Commuting time to be reduced after completion of track work

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Mysore, Dec 9(UNI) Commuting time between Mysore and Bangalore would be reduced by at least 25 minutes following the compeletion of railway track doubling work on the Bangalore-Bidadi section.

The Railway Safety Commissioner has completed the track inspection and was likely to submit his statement to the Railway Board.

Sources told UNI that 70 per cent of the 12000 passengers from Mysore to Bangalore were pass-holders.

The completion of work upto Bedadi was significant, as it underlined the pace of work that had picked up momentum. Once the track gets completed between the two cities, commuting time could be reduced by half from the existing three hours to roughly 90 minutes.

The track work between the two cities was sanctioned in the 2007-08 railway budget. On completion of the project by 2008, it would not only give an impetus to urbanisation but the stretch between Mysore and Bangalore was expected to emerge as a major Industrial or urban corridor on the lines of Mumbai-Pune.

Mysore was being promoted as an Investors' destination and was ranked high next only to Bangalore for its potential in Information Technology, tourism, education and manufacturing sector.

The authorities may have to intorduce additional trains in the near future to cope up with the rush.

The capacity of the existing trains had been augmented in the recent past and the Mysore station was upgraded and modernised in a bid to operate 24 coach rakes, the sources added.

UNI

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