From Wednesday, the introduction of a new Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train between Mysuru and Bengaluru is set to bring joy to a lot of passengers who regularly travel between the two cities. At a flat fare of Rs 30 per passenger, one can reach Mysuru from Bengaluruâ€™s Majestic in just short of three hours. The return journey will take a little less than four hours at a top speed up to 110km/hr for the whole journey.
The KSR Bengaluru City - Mysuru MEMU Special will leave Majestic at 7:55pm and reach Mysuru at 10:50pm on every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Mysuru-KSR Bengaluru City MEMU Special will leave Mysuru at 04:45am and reach Majestic in Bengaluru at 08:30am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Compared to loco-hauled commuter trains pulled by a separate engine (existing diesel or Multiple Electric Multiple Units), MEMUs provide an average increase in speed of 20km/hour and as a result prove attractive to passengers. The stretch between Bengaluru and Mysuru was electrified recently.
The trains will be a huge relief to a large number of daily commuters travelling from Mysuru, Mandya, Maddur and Channapattana to reach the suburban areas of Bengaluru like Nayandahalli, Kengeri and Hejjala.
A railway official said, â€śAfter diversion of Train No. 16513 Yesvantpur â€“ Mangaluru Central via Shravanbelagola four days in a week, there was no connecting train between KSR Bengaluru and Mysuru between 06:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Extension of this train will fill up this slot and be extremely helpful for daily commuters.â€ť
The regular MEMU service, having a capacity to carry 3,500 passengers at a time from KSR Bengaluru, will be starting from Wednesday. From Mysuru, the service will be commencing on Thursday making it possible to travel between the two cities on every day of the week.
These trains will have stoppages at Krishnadevaraya Halt, Nayandahalli, Jnanabharathi Halt, Kengeri, Hejjala, Bidadi, Ketohalli Halt, Ramanagaram, Channapattana, Mandya, Pandavapura and Srirangapattana.
This new trains will run four days a week in both directions, in addition to the existing KSR Bengaluru City - Kannur/Karwar tri-weekly express starting on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday connecting both the cities with railway service on a daily basis. The Kannur/Karwar - KSR Bengaluru City tri-weekly express runs from Mysuru on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The two cities are 160 km apart and it takes more than four hours to cover the distance by road during the day owing to traffic congestion on the Mysore road. Further, regular bus fare costs at least Rs 129 and Rs 330 for a luxury bus, run by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.