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No advance booking for Chalukya express

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“There is only one train which connects to Mumbai, and I had to travel on October 15, 2012 from Belgaum to Mumbai and chalukya express is not visible on the booking page at all” says Mr.Joshi.

Team AAB did a little research and found out that, in the budget 2012-13 , the train has been given extension to Puducherry and Tirunelveli three days a week respectively.

Sources said as the new number would be given to the train which might run from 15 October onwards, hence the same is not visible for the advance booking.

While a new train would have been a new facility altogether, extension will mean that the same train will cater to travelers in the new areas. This decision of the Railway Ministry will leave thousands of travellers from Karnataka,fuming, as they will have fewer berths.

At present, Chalukya Express has one air-conditioned 2-tier coach with 46 berths, two 3-tier AC coaches with 128 berths and nine second class sleeper coaches with 648 berths along with two general class sitting coaches.

With only connecting train to Mumbai out of the booking radar, the private bus operators will definitely make gold of this situation, said a traveler.

Mr.Joshi who could not get a ticket has now booked his ticket to Mumbai from Miraj of the Mahalaxmi express but traveling from here in the passenger and then alighting and and again boarding at Miraj is a tedious job, he added.

There is a long pending demand that a direct Hubli Mumbai train be started on a daily basis but not even a single railway minster has headed to this request.

9 thoughts on “No advance booking for Chalukya express”

  1. Local MLAs and MPs have to highlight the need and push for it in the Assembly or where ever it is possible. Unless the representative do their work , its hard.

  2. The Northen part of karnataka is deprived of the long distance Transport infrastructure whether it may be Rail,Air . We have none other to blame other than the center and our Karnataka state politicians. Another pathetic thing is that the Hubli Airport is on the verge of closure. I am posted in the North part of india and the long distance Transport infra structure is very much excellent than karnataka. The main reasons may be the Northern politicians are tough and favor their constituency and the State when in power. God knows when the Northern karnataka will develop seeing this condition.

  3. September 10 2012,

    its indeed shocking. I believe our representatives have to wake up now to understand the plight of people from karnataka, since the Chalukya was the only train to reach Hubli. During Festivals the charges for private bus operators will be between 1000 to Rs. 1500/-. Hope the railways will take note of plight of common man before venturing into any changes. We would welcome if were to start duranto on the said line between Mumbai and Hubli via Panvel.
    Its suggestion am still doubtful, whether suggestion will be taken seriously as our elected representatives have many MORE IMPORTANT matters to take care.
    But still Hope is not lost.
    Jai hind, Jai karnatak mate

  4. Sir:

    Chalukya is the only train which provides daily service for people from Tumkur / Arsikere / Davangere / Hubli / Belgaum connection to Mumbai & return

    No reply is forthcoming from Railways, what is the fate of this train from November First

    This will be a great blow, if this is discontinued, to all those who r travelling on this line

    Will the elected representatives, Chamber of Commerce, our Karnatka Railway Minister wake up & restore the services

    This is a train, which has been in existence since Independence

    Please wake up & act.

  5. Dear Sir,

    I’m not able to understand the rationale to stop this train which gives connection to other side of Bengaluru people; from Mumbai to Miraj and further, connecting Belgaum, Hubli, Dharwar, Davangere ,Harihar etc.
    Finally, How can you deviate this to Tamilnadu or Kerala ? There is absolutely no reason to do it. What is going on ?!

    • The time table is never updated. Even when the train is not running why it should be on railway online list. clear and Proper information has to be given to public . When will the Railway learn this ? Simply Internet sites are there. But no one is there to update it. What the authorities are doing ? Getting huge salaries and doing nothing at the grave hours.


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