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Bengaluru: With the launch of the Vande Bharat Express, there are two high-speed premium trains on the Mysuru – Chennai route via Bengaluru, offering similar services. But both the Vande Bharat and Shatabdi Express do not operate on Wednesday, and Bengaluru residents find it ridiculous.
Ever since the announcement of Vande Bharat, people have been demanding either of the services on Wednesdays. The high-speed train was launched ten days ago and the demand for Wednesday service has become louder now.
Vande Bharat leaves at 5:50 am from Chennai while Shatabdi starts at 6 am. Both trains will arrive at Bengaluru’s KSR railway station at around 10:30 – 10:45 . Vande Bharat will reach Mysuru at 12:30 pm taking 6.4 hours while Shatabdi reaches the destination by 1 pm, running 7 hours from Chennai. The Vande Bharat runs at an average speed of 75.6 kmph and the Shatabdi runs at 72.4 kmps.
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Since the services are identical, Bengalurians ask why the Railway can’t operate one train on Wednesdays. Several people took to Facebook and Twitter to comment on the need for Wednesday’s service.
“Both Vande Bharat and Shatabdi from Chennai to Mysore (Bangalore) don’t run on Wednesdays. Why!!! Shouldn’t they stagger this? a city resident Vishwanath asked. Tagging the Additional Divisional Railway Manager in Chennai, Ananth Rupanagudi, another Twitter user Vinay asked, “why is it both Shatabdi and Vande Bharat are not running on Wednesday? Vande Bharat could have been given rest on some other day than Wednesday!” Both Vande Bharat and Shatabdi in this route are maintained by Southern Railways.
Another Twitter user named Phenonixk also had the same question. “Both Vande Bharat and Shatabdi start almost at the same time. Both don’t run on Wednesday. It’s more of a tick in someone’s box than passenger convenience. I have sent multiple tweets to @RailMinIndia, but no response,” he asked.
He also believes that the Railways has a long-term plan to stop all Shatabti’s and the switchover to Vandebharat completely. Other netizens like Santosh Ram also have the same opinion. “Shatabdi will soon be depreciated,” Ram predicted while engaging in an online discussion.
According to Railway officials, the trains undergo regular maintenance work on Wednesdays. However, they said the authorities are open to suggestions and will discuss and examine the demand.