Belagavi Railway Users Demand New Train to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Belagavi Railway Users in Belagavi, the second capital of Karnataka, are eagerly waiting for a new bi-weekly direct superfast train connecting it to Thiruvananthapuram Central, the capital of Kerala. The recently commissioned Coaching Depot which has Coach Care Center and Pitline in the New Belagavi Railway Station has been a catalyst for the growing demand for better railway connectivity in the North Karnataka region. The Belagavi Kollam Special Express, run during the festival season at the request of Member of Parliament Lok Sabha Belagavi, Shri Mangal Angadi, was a great success, with 80% patronage during its 1-month run.
However, the train’s last run on January 16th, 2023, has left many people without a direct railway link to Kerala. The lack of direct trains between Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram, apart from the Island Express, has resulted in many people relying on State Transport buses for connectivity between the two states.
The Belagavi Railway Users Committee and citizens of Belagavi are calling for a new train that will take the coastal Kerala route of the Southern Railways, much like the TOD Festival Special Kollam Express. A direct superfast train between Belagavi and Thiruvananthapuram Central would not only provide a convenient and efficient mode of transportation for people but also boost economic growth and tourism in the region.
Here are a few comments from Belagavi Railway Users Members and citizens of Belagavi, highlighting the need for the new train:
- “I travel to Thiruvananthapuram often for business, and the lack of direct trains is a major inconvenience. A new train connecting Belagavi to Thiruvananthapuram would save me a lot of time and money.” – Mr. Satish, a businessman.
- “I have elderly parents in Thiruvananthapuram and the long bus journey is very tiring for them. A direct train would make it much easier for them to visit us.” – Mr. Amruth G.
- “As a student, I find it challenging to travel between Belagavi and Thiruvananthapuram for my studies. A direct train would make it easier for students like me to access educational opportunities.” – Miss Sandipvathi, Student of Hirasugar Institue of Technology, Nidasosi.
- “Tourism is a major industry in both Belagavi and Thiruvananthapuram, and a direct train would greatly boost economic growth in the region.” – Mr. Shridhar, Belagavi Railway Users Committee member.
- “Capitals of South Indian States Karnataka & Telangana connected to #Belagavi Waiting for #Trivandrum & #Chennai Connection,” said Shoylesh Chatterjee, Railway Activist from Belgaum.
- ” As a Software Engineer, I travel to Ernakulam (Cochin) on Friday and Return to Silicon Valley on Sunday. If this train is run it’ll be a lot easier for me to travel between the Two States” – Mr. Manjunath Thomas, Software Engineer.
The need for a new bi-weekly train connecting Belagavi to Thiruvananthapuram Central is growing, and it is high time the Railways take the necessary steps to meet the demands of the people. The new train would provide a convenient, efficient, and affordable mode of transportation, boost economic growth, and make a significant positive impact on the lives of people in the region.
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