Udupi: Passenger trains yet to resume operations in full


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Oct 23: Due to covid19, movement of passenger trains all over India came to a standstill from March 22, 2020 onwards. This has put common people and the labour class into a lot of problems.

Under pressure from the general public, Karwar-Margao demu train resumed operations from October 18 this year. But the problem persists for the labour class and the people who travel between districts and states.

Now local trains have not been moving for the last 18 months. Most of the trains have been transformed into express trains as a result of which ticket prices have gone up steeply. Poor people who are already in doldrums are facing the uphill task of meeting the railway fare. Moreover, tickets have to compulsorily be booked in advance. As such, people's attitude towards express trains has been lukewarm. Even the general class is reserved for which the price is much higher.

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In the post-Covid era, train fare from Bhatkal to Udupi has become Rs 92. When passenger trains were available, this travel could have been undertaken for Rs 45 per trip. Already a request to run passenger trains has been made through letter but the response has not been good.

The railway officials feel that making the tickets reserved has the advantage of availability of an exact number of passengers and if there is any Covid patient, his primary contacts can be found easily .

In the past, Mangaluru-Margao passengers and Margao-Mangaluru demu trains were available. Both the trains are not available currently. The condition about reservations creates problems for the illiterates and people who are not well versed with smartphone usage. Therefore the people feel the urgent need for passenger trains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Louis Lobo, Mumbai

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    So pathetic we just cane from mumbai to udupi during journey oour coach was floded with rain water and no TC was at sight to lodge complaint. The coaches are old it is high time they should replace immediately with newones. I do not know when they set right. The present charges are so high not even now they revert back to earlier position. Train schedule not maintained and almost everyday 1 to 2 houes late. As per latest court order raikways have been fined a d asked then to compensate ti paasengers for the delay. Request udupi organisation should taje up this matter with the concerned authorities to improve and maintain time schedule abd also replace 20years old coaches to new ones

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  • Terrence L Nazareth, Udupi

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    In the name of covid restrictions, the railways have stopped senior citizen concession. Also in the name of covid special, the train Matsygandhas ticket fare has been increased. The railways have resorted to exhortion.. The senior citizen concession should b restored immediately.

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  • V Divakar, Kankanady

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    Train facility is like life line of the poor.So excuse of COVID-19 is enough and Passenger Trains should resume with out further delay and also advance Reservation criteria should be done away but many cincession fares can be rescheduled.No concessions beyond 25%.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    I'm traveling by Mangalore Express for Christmas ...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    Fly by tata airlines🥺

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    It may become Ambani Airline ...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    Trains will be full Jossey sir. You come by ijju's bullock cart....ijjuchi boil gaadi filled with kuswar.... Safe and best...unique style

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