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Kavach Safeguards 117 RKM of tracks in Karnataka


Kavach is an indigenously developed Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system that aids the loco pilot in trains running within specified speed limits. It automatically applies brakes in case the Loco Pilot fails to do so and helps the train safely operate during inclement weather. The system is highly technology intensive and requires the highest order of safety certification.

Brief History 

The first field trials on passenger trains began in February 2016. Based on the experience gained from these trials and an Independent Safety Assessment by a 3rd party, three firms were approved in 2018-19 to supply Kavach.

Kavach was adopted as the National ATP system in July 2020.

Current Status & Spending 

Kavach has been deployed on 1465 Route km (Rkm) and 121 locomotives (including Electric Multiple Unit rakes) on South Central Railway in Telangana (684 Rkm), Andhra Pradesh (66 Rkm), Karnataka (117 Rkm), and Maharashtra (598 Rkm) states.

KAVACH was initially implemented for 264 Kms and 25 stations in the Wadi – Vikarabad – Sanatnagar and Vikarabad – Bidar sections of South Central Railway. In 2020-21, an additional 322 Kms and 32 stations were covered. In 2021-22, the system was deployed in an extra 859 Kms, 77 stations, 29 LC Gates, and 74 Locomotives. In total, KAVACH now safeguards 1,445 Kms (including 68 RKms of Automatic signaling) and 133 stations, covering sections like Manmad – Mudkhed – Nizamabad – Sitafalmandi – Kurnool – Guntakal, Parbhani – Bidar – Vikarabad – Wadi, and Wadi – Sanatnagar.

Kavach tenders have been awarded for the Delhi – Mumbai and Delhi – Howrah corridors, approximately covering 3000 Route km. Work is in progress on these routes in various states, including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.

The cost for the provision of Trackside equipment, including Station equipment of Kavach, is approximately ₹ 50 Lakhs per Kilometer. The cost for providing Kavach equipment on loco is approximately ₹ 70 Lakhs per loco.

The total amount spent so far on Kavach implementation is ₹ 351.91 Crores. The budgetary allocation for Kavach during the year 2023-24 is ₹ 710.12 Crores.

Scaling up 

Indian Railways is preparing Detailed Project Reports (DPR) and detailed estimates for an additional 6000 RKm.

Presently, there are three Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who are approved for Kavach. Efforts are being made to develop more vendors to enhance capacity and scale up the implementation of Kavach.

Main Features of Kavach:

● Prevention of Trains / Locomotives Passing Signal at Danger (SPAD)

● Continuous update of Movement Authority with display of signal aspects in Driver Machine Interface (DMI) / Loco Pilot operation cum Indication Panel (LPOCIP)

● Automatic Braking for Prevention of Over Speeding

● Auto-Whistling while approaching Level Crossing Gates

● Prevention of collision between two Locomotives equipped with functional KAVACH

● SoS Messages during emergency situations

● Centralized live monitoring of Train movements through Network Monitor System

Also Read:- Powering the Rails: Karnataka surges with 74% Railway Route Electrification

Solapur Tirupati Weekly Special via Bidar, Kalaburagi and Raichur to have an extended run 


The Central Railway has notified to extend the periodicity of the Solapur-Tirupati weekly special train via Bidar, Kalaburagi, Yadgir and Raichuru. 

The Solapur-Tirupati Weekly Special, will see a total of 18 additional trips as part of this periodicity extension. Train No. 01437, originally scheduled to conclude its service on July 27, 2023, will now continue its journey from August 3, 2023, to September 28, 2023.

Similarly, Train No. 01438, which was initially set to halt operations on July 28, 2023, will operate between August 4, 2023, and September 29, 2023. This periodicity extension addresses the increased demand expected during the festival season and also provides connectivity from Bidar region.

To book the extended periodicity special trains, reservations are open and can be made through all Computerised Reservation Centres as well as the official Indian Railways website,

Passengers can go through the train schedule, stoppage timings through the official Indian Railways inquiry website,, or by downloading the National Train Enquiry System (NTES) app.

Press Release by CR

Also Read:- Missing ROBs on Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway Service Lanes to be constructed

Missing ROBs on Mysuru Bengaluru Highway Service Lanes to be Constructed

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has prohibited the movement of 2/3-wheelers on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Access Controlled Highway starting from August 1, 2023. This decision was taken to enhance safety on the high-speed corridor, which has speed limits varying from 80 to 100 km/hr for motor vehicles.

To accommodate 2/3-wheelers, a toll-free seven-meter wide, two-lane service road is available on both sides of the Access Controlled Highway. This service road is separate from the main highway and allows slower-moving vehicles to travel safely without hindering the high-speed vehicles.

Currently, there are three gaps on the Service Road due to Railway Over Bridges (ROBs) at Bididi, Ramanagara & Channapatna, and Mandya. However, 2/3-wheelers can still use the old Mysuru Road to travel through these gaps and access the Service Road again on the other side.

Mysuru Bengaluru Highway
Mysuru Bengaluru Highway

To make the Service Road continuous along the entire 118 km length of the Access Controlled Highway, NHAI has plans to construct three ROBs on the Service Road at the existing gaps mentioned above. This will ensure a seamless and safe journey for 2/3-wheelers using the Service Road.

In addition to constructing ROBs, NHAI will also work on improving the bypassed portion of the old Mysuru Bengaluru road to enhance connectivity and convenience for commuters.

Also Read:- At grade Rotaries, Flyover and Ramps to mitigate NH-275 Mysuru Outer Ring Rroad Junction Traffic woes

Karnataka Government Collaborates with Foxconn for Rs. 5,000 Crore Ambitious Projects


Karnataka eyeing top position in Tech Manufacturing

In a significant stride towards bolstering its position as a hub for technological innovation and manufacturing, the Karnataka Government has inked a promising Letter of Intent (LOI) with Foxconn, a global leader in electronics manufacturing, paving the way for two groundbreaking projects. This collaboration comes as an addition to the ongoing Rs. 14,000 crore iPhone Manufacturing project that has already been contributing to the state’s economy and employment landscape.

MOU for Electronic Manufacturing projects

The Karnataka government representatives met the CEO and Chairman of Foxconn, Mr. Young Liu had a detailed discussion about the spectrum of potential projects that could be undertaken within the state, underscoring Foxconn’s commitment to investing in Karnataka’s burgeoning industrial ecosystem. Foxconn is firing from all cylinders to set up and expand its electronic footprint in India. They need cooperation from states to run their business without any glitches. 

 Lots of jobs for local talent

One of the standout ventures to emerge from this engagement is the Phone Enclosure Project, set to be executed under the banner of Foxconn subsidiary, Foxconn India Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (FII). The project is poised to infuse a substantial investment of Rs. 3,000 crores, a testament to Foxconn’s confidence in Karnataka’s infrastructure and workforce. This endeavor will generate job prospects for approximately 12,000 individuals. 


Furthermore, the collaboration between Foxconn and renowned semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials has set the stage for a remarkable venture in the realm of cutting-edge technology. With an estimated investment of Rs. 2,000 crores, this semicon equipment project holds the promise of not only advancing technological capabilities but also contributing to the state’s industrial growth. Alongside the technological strides, this project is expected to be a catalyst for generating employment opportunities, potentially benefiting around 1000 people.

the Karnataka Government’s partnership with Foxconn through the recently signed Letter of Intent heralds a new era of collaboration and growth.  India is a population problem and the majority of our population is youth. Youth unemployment OR underemployment is the bane of our society. Projects like these will create decently-paid jobs for both men and women, which has the potential to propel India’s GDP to 10 USD trillion in 2030.

Bengaluru to house IBC Ventures’ Rs 8,000 Crore Battery Manufacturing complex 


News in brief

The Indian arm of the USA based International Battery Company (IBC Ventures) signed an MOU with Karnataka governement to invest Rs. 8000 Crores ($971.89 million) to manufacture Lithium Ion batteries in an state-of-the-art plant on an 100 acres plot near Bengaluru. 

News in detail

In a significant stride towards bolstering India’s position in the global electric vehicle (EV) market, the International Battery Company (IBC) has embarked on a groundbreaking venture. The company recently inked a momentous investment agreement with the Karnataka government, outlining an impressive commitment of Rs 8,000 crore ($971.89 million) for the establishment of a state-of-the-art battery manufacturing facility.

The monumental pact, which garnered attention after being shared by the Minister for Commerce & Industries, Infrastructure, MB Patil in a social media post on Tuesday evening, marks a pivotal milestone in the country’s pursuit of clean and sustainable energy solutions. With this strategic move, IBC is set to play a pivotal role in shaping India’s green future.

Karnataka and TamilNadu are fast becoming EV hubs

The upcoming battery manufacturing plant near Bengaluru and OLA’s ongoing work towards establishment of LI Ion battery are poised to be a game-changer in the entire southern region. IBC Ventures’ unit is coming up at a sprawling expanse of 100 acres, the facility’s sheer scale signifies the magnitude of IBC’s ambition. The southern region has the highest concentration of talent within India. So, it’s oblivious Karnataka was chosen for the plant.

Employment galore 

The move is poised to stimulate employment opportunities, foster technological innovation, and strengthen India’s position in the global EV supply chain. Beyond the immediate economic benefits, the venture aligns seamlessly with the Indian government’s vision of transitioning to electric mobility and reducing the nation’s carbon footprint. The battery manufacturing plant is poised to catalyze the adoption of electric vehicles, contributing significantly to India’s efforts in combating air pollution and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Public private Partnership (PPP) is the way forward

As the world embraces cleaner and greener transportation solutions, IBC’s venture in Karnataka serves as a testament to the power of strategic partnerships between the private sector and government entities. The substantial investment underscores IBC’s confidence in India’s growth trajectory and its commitment to being a cornerstone of the country’s electric revolution.


The International Battery Company’s Rs 8,000 crore investment to establish a battery manufacturing plant in Karnataka heralds a new chapter in India’s journey towards sustainable transportation. India is in a race to replace petroleum guzzling Internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with environment friendly Electric vehicles  and Hydrogen powered OR Fuel cell driven vehicles.

Onam special trains between Kochuveli and Bengaluru


Southern Railway has announced the operation of Weekly Onam special trains between Kochuveli and Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal Bengaluru to accommodate the increased passenger demand during the festive season. Here are the details of the special trains:

Train No. 06083: Kochuveli to Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal Bengaluru Weekly Onam Special Express

  • Departure: 06:05 PM from Kochuveli on Tuesdays (22nd August 2023, 29th August 2023, 5th September 2023)
  • Arrival: 10:55 AM at Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal Bengaluru on the following day
  • Enroute Stations: Kollam, Kayankulam, Mavelikara, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Chenganseri, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Pothanur, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Bangarapet, Krishnarajapuram

Train No. 06084: Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal Bengaluru to Kochuveli Weekly Onam Special Express

  • Departure: 12:45 PM from Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal Bengaluru on Wednesdays (23rd August 2023, 30th August 2023, 6th September 2023)
  • Arrival: 6:00 AM at Kochuveli on the next day
  • Enroute Stations: Krishnarajapuram, Bangarapet, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Pothanur, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Chenganseri, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Mavelikara, Kayankulam, Kollam

Composition of the Special Train:

  • 16 AC Three-tier Sleeper Garib Rath coaches
  • 2 Second Class Sleeper coaches
  • 2 Brake-Van, Luggage cum Generator Car

Fare: The fare for Onam special trains will be charged at 1.3 times the regular fare.

Press Release by SWR

Cycle Agarbattis: The brand which brought premium-ness to Incense sticks – 2

How the brand was built Ground up – part 2


In the previous episode, we read about the origins of the Cycle brand of agarbattis. We have seen how in the year 1948, the patriarch ‘N Ranga Rao’ founded his business, and how he and his family grew it into a successful enterprise selling their Agarbattis, fragrances, etc across India and the world. In this part, we briefly look into the strategies they adopted to grow their business into a multi-product conglomerate. 

Business strategies

Any business can only grow if the right STRATEGIES are in place. There should also be a BLUEPRINT ready to execute them. It is critically important to crack the following 5 first.

  • Top quality products – Companies can only survive in the competitive market if their products are of standard quality. To sell in the market, the products need to be of top-notch quality, or else consumers will reject them.
  • Product pricing – The pricing of the product should be right and based on the product quality and utility factor.
  • Product promotion – People should know about the product, which calls for effective product promotion or marketing.
  • Product accessibility – The product should be easily available to people.
  • Market research – Through regular market research it is important to know what customer wants and their preferences.
  • Product innovation – The product should be on par with the latest trends. For this to happen, companies have to invest in R&D and innovation. 
Cycle Agarbattis
Cycle Agarbattis

How did Cycle brand Agarbattis conquer the market? 

Quality: Agarbatti making has been a cottage industry for ages. The late N Ranga Rao, the founder of the Cycle brand Agarbattis, noticed that the industry was mostly unorganized, and hence there was no product standardization. That means, the quality of the products available at those times was varying – some were good and some were very bad. The first thing Mr. Ranga Rao did through his company was to fix the quality issues by using the best ingredients available at that time. He used product standardization techniques to bring uniformity across products. 

Pricing – With the usage of the best ingredients, the price of Cycle brand Agarbattis went high. A marketing blitzkrieg was set in introducing the products to people with the narration that Cycle brand agarbattis are pure, so are best for “POOJAS and PRAYERS” because they can induce an atmosphere of divinity.   This made sense to the customers and they lapped up the products.

Accessibility – The founders of Cycle brand Agarbattis used the best distribution network to distribute their wares across India and made sure their products are easily available across India.

Market research – The founders did extensive market research to know what customers “do not want” and what do they “want”. With this, they could come out only with those products that customers want. 

Innovation – One thing the customers did not want was too much smoke coming out of burning incense sticks, a strong smell, and frequent extinguishment. The R&D team came out with such incense sticks that burn evenly till the end, with little smoke releasing the sweet & light smell.  This was well accepted by the customers.

Product promotion – The founders understood product promotion from the beginning itself and aggressively engaged professional agencies to promote their products through advertisements. They branded their product as an “indulgence” and was built by relentless focus on a narrative (prayer is useful for every occasion). With people treating cricket as their second religion in this country, they were encouraged to use Agarbattis to pray for winning. Price being almost the same in a commoditized category, consumers will prefer the brand they have heard enough,” says Jessie Paul, founder, and CEO of Paul Writer Strategic Advisory, a market services and advisory company.

Cycle Agarbattis
Cycle Agarbattis


Cycle brand is the only certified carbon-neutral brand in its category, and its library has around 500 fragrances. In 2015, as part of its pan-India expansion plans, the brand roped in Amitabh Bachchan, cricketer Sourav Ganguly and actor Ramesh Aravind as brand ambassadors. A memorable ‘India Prays with Cycle’ campaign was set rolling since then. In 2017, the company re-engaged the media company “OMD MudraMax” to take care of advertisements and media management for the entire NR Group of companies. Cycle brand Agarbattis is a part of that group. 

Cricket: The brand is also known for its long-standing support for cricket and owns the Mysuru Warriors franchise in the Karnataka Premier League. Actively involved in sponsorships, Cycle Incense was the title sponsor of the Sri Lanka Vs South Africa Series in 2021. 

Market capture: With aggressive marketing and product promotions, the brand has a 15% market share of the all-India market size of Rs. 7000 Crores. They sell 12 billion sticks with a revenue of Rs. 1000 crores. Cycle Agarbattis today exports to 65 countries, wafting Indian fragrances across the world.

Best places to work

NRRS group, the maker of NRRS, makers of Cycle Pure Agarbathi, ranked among the top 50 Great Places to Work. That endorses the quality of leadership at the helm leading the business from the front. This is the outcome when the leadership goes behind excellence. News can be read here


Though there are many agarbatti-making companies in India, why none grew to the extent of the Cycle brand? The answer lies in the low level of ambition of the founders. When ambition gels with passion, the outcome will be another Cycle brand OR may be more. 

In the next concluding part, we shall look into other group companies.

Also Read:- The story of GI tagged Mysuru Sandalwood Oil- the worlds most sought after natural fragrance oil part-1

Bengaluru-Hyderabad Vande Bharat Express by August 15?


The impending launch of the Bengaluru-Hyderabad Vande Bharat Express marks a momentous development in the realm of rail transportation in India. According to reliable sources, the train is scheduled to commence operations by August 15, catering to the travel needs of commuters between the vibrant cities of Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

The train is expected to be operated by the South Central Railway, the Bengaluru-Hyderabad Vande Bharat Express is anticipated to traverse the route via the Kurnool station and Dhone Junction linking two major metropolitan hubs in the region.

The train’s schedule is expected to have a morning departure from the Hyderabad area and thereby reach the Bengaluru area in the afternoon. The return journey will be in the afternoon from the Bengaluru area, ensuring a nighttime arrival back in the Hyderabad area. This schedule is expected to appeal to both business and leisure travelers seeking efficient transportation options.

The expected introduction of the Bengaluru-Hyderabad Vande Bharat Express signifies a significant stride towards augmenting rail connectivity and alleviating the burden on alternative modes of transport between these cities. By offering a seamless and expeditious travel experience. 

With the addition of this Vande Bharat express train service to its fleet, Indian Railways is poised to revolutionize travel between Bengaluru and Hyderabad. As a result, commuters can look forward to a more comfortable, efficient, and time-saving journey.

Also Read: Mysuru MP suggests Doubling of Mysuru-Ashokapuram and Realignment near Mysore Airport

Mysuru MP Requests Extension of Train No. 16585/86 to Karwar from Mangaluru Central


Mysuru MP, Shri Pratap Simha, has made a compelling request to the Railway Minister, Shri Ashwini Vaishnav, urging the extension of Train No. 16585/86 from Mangaluru Central (MAQ) to Karwar (KAWR) with additional coaches. The proposed extension aims to enhance connectivity between Mysore and various significant destinations in the coastal region, encompassing pilgrimage sites, tourist hotspots, trading centers, and renowned educational institutions.

The memo presented by the MP emphasized the importance of the railway connection in linking Mysuru to the coastal region, encompassing vital educational centers like Mangaluru and Manipal. Additionally, the revered pilgrimage centers of Subhramanya, Udupi, Byndoor-Mookambika, Murdeshwara, and Gokarna would also be seamlessly accessible through this extension.

Drawing attention to the existing tri-weekly flight between Mysuru and Goa, the MP highlighted the feasibility and potential of extending the train service to Karwar, which is situated only 60 KM from Madagon in Goa. This extension would open up new travel options for the rail users from districts such as Ramanagara, Mandya, Mysuru, and Hassan, while also benefiting nearby districts and towns like Chamarajnagar, Puttur, Bantwal, and Kodagu.

One of the key benefits of this proposed train extension is the convenience it would offer to senior citizens, women, and children who often find road travel through ghat sections challenging. Train journeys are widely recognized for their safety and affordability, making them a preferred mode of travel for many passengers.

The MP expressed his confidence and hope for positive and affirmative action from the Railway Ministry to materialize this significant enhancement of rail connectivity. With the extension of Train No. 16585/86 to Karwar and the subsequent increase in its frequency from 6 days to daily, the people of the region can look forward to improved travel options and better accessibility to the coastal destinations.

Also read: Name Mysuru-Chennai Intercity express as “Nandi Express”: MP Pratap Simha

Mysuru MP suggests Doubling of Mysuru-Ashokapuram and Realignment near Mysore Airport


MP Pratap Simha has urged the Railway Minister Shri Ashwani Vaishnav for taking up doubling between Mysuru Jn and Ashokapuram as well as the realignment of Mysuru-Chamarajanagar railway line near Mysore Airport.

Doubling between Mysuru Jn – Ashokapuram Railway Station

With the yard remodelling works of Ashokapuram railway station nearing completion it is certain to emerge as the next terminal for Mysuru city. Important infrastructure works like addition of two new platforms & stabling lines are being executed. Additional infrastructure would lead to increased train traffic to the station putting strain on the existing single track between Mysuru Junction & Ashokapuram. To cater to the future increase in traffic a proposal to double the track between the two stations has been put forth by the MP. 

Realignment of Mysuru – Chamarajanagar Railway Line near Mysore Airport

Another important issue that was discussed was the delay in the installation of Overhead electrification(OHE) on a 900 Meters railway stretch running close to the Airport limits. Citing the aircraft safety concerns caused due to the electromagnetic interference of airport radar signals in the presence of OHE, the AAI has not accorded No Objection Certificate for the railways to proceed with the works. 

As a way forward, MP has suggested the REALIGNMENT of the affected section of the railway track to a safe distance from the airport’s radar coverage area. thereby ensuring SAFE operations of both the railway line and the Mysore Airport. 

Also Read: MP Pratap Simha bats for introduction of weekly Mysuru Rameshwaram Express

Name Mysuru-Chennai Intercity Express as “Nandi Express”: MP Pratap Simha


Reinstating the “Nandi Express” name to the present 12609/10 Mysuru-Chennai Intercity Express

The Nandi Express was a prominent train that was operated by Indian Railways during the meter gauge era between Mysuru and Bengaluru.

After the railway track between Mysuru and Bengaluru was converted to broad gauge, the train was not reintroduced.

The discontinuation of the train “Nandi Express” has left many disheartened, and there is a yearning for a connection to the glorious past of our railway heritage through the train by name “Nandi Express”. 

Given the emotional significance and historical value of the meter gauge era, Shri MP Pratap Simha has urged the Railway Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw to reinstate the original name to the present 12609/10 Mysuru-Chennai Intercity Express as “Nandi Express”.

Also Read: Railways initiate expansion of Mysuru Railway Station at Rs 346 Crores

MP Pratap Simha bats for Introduction of Weekly Mysuru Rameshwaram Express


The connectivity of various regions across the nation plays a vital role in fostering economic growth, cultural exchange, and national integration. In this context, MP Pratap Simha has meet Railway Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw and advocated for the introduction of a weekly Mysuru Rameshwaram Express train.

This new rail connection would not only facilitate enhanced travel options but also boost tourism and pilgrimage activities between the two destinations.

To achieve this, he proposes the efficient utilisation of the idle rake of the 22687/88 Mysuru – Varanasi Superfast Express by deploying this idle rake to Rameshwaram every week, thereby optimising existing resources. 

The rail route will traverse through several important towns and cities of Karnataka and Tamilnadu, providing a much-needed means of transportation for the people residing along this corridor.

Additionally, Rameshwaram holds immense religious and spiritual importance for devotees, and a direct train connection from Mysuru via Bengaluru would facilitate their pilgrimage, promoting religious tourism.

Also Read:- New Standard Signages to be used at Indian Railways Station

NHAI to construct Maski and Sindhanur Bypasses on NH150A 

Karnataka, India – In a bid to enhance transportation infrastructure and alleviate traffic congestion, the NHAI has undertaken a significant development project on National Highway 150A (NH-150A). The project encompasses the construction of Maski and Sindhanur Bypasses, with a focus on strengthening and widening the existing sections to a 2-lane carriageway with paved shoulders.

Enhanced Connectivity for Karnataka

The proposed Maski Bypass will span from the existing Km 144.220 to Km 151.755 on NH-150A, providing crucial connectivity between roads leading to Antaragangi through SH-14, Venkatapur, Parapura via Major District Roads (MDRs), and other key routes. This bypass is expected to streamline traffic flow and reduce travel time for commuters and cargo carriers in the region.

Maski and Sindhanur Bypasses
Maski and Sindhanur Bypasses

Similarly, the Sindhanur Bypass will stretch from the existing Km 168.370 to Km 180.800 on NH-150A, facilitating smoother access to various destinations, including Pothnal via SH-23, Tawargeri through SH-30, Karataggi via SH-23, and other villages connected by MDRs and additional roads. This bypass is anticipated to decongest the busy routes and promote seamless transportation.

Traffic Volume Projections

Traffic volume is a critical aspect considered in any roadway development project. Based on classified traffic volume count surveys conducted for the project road, the base year (2022) average annual daily classified commercial traffic volume (CVPD) for the Maski section is 881 vehicles, while the Sindhanur section records 1032 vehicles. These figures emphasize the necessity of infrastructure improvements to accommodate the increasing traffic demands.

Project Costs and Scope

The NHAI has allocated a total budget of Rs. 482.48 crores for the comprehensive NH-150A development project. Out of this, an estimated Rs. 276.43 crores have been earmarked for the civil cost associated with constructing the Maski and Sindhanur Bypasses. Works are to be completed within 730 days from the date of award of work.

Maski and Sindhanur Bypasses
Maski and Sindhanur Bypasses

The project’s primary objective is to strengthen and widen the bypasses, elevating them to a 2-lane carriageway with paved shoulders. 

The upgraded roadways will enhance safety and efficiency, contributing to economic growth and ease of travel for both residents and businesses in the region.

Also Read:- Railways to construct new Railway line between Sindhanur and Hirekotagal

Shivamogga Bengaluru Flight from 31 August


In a significant boost to regional connectivity, IndiGo, one of India’s leading airlines, has recently started bookings for daily non-stop Shivamogga Bengaluru Flight. The bookings are open for the journey staring from 31st August 2023. This strategic move is set to revolutionise travel options for passengers, unlocking new opportunities for economic growth and tourism in the Malnad region.

Flight Schedule 

Bengaluru: 09:50hrs >> Shivamogga: 11:05hrs

Shivamogga: 11:25hrs >> Bengaluru: 12:25hrs

Air Connectivity for Shivamogga

Shivamogga Airport was a greenfield airport project being developed and operated by the Karnataka Government. The airport was planned to serve the city of Shivamogga and its surrounding regions, providing better air connectivity and boosting economic development in the area.

Shivamogga, nestled amidst the Western Ghats in Karnataka, has long been known for its historical significance, natural beauty, and cultural heritage. Despite being a prominent city, it faced certain challenges in terms of transportation, particularly air connectivity. The introduction of daily non-stop flights by IndiGo is a game-changer for the region, linking it directly to the state’s capital city, Bengaluru.

Shivamogga Airport
Display Minature Model of during Shivamogga Airport Inaugural

Boost to Tourism 

Shivamogga has always been a gem for tourists, with its enchanting landscapes, ancient temples, and wildlife sanctuaries. However, the lack of easy air access limited its tourism potential. With IndiGo’s daily non-stop Shivamogga Bengaluru Flight, the city becomes more accessible to domestic and international travelers, Visitors can now explore Shivamogga’s rich heritage and natural wonders with greater ease, making it an appealing destination for travel enthusiasts.

The commencement of daily non-stop flights between Shivamogga and Bengaluru by IndiGo marks a momentous occasion in the realm of regional air connectivity. It opens up a world of opportunities for the city’s residents, businesses, and tourists, propelling Shivamogga towards a path of progress. As this new flight services are about to takes off, it is sure to leave a lasting impact on the region’s economy and tourism sector, fostering growth and development for years to come.

Also read:- Railways to construct a new Railway line between Shivamogga and Shikaripura

Cycle Agarbattis: The brand which brought premium-ness to Incense sticks

How the brand was built – part 1


This is a brief story of the brand that saw its humble beginnings in 1948, and its tumultuous journey to become an INR 1000 crores brand today. With a well-established distribution network across India and overseas, Cycle Agarbattis brand products are easily accessible products to people, and it’s a phenomenal accomplishment. This story is narrated in 3 parts, part 1 talks more about origins.


What is olfactory got to do with our lives? – everything.  Our moods and their swings have a direct connection to the olfactory. 

If there is a fragrance for uplifting our mood toward divinity, the aromas of food can salivate and induce hunger in us. Similarly, when smelled, some perfumes can make us feel romantic. Likewise, some other scents can make us feel fresh and hygienic when sprayed on the body. 

Our ancestors knew about it and used incense sticks for various occasions. The fragrances used on the incense sticks were distilled using flowers, herbs, shrubs, nuts, and fruits. 

Cycle Agarbattis
Cycle Agarbattis

Birth of Cycle brand of Agarbattis in Mysuru

The Agarbatti industry was mostly small family-owned firms and the agarbattis were widely used across India in the 1940s during poojas and other holy rituals. The late N Ranga Rao spotted an opportunity to tap. He started creating fragrances that are used in the making of Agarbattis. He used to travel across Mysuru city on cycle for selling his wares to various manufacturers. Within a year he realized that to be successful in this business he needed three key things – A differentiated product, a brand, and access to the market. That was how “Cycle Agarbattis” was born in the Royal city of Mysuru. 

Cycle Agarbattis
Cycle Agarbattis

Birth of Perfumery

For the sake of simplicity and acceptability across regions, “cycle” was kept as the brand logo. “Products with a difference” means he had to be creative and innovative in his products. This necessitated the creation of new fragrances and for that, Ranga Rao immediately set up a perfumery lab in Mysuru in the year 1950. And because he was a voracious reader, he got a lot of international books and trained himself to be a perfumer. Later his son, NR Murthy joined the bandwagon and got officially trained to be a perfumer.  He created several unique fragrances that gave a big boost to the Cycle Agarbattis brand. 

A brand with 500 unique fragrances

The Cycle Agarbattis brand has a collection of over 500 fragrances, all of which are created and blended in-house. Over the last 75 years, the brand reached the numero-uno position in India due to strict adherence to quality and aggressive marketing strategies. 

Agarbattis, have been deeply rooted in Indian culture for millennia. They are an integral part of various religious rituals, meditations, and spiritual practices. The soothing scent emanating from an agarbatti stick is believed to purify the ambiance, inducing a sense of tranquillity and divinity.

Cycle Agarbattis
Cycle Agarbattis

Cycle Agarbattis brand is best for poojas

Cycle Agarbattis Brand offers the best product at a premium for poojas and other religious ceremonies. It was an instant click because, most people would want to offer the best for their Gods, so a slight price premium was acceptable to them. 

The marketing team relentlessly set the narrative that when it came to religious offerings, Cycle brand agarbattis are the best, and it was wholeheartedly lapped up by the customers.

The Cycle Agarbattis Product Range

Cycle Agarbattis Brand boasts a wide range of fragrances, catering to the diverse preferences consumer base. The brand offers more than 20 unique collections of incense sticks that include the following 

  • Popular Heritage, 
  • Woods, Three in One, 
  • Lia, 
  • Good Luck range. 

Each of these collections has a unique set of fragrances and packaging, catering to various moods and occasions.

For example, their Heritage collection represents traditional Indian fragrances, crafted with ingredients like sandalwood, rose, and jasmine. The Woods range has a collection of earthy scents that echo the grandeur of nature. The brand’s offerings go beyond traditional agarbattis as they have diversified into other fragrant products like Dhoop, Fragrance, and Speciality Fragrances.

Cycle Agarbattis
Cycle Agarbattis


The founder N Ranga Rao strongly believed in touching the peoples’ emotions through light, sweet-smelling, soul-uplifting agarbattis for religious offerings. 

In a way, he was trying to bring thoughts of divinity through his products. The man had set high goals for himself and sold his dream to his sons. He brought them to his turf, thus making them work shoulder-to-shoulder with him. While working as a team, he and his sons went through good and bad times together and eventually turned a small agarbatti startup into a multi-product, multi-national conglomerate. 

The company sold 12 billion agarbattis in 2020 by clocking a turnover of Rs. 1000 Crores.

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NHAI to four-lane Belur to Hassan Section

Earlier this year Centre Government had approved the budget for the  widening of Belur to Hassan section of National Highway-373 in Karnataka. In this regard, NHAI has initiated the bidding process to take up the civil works.

About the Project 

The project involves widening the Belur to Hassan section of National Highway-373 in Karnataka from Design Chainage Km. 27.780 (SH Chainage Km. 459.500) to Km. 57.320 (SH Chainage Km. 489.040) to create a four-lane road with paved shoulders.

It will be executed under the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) mode as part of the NH(O) Annual Plan 2022-23 (Package-II).

Work Details

The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 484.08 Crore, which includes expenses related to Goods and Services Tax (GST) and utility shifting.

The construction period for the project is set to span 24 months, during which the primary construction work will be executed to widen the road and add paved shoulders.

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Following the completion of the construction phase, there will be a maintenance period of 5 years, during which the newly widened road with its added features will be carefully maintained and monitored to ensure its optimal performance & safety.  

Employing the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) model, the designated contractor will assume end-to-end responsibility, spanning from design to construction, which is expected to streamline project implementation and ensure adherence to strict timelines.

Boost to local economy 

By optimizing the carriageway dimensions and integrating well-engineered paved shoulders, the project aims to augment road resilience and bolster safety standards for users.

This strategic upgrade holds the potential to augment regional connectivity and facilitate seamless intercity and intracity travel, stimulating commercial activities, supporting tourism and bolstering overall economic growth in the area.

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BMTC unveils non-AC Electric Buses

In a groundbreaking move towards sustainable public transportation, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has unveiled its prototype non-AC, Low Floor Electric Buses. Earlier BMTC announced its plan to induct 921 numbers of non AC electric buses under FAME II. 

The first prototype non-AC TATA electric bus was inaugurated by Ramalinga Reddy, Minister of Transport and Muzarai, Government of Karnataka.

These non-AC Electric buses are of 12.0 meters long with Low Floor 400mm of height. The bus has a seating capacity of 25 passengers with easy entry and exit and the Charing will take around 45 minutes for each bus.

This initiative marks a significant step forward in addressing the growing concerns over air pollution and climate change, as well as enhancing the overall commuting experience and providing economic services for the residents of Bengaluru.

Route and Depots Identified

10 Depots are identified for these electric buses namely, Shanthinagar, Jayanagar, Hennur, Deepanjalinagara, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Penny 2nd Stage, Jigani, K R Pura, Seegehalli, Hosakote.

BMTC runs these buses on route number 96-A on a trial basis. 96-A Route covers Kempegowda Bus Stand, Sujata Talkies, Industrial Town, Rajajinagar, Havanur CIrcle, Modi Hospital, Harishchandra Ghat, Central, Kempegowda Bus Stand.

BMTC Electric Bus
BMTC Electric Bus

Electric Buses under the FAME-II Scheme

The Government of India introduced the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country. FAME II was the second phase of this scheme, which aimed to encourage the use of electric buses for public transportation.

Under the FAME II scheme, the government proposed a Gross Cost Contract (GCC) model for the deployment of electric buses in various cities including Bengaluru. In this model, the government would bear a significant portion of the capital cost of electric buses while also providing financial incentives to the state transport departments or city transport authorities.

India’s Solar Park Scheme: Significant Progress and Karnataka’s Leading Role

The Government of India has taken significant strides towards promoting renewable energy through its “Development of Solar Park and Ultra Mega Power Projects” scheme. This initiative aims to establish 50 Solar Parks with a combined capacity of 37,990 MW across 12 states in the country.

As of now, considerable progress has been made, with 11 Solar Parks, having a total capacity of 8,521 MW, successfully completed, and 7 Solar Parks with a combined capacity of 3,985 MW partially completed. Notably, these parks have led to the development of solar projects with a remarkable aggregate capacity of 10,237 MW, showcasing the nation’s dedication to green and sustainable energy solutions.

Karnataka Leads the Way:

Among all the states, Karnataka has emerged as a frontrunner in embracing solar power. The state has been sanctioned a substantial capacity of 2,500 MW under the Solar Park Scheme. Impressively, Karnataka has already installed 2,000 MW of this sanctioned capacity, reflecting its strong commitment to adopting clean and sustainable energy sources.

Highest Realization Rate:

Karnataka’s success story continues as it boasts the highest realization rate among all 12 states benefiting from the scheme. With an impressive realization rate of 80%, Karnataka’s efficient implementation stands as an example for others to follow in harnessing solar power effectively.

Future Prospects:

The Solar Park Scheme remains active with an ongoing timeline up to 31st March 2026. As the Government continues its support, India’s solar power infrastructure is set to grow further, ushering in a cleaner and greener future for the nation. By leveraging the potential of solar energy, India aims to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainable development.

In conclusion, India’s Solar Park Scheme has made remarkable progress in driving the adoption of renewable energy across the country. The completion of 11 Solar Parks and partial completion of 7 others signifies the Government’s commitment to promoting a greener and more sustainable energy landscape.

Pavagada Solar Park, Karnataka
Pavagada Solar Park, Karnataka

Karnataka’s exceptional performance in realizing its sanctioned capacity highlights its leadership in embracing solar power. With the scheme set to continue for several years, India is on course to achieving its renewable energy goals and securing a cleaner and more sustainable future for generations to come.


Sl.NoStateNumber of ParksSanctioned Capacity (MW)Projects installed so far(MW)
1Andhra Pradesh542003050
7Madhya Pradesh846801000
12Uttar Pradesh73730266

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DIMO Castings opens its State of the Art Manufacturing Plant in Mysuru

Karnataka, India, – DIMO Castings, a leading aluminum High-Pressure Die casting components manufacturer, proudly announces the opening of its new manufacturing plant in Mysuru. Strategically designed to enhance production capabilities, the Mysuru Plant features cutting-edge equipment and in-house processes, making it a significant addition to the company’s operations.

Impressive Manufacturing Setup

The DIMO Castings Mysuru Plant houses an impressive array of 14 Pressure Die Casting machines, with capacities ranging from 180 Ton to 1000 Ton. This extensive setup allows the plant to produce an estimated 6000 metric tons of components annually. By investing in advanced machinery, DIMO aims to meet the increasing demand for high-quality die-cast components in various industries.

DIMO Castings
DIMO Castings

Comprehensive In-House Processes

To ensure a streamlined manufacturing process and maintain stringent quality control, the facility incorporates various in-house processes. These include Powder Coating, Stress Relieving, Leak Testing, Shot Blasting, Buffing, Sub-Assemblies, and Part Washing. Having these processes on-site enables DIMO Castings to optimize production flow and deliver components that meet international standards of excellence.

Advanced Inspection Facilities

Maintaining its commitment to delivering top-notch products, the plant is equipped with a state-of-the-art Inspection Department. This department boasts advanced tools and equipment, such as a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), Surface Tester, Leak Testing Machine, Porosity Tester, Spectro Analyzer, Thermal Camera, Hot Water Test equipment, Coating Thickness Tester, Salt Spray Testing apparatus, Hardness Tester, and Profile Projector, among others. Rigorous inspection procedures ensure that each component adheres to specifications and meets the highest quality standards.

Serving Prominent Clients

DIMO Castings has garnered a reputation for supplying superior components to various industries. Some of its notable clients include TVS Motors, Royal Enfield, Shin Dengen, TieIndia, Ultravoilette Automotive, Bombay Metrics, TVS Sundaram-Clayton, HiKOKI, AMPERE by Greaves, and Simple energy. The company’s commitment to excellence has earned it trust and loyalty from renowned brands.

Supporting Key Industries

Established in 1985, DIMO Castings has been steadfast in providing the automotive and electronics industries with exceptional quality products. The company caters to multiple sectors, including two-wheelers (both IC and EVs), three-wheelers, four-wheelers, electronic panels with PCB boards, and lighting solutions. Its diverse product range encompasses critical components used in vehicles and electronic panels, such as Cylinder Blocks, Gear Cases, Clutch Covers, Magneto Covers, Transmission Housings, and more.

A Steadfast Commitment to Quality

DIMO Castings’ vision revolves around delivering world-class quality products that offer excellent value for money. The new Mysuru Plant stands as a testament to the company’s dedication to advancing manufacturing capabilities, maintaining product excellence, and supporting the growth and development of its client industries.

Location: DIMO Castings Pvt. Ltd. Plot No. 140, Adakanahalli Industrial Area, Nanjangud Taluk, Mysore District – 571302, Karnataka, INDIA

In conclusion, DIMO Castings’ new manufacturing plant in Mysuru represents a significant milestone in the company’s journey of providing top-quality die-cast components to various industries. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, comprehensive in-house processes, and advanced inspection facilities, the company is poised to continue its mission of delivering excellence in the automotive and electronics sectors.

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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary: A Birdwatcher’s Paradise


One of the two places that nature lovers and admirers of animal/ bird kingdoms must visit is Mysuru Zoo. The other place is Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary – where migratory birds from faraway places like Siberia, South America, the ASEAN and other regions come for breeding.  Being on the banks of the Kaveri River, with serene biodiversity of this bird sanctuary hosts a vibrant migratory avian population. 

History in brief

Ranganthittu bird sanctuary comprises six islets formed by the meandering Kaveri River, which acts as a lifeline for the thriving flora and fauna in the region. It was built between AD 1645 and 1648 by the then-king of Mysuru, Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar. The islets formed an important nesting ground for a large variety of birds and is an ecologically sensitive area. In order to preserve the place, in 1940, the then King of Mysuru – Jayachamarajedra urs declared the area around the islets as protected area. The sanctuary is currently maintained by the Forest Department of Karnataka.

Unveiling the Beauty of Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:

Spread across an area of approximately 0.67 square kilometers (165 acres), Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a small but ecologically significant reserve. It was primarily established to provide a haven for migratory birds. The diverse habitats within Ranganathittu, including riverine forests, freshwater marshes, and rocky outcrops, attract an impressive array of bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts.

River Tern | Ranganatitu Bird Sanctuary
River Tern | Pic Courtesy: Mithan B M

Bird birds and birds everywhere

Ranganatittu is home to over 170 species of birds, both resident and migratory. The sanctuary’s fame is primarily attributed to its resident population of painted storks, which nest in large numbers on the island trees during the breeding season. With their vibrant plumage and graceful movements, these elegant birds create a breathtaking spectacle for visitors. Additionally, one can spot a myriad of other avian species, including Asian openbill storks, black-headed ibis, egrets, herons, spoonbills, and many more.

An ideal stop-over for migratory birds

Ranganatittu also serves as an essential stopover for numerous migratory birds that travel vast distances during their annual journeys. From November to February, the bar-headed geese, pelicans, cormorants, and several species of ducks that seek refuge from colder climates, come to Ranganthittu. Watching these migratory marvels in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience, and it offers a glimpse into the wonders of avian migration.

Spot-Billed Pelican | Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Spot-Billed Pelican | Pic Courtesy: Shyam.akirala

Exploring Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary

Visitors to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary can embark on boat safaris that take them on a serene journey through the sanctuary’s waterways. These boat rides offer an up-close and personal encounter with the avian residents, allowing birdwatchers to observe their behavior, feeding patterns, and nesting habits. The boat safaris are conducted by trained guides who provide valuable insights into the sanctuary’s ecology, ensuring an informative and memorable experience for visitors.

Best months to visit

The best seasons for visiting the park are June–November (during the nesting season of the water birds). The best time to watch migratory birds is usually December though it can vary year to year.

How to reach

It is around 18.2 kilometers from Mysuru and tourists can descend on Mysuru via flights, bus and train. One can even travel by own car/ bike to the place.

Ticket fares

Adult – Rs 70/- per Person

Children (5 to 12 years) –Rs 10/- per Person

Foreigners – Rs 400/- per Person

50% Concession on Adult Rate – High School/College Students (Above 12 years age) Study Tour Only – Rs 35/- per Person

25% Concession on Adult Rate – Primary & Higher Primary School Students (Below 12 years age)- Rs 18 /- per Person

50% Concession – for School & College Teachers accompanying Students – Rs 35/- per Person

Parking Fee per Vehicle per Entry:

Vehicle parking charges

Cycle – Rs 5/-

Motor Cycle/Scooter – Rs 15/-

Auto Rickshaw/Tanga – Rs 20/-

Car/Jeep – Rs 50/-

LCV, Mini Bus, Tempo,etc.-Rs 100/-

Bus/Truck – Rs 150/-

Camera Charges:

DSLR/SLR below 200 mm lense – Rs 100/-

DSLR/SLR above 200 mm lense – Rs 500/-

Boating Charges per Person per Trip:

Adult – Rs 70/- per Person

Children – Rs 30/- per Person

Foreigners – Rs 400/- per Person

High School/College Students – 50% of Adult Rate – Rs 35/- per Person

Primary & Higher Students -25% of Adult Rate – Rs 18/- per Person

School & College Teacher accompanying by Students 50% on Adult Rate – Rs 35/- per Person

Special Boating Ride (Per Trip):

Indians – Rs 1500/-

Foreigners – Rs 3000/-

For Photography (Indians) – Rs 1500/-

For Photography (Foreigners) – Rs 3000/-

Note: Only When the Boats are Free, No Charges for Children below 5 years


Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary offers everything that a nature lover, adventure seeker, an avid bird watcher aspires for. With its remarkable avian diversity, picturesque landscapes, and conservation efforts, Ranganathittu has rightfully earned its place as one of India’s most beloved bird sanctuaries. 

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