NON running of 2014 declared Trivandrum Bengluru Biweekly

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Sirs,

We hope you have come across this news about  the non running of Thiruvananthapuram Bangalore biweekly train announced in 2014 budget. The proposed service to Bangalore was the train no 22657/22658 Premium express  as regular service announced by the then Railway Minister in the 2014 railway budget and was included in the 2015 all-India timetable. Even after four  years, the train is yet to start its service, while all other trains announced in that budget have started service. And not only that, this train has been since removed from the timetable. This is unprecedented in the history of the railways. 

After repeated pleas by travelling public the media and people's representatives, Finally SWR had agreed to the run this train and according to PRO SWR timings have been sent to railway board already.SWR is saying SR has to run the train and SR is stating that train is under railway Boards consideration. The railway zones and railway board is palying hide and seek and making people fools. 

RTI reply by SWR clearly shows  that SR has to provide the rake and run the train 

"It is informed by DYCOMCHG_SWR that-Train No.22657/22658 Thiruvanthapuram – Bangalore Cantt - Thiruvanthapuram Weekly Premium Express was announced in Budget 2014-2015. As per the minutes of the Inter Railway Budget Meeting held with Railway Board, the train has to be introduced by Southern Railway with one rake having Primary Maintenance at Thiruvanthapuram and platform turn round at Bangalore. It also appeared in the South Zone Regional Time Table in the year 2014-15. Reasons for non – introduction of this train by Southern Railway is not known to South Western Railway. It is to be primarily explained by Southern Railway and Railway Board. At this date it is true that South Western Railway is having Operational Constraints in taking any new train to Bangalore due to the line capacity constraints as well as platform constraints, so South Western Railway is extended beyond Bangalore the above train to Mysore. "

If this is true Railway board may take action against southern railway COM and CPTM

There are more than 600 private luxury buses plying daily between Bangalore and various destinations in Kerala, which charge fares as high as Rs. 4000 for a single seat on an overnight journey. The proposed 22657/8 will seriously affect the revenues of these private bus operators as it is announced to run from Trivandrum on Sundays and from Bangalore on Fridays, the days which see highest traffic and revenues for them. SWR officials earlier  claimed  that there are terminal constraints in Bangalore that prevents them from starting new trains. However, this is untrue as they themselves have managed to start six new services from KSR Bangalore since 2014. TVC/SR is even willing to run the train up to Mysore if there are terminal constraints in Bangalore,. All this only shows that how trains to Kerala are being torpedoed by the private bus lobby with the active connivance of railway officials at southern railway head quarters.

The Bangalore-Kerala sector sees heavy passenger traffic around the year. The 16525/6 and 16316/5 that run today between Trivandrum and Bangalore are on high waiting lists for an entire month. By not running the 22657/8, the railways is foregoing an easy source of revenue, as it is guaranteed to run full round the year. However, SR and SWR is more concerned about safeguarding private bus owners' interests rather than that of the railways and of thousands of ordinary, common man passengers who are unable to get a train ticket to Bangalore, whom they are supposed to serve. It is astounding that these railway officers have the audacity to disobey a direct order from the Railway Board and the Prime Minister's Office! They are behaving in a manner that goes directly against the spirit of the constitution and the very federal structure of the Indian Republic. Their actions also undermine all the wholehearted attempts by the railway minister Shri Piyush Goyal to improve the Indian Railways.

We request you to directly look into the matter and make arrangements to start running the budget-announced 22657/8 express as a regular service at the earliest. It would be a great service to the people of Karnataka and Kerala. We hope for a positive response.



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