Updated: October 2, 2019 4:27:49 pm
Following a huge demand for special services in the wake of the Mysore Dasara festival, special trains and buses have been announced by the South Western Railway (SWR) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to help lakhs of people to travel during the festive season.
Two Suvidha special trains have been announced by the SWR commencing the onward journey on October 4 and return journeys to Bengaluru commencing on October 8.
“The SWR has decided to run Suvidha Special trains to clear extra rush of passengers during Dussehra festival,” a statement released on Thursday read.
The Bengaluru-Belagavi service (82567) will depart from Yesvantpur at 11 pm on October 4 to reach Belagavi at 11.15 am the next day. The train via Davangere, Hubballi, Dharwar will comprise one AC 2-tier coach, two AC 3-tier coaches, 16 second-class sleeper coaches and two second-class with luggage cum brake-van.
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The same train will commence its return journey (82658) at 7 pm on October 8 to reach Yesvantpur at 06.20 am the next day.
The Bengaluru-Mangaluru service (82655) is scheduled to begin the journey from Yeshwantpur on October 4 at 10.20 pm to reach Mangaluru Junction at 8.30 am the next day. The service via Shravanabelagola and Hassan will comprise of one 3-Tier AC coach, 12 second-class sleeper coaches, and two luggage-cum-brake vans.
On its return journey, the Mangaluru-Bengaluru service (82656) will commence from Mangaluru Junction at 10.15 pm on October 8 to reach Yelahanka at 8 am on October 9 via Hassan, Shravanabelagola, and Yeshwantpur.
Apart from this, the SWR has decided to augment one extra Second Class Sleeper coach in the following trains during the Dasara season:
Train No. 17301/17302 Mysuru – Dharwad – Mysuru Express till October 8
Train No. 16591/16592 Hubballi – Mysuru – Hubballi Express till October 8
Train No. 16535 Mysuru – Solapur Express till October 9.
Train No. 16536 Solapur – Mysuru Express from October 10.
At the same time, the following trains will have two extra Second Class Chair Cars in the following trains till October 8:
Train No. 56201/56202 Chamrajanagar – Mysuru – Chamrajanagar Passenger
Train No. 56281/56282 Chamrajanagar – KSR Bengaluru – Chamrajanagar Passenger
Train No. 56203/56204 Chamrajanagar – Mysuru – Chamrajanagar Passenger
Train No. 56275/56276 Talguppa – Mysuru – Talguppa Passenger
Train No. 56263/25264 Mysuru – KSR Bengaluru – Mysuru Passenger
Train No. 56265/25266 Arsikere – Mysuru – Arsikere Passenger
Train No. 56269/25270 Shivamogga Town – Mysuru – Shivamogga Town Passenger
KSRTC to run 2500 extra buses for intra, inter-state services
The KSRTC has decided to operate 2500 extra buses from October 4 to 8 inclduing special operations to various destinations within and outside the state.
Intra-state services during the same timeframe include buses to Dharmastala, Kukkesubramanya, Sringeri, Horanadu, Shivamogga, Madikeri, Mangaluru, Davangere, Gokarna, Kollur, Hubballi, Dharwad, Belagavi, Vijayapura, Karwar, Ballari, Hospete, Kalaburagi, and Raichur
At the same time, inter-state services will be operated to Hyderabad, Chennai, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Salem, Trichy, Pudukote, Madurai, Panjim, Shirdi, Pune, Ernakulam, and Palakkad.
Another 175 buses each will be in service on the Bangalore-Mysore and Mysore-Bangalore route during these five days apart from the special tour packages that will be operated from Mysuru.
KSRTC officials have confirmed that Fly Bus services (Multi-axle AC Volvo buses) which operate from Kempegowda International Aiport, Bengaluru to Mysuru will continue to operate durinh the festive season as usual.
At the same time, the KSRTC will operate additional buses for the Rajahamsa, Airavat and Airavat Club Class (multi-axle) services to help people visiting Mysuru during the auspicious Dasara season.
According to the KSRTC, one-day services will begin from Mysuru at 6am and will return in the evening daily from September 29 to October 10.
The one-day package tour in Karnataka Sarige vehicles named Giridarshini will cover Bandipur, Gopalaswamy Hills, BR Hills, Nanjangud and Chamundi Hills during the trip. The base fare for the same is fixed at Rs 350 for adults and Rs 175 for children.
Jaladarshini, another special package, will cover Golden Temple (Bylakuppe), Dubare forest, Nisargadhama, Raja’s Seat, Harangi reservoir, and KRS. The service will cost Rs 375 for each adult, while the same is fixed at Rs 190 for children.
The special service named Devadarshini will cover areas such as Nanjangud, Mudukuthore, Talkad, Somanathapura, and Srirangapatna. Each adult ticket will cost Rs 275 while each ticket for children will cost Rs 140.
Volvo multi-axle buses which will run for the one-day special package will be as follows:
The Marcera package covering Nisargadhama – Golden Temple, Harangi Dam-Raja seat, Abbi falls will cost Rs 1,200 and Rs 900 for adults and children respectively.
The multi-axle service for the Bandipur package covering Somnathpur-Talakadu-Gopala Swamy Betta-Bandipur-Nanjangudu will cost Rs 1,000 and Rs 750 for children respectively.
At the same time, the Shimsha package covering Shivana Samudra-Srirangapatna, Ranganathittu-Balmuri falls will cost Rs 800 for each adult ticket and Rs 600 for each child ticket.
A special inter-state service to Ooty from Mysuru will cover Ooty-Botanical garden- Italian and Rose garden, according to KSRTC officials. While the price for adult tickets are fixed at Rs 1,600, the same is Rs 1,200 for children.
The KSRTC has advised passengers to reserve tickets prior to the date of the journey either through online (www.ksrtc.in) or at computerised KSRTC ticket counters operated at key bus depots across and outside the state.
A total of 707 such ticket counters are operational in Karnataka and across neighbouring states, according to KSRTC’s passenger advisory.
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