Mysore, Nov 18: Authorities are mooting an idea of second railway terminal for Mysore due to the projected growth of rail traffic with the development of the city.
Railway sources told the sources that they were trying to acquire additional land at a suitable place in view of the perceived congestion in the city railway station, once the track doubling work between Mysore and Bangalore was completed by 2009.
Meanwhile, C H Vijayashankar MP, who was also a member of the Parliamentary standing committee on railways, suggested that a new railway station was necessary to cope with the projected growth and mooted the idea of bifurcating the operations of all long distance express trains and passenger services so as to decongest the existing railway station.
Today, Mysore city railway station handled nearly 50 pairs of trains, including the services on the Nanjangud-Chamarajanagara section, which was temporarily suspended for gauge conversion work.
When the Mysore-Bangalore track doubling work was completed, the authorities were bound to increase the frequency of train services between the two cities to cope with passenger demand.
In addition, there was every possibility of more trains being operated from Mysore given the high density rail traffic in Bangalore, where finding a berth for shunting trains had become a major problem, the sources added.
It was also pointed out that scenario in Mysore was the same witnessed by Bangalore a few years ago, when the authorities decided to develop Yeshwanthpur as its second major terminal for arrival and departure of trains. This not only helped in decongesting Bangalore city station but helped to augment the number of services from Bangalore to rest of India as well.
The double line rails would make Mysore an easy reach from Bangalore, and the entire 138 km stretch between the two cities had been projected to grow into an urban corridor on the lines of Mumbai-Surat or Mumbai-Pune, putting Mysore on the fast track of economic growth. The city railway station, which was being spruced up at a cost of Rs two crore, was geared up to handle 24 rakes and the length of all the platforms was being increased. This would increase the operational capacity of the Mysore railway station, sources added.
At present, Mysore railway station could handle rakes of 21 coaches but there was a pressure to increase the capacity which was not possible unless the length of platforms was increased, the sources added.