We are still going through the 2nd wave of the Coronavirus. The deadly global pandemic has upended the lives of almost every individual in some capacity or another. The raw numbers are peaking in India in the ongoing second wave but the fear and psychosis still remains intact. To ease the burden of the railway passengers in these trying times of Covid-19, Southern Railways division has decided to restore the services of Matsyagandha Special Festival train for the benefit of the travelling public.
Railways is resuming suspended train services and increasing the frequency of several trains for the convenience of railway passengers. The trains had been cancelled by the railways due to poor occupancy rate of passengers amid an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases in Karnataka and Mumbai region.
Train Timings and Stoppages
The train 02620 Matsyagandha SF Special Fare Special departs from its base station Mangalore Cntl (MAQ) at 12:40 pm and reaches its destination station Lokmanya Tilak Term (LTT) at 06:35 am the next day. Enroute this train will halt at Surathkal Mulki, Udupi, Kundapura, Bhatkal, Murdeshwar, Kumta, Ankola, Karwar, Goa Madgaon, Kudal, Ratnagiri, Mangaon, Panvel and Thane. The extension has been given from 15th June to 30th June.
On the return journey the train 02619 Matsyagandha SF Special Fare Special departs from its base station Lokmanya Tilak Term (LTT) at 03:20 am and reaches its destination station Mangalore Cntl (MAQ) at 10:10 am the next day. This train will have stoppages at Thane, Panvel, Mangaon, Ratnagiri, Kudal, Goa Madgaon, Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Murdeshwar, Bhatkal, Kundapura, Udupi, Mulki and Surathkal. The extension has been given from 16th June to 1st July.
The Indian Railway is restoring its passenger train services to almost pre Covid-19 levels, provided India gets control of the virus which is ravaging the country in a deadly second wave. These trains are also likely to be special trains only and not regular passenger services.
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