuru, July 27:- Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha flagged off electric Multiple Unit Train Service (MEMU) at Mysuru Railway Station on Saturday.
“The series of inaugural sessions in railways in Mysuru prove the changes being brought in the Indian Railways under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not even a single new train was introduced between 2004 and 2014 in Mysuru. Even when a single train was needed to be introduced, people had to wait for the railway budget. But the situation has changed under the Modi government. If we wait for just one week, we get a new train. Mysuru station is getting a makeover. Bengaluru – Mysuru – Kannuru train has been diverted for 4 days a week after the completion of broad gauge between Bengaluru – Hassan. We didn’t have a train at 8 pm. Commuters pressurised, saying they don’t have train for 4 days a week. The MEMU service between Bengaluru – Ramanagara has been rescheduled and it was redirected to Mysuru at 7:50 pm 4 days a week. It used to arrive in Mysuru at 10:30 pm. It used to return back to Bengaluru late at night or very early in the morning. It was not useful for the people in its return journey. For that, it has been rescheduled again,” he said.
“If we have got a good name with the positive development in the railways, it is because of the Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Officials have implemented the directions given by him. Suresh Angadi is now the Minister of State (MoS) for the railways, who is from Karnataka. Because of him, our demands are being fulfilled quickly. We need leaders who are willing to work. As politicians did not understand the system properly, it has been difficult to complete the works. All the demands related to the railways will be completed in the next two years. Mysuru has an airport but without flights. Now, five flights are coming to Mysuru. Eight more flights will be flying to Mysuru by October 27. Chennai Super Fast Express, Kachiguda Express trains have come to Mysuru. Next will be Mysuru – Thiruvananthapuram and Mysuru – Mumbai trains,” he added.
MLA L Nagendra, Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath, MLC Marithibbegowda, South Western Railway (SWR) Mysuru Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Aparna Garg, SWR general manager Ajay Kumar Singh and others were present.
The MEMU train, with eight bogeys, will commute for 6 days a week from July 29. The train leaves Bengaluru at 5:20 pm and arrives in Mysuru at 8:20 pm. It leaves Mysuru at 8:30 pm and reaches Bengaluru at 11:20 pm. (MR/KS)