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Gati Shakti: NHLM Bengaluru MMLP India’s First & Largest

Bengaluru MMLP Poised to Become First and Largest MMLP Implemented in the Country Under the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan

National Highways Logistics Management Ltd (NHLML), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NHAI, has entered into an agreement to develop a Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Bengaluru under the Public Private Partnership (DBFOT) model.

The estimated cost for this project is Rs 1,770 crore. The agreement has been signed among the Government Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Bengaluru MMLP Pvt. Ltd., and Concessionaire SPV, M/s. PATH Bengaluru Logistics Park Pvt. Ltd.

The MMLP will span an area of 400 acres in Muddelinganahalli, located in the Bengaluru rural district of Karnataka. This project will become the first and largest MMLP ever implemented in the country under the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan.

To facilitate seamless logistics movement, the site strategically borders the upcoming KIADB industrial area on the East, the NH 648 (Dabbaspet to Hosur) on the West, the Satellite Town Ring Road on the North, and the Bengaluru–Hubli–Mumbai rail line on the South. Bengaluru MMLP is situated 58 km from Bengaluru Airport. And 48 km from Bengaluru City Railway Station.

Also Read: NHLML to build Multi Modal Logistics Park in Bengaluru

Bengaluru MMLP Development Plan

MMLP will undergo development in three phases, with the first phase projected to complete within two years. Over the 45-year concession period, MMLP shall handle around 30 million metric tonnes (MMT) of cargo. Thus, significantly boosting the industrial zones in the surrounding region, including Bengaluru and Tumkur.

Bengaluru MMLP Pvt. Ltd., is a Government SPV between National Highways Logistics Management Ltd. (NHLML), Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), and Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB).

GATI SHAKTI to enhance Bharat’s Logistics

The development of MMLP represents a pivotal initiative by the Government of India to enhance the country’s freight logistics sector by facilitating efficient intermodal freight movement, reducing overall freight costs and transit times, improving warehousing capabilities, enhancing the tracking and traceability of consignments, and thereby increasing the efficiency of the Indian logistics sector.

Also Read: Safety measures by NHAI on Mysuru Bengaluru Highway

MP Mysuru demands Superfast Tag to Trains and Reduction in Travel Time

In a letter addressed to the 23rd Zonal Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) meeting of the South Western Railway (SWR) in Hubballi, the Member of Parliament (MP) advocated for Superfast tag for few express trains and reduction in the travel time for all Superfast trains operating on the Mysuru – Kengeri – Mysuru route, aiming for a target of 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Despite the completion of the doubling and electrification of the Mysuru-Bengaluru railway line, the railways are yet to extend the advantages of double-electrified infrastructure to passengers, particularly in terms of increasing train speed in this section.

Superfast Tag for Express Services

To enhance the efficiency of train services from Mysuru to various destinations, the Member of Parliament has requested that the railways to upgrade several express services from Mysuru to Superfast status.

The trains putforth for superfast category consideration connects Mysuru with tourist destinations of Northern Parts of Karnataka and major metro cities. Currently, Mysuru lacks air connectivity to the northern interior parts of the state. So trains are the only comfortable option for people. In this situation, it becomes important to have super fast category trains to help the tourists of both the regions. Additionally, MP has sought super-fast category to trains connecting Mysuru with Chennai and Hyderabad. Thousands of youngsters work in these tech cities.

Also Read: MP Pratap Simha advocates Railway Infrastructure at Chamarajanagar

Superfast trains would help cut down travel time and provide an affordable option as compared to the flights or buses, where ticket prices are not regulated.

The following Express Services from Mysuru are being considered for the Superfast category:

Kaveri Express (Train No. 16024/23):

The Kaveri Express, operates between Mysuru and Chennai via Bengaluru, is one of the oldest train routes and the only overnight train to Chennai.

Hampi Express (Train No. 16591/92):

The Hampi Express, connects the UNESCO heritage center to Mysuru. This train plays a crucial role in serving tourists. So, accelerating this train’s speed will benefit both the tourists and regular commuters traveling between Mysuru, Ballari, and Hosapete.

Chennai Express (Train No. 12609/10):

The Chennai Express runs between Mysuru and Chennai. It is presently designated as a superfast train only on the Chennai to Bengaluru segment. The MP is urging for it to be upgraded to a superfast service for the entire journey.

Golgumbaz Express (Train No. 16535/36):

The Golgumbaz Express links UNESCO sites like Badami and Pattadakal, as well as the famous Golgumbaz in Vijayapura, to Mysuru. This train is popular among tourists and regular passengers traveling to Bagalkot and Vijayapura. Very recently train was extended to popular pilgrim destination Pandharpur.

Kacheguda Express (Train No. 12785/86):

The Kacheguda Express, connects Mysuru with Kacheguda in Hyderabad. It currently runs as a superfast train only between Kacheguda and Bengaluru. The MP has requested the entire route to be designated as a superfast service.

Also Read: Murdeshwar Express from September 16

Safety measures by NHAI on Mysuru Bengaluru Highway

NHAI will be implementing additional signages and other road safety features from Km 18.000 to Km 135.304 on the Bengaluru–Nidagatta–Mysuru section of NH-275 Mysuru Bengaluru Highway in the state of Karnataka.

Overspeeding has been a significant issue on the recently opened NH 275 Mysuru Bengaluru highway. To address this concern and ensure safe driving, NHAI has undertaken several measures. It recently prohibited certain types of vehicles on the highway to prevent mixed traffic scenarios that could pose safety risks. 

Foot Over Bridges & Missing ROBs on Mysuru Bengaluru Highway

NHAI will also be constructing 24 foot overbridges at various locations to facilitate the safe passage of pedestrians across the highway. 

Significantly, NHAI will be constructing the missing ROBs on the NH 275 Mysuru Bengaluru Highway Service Lanes. This will ensure that the public traveling on the service roads can seamlessly travel end to end on the service lanes itself without having to pass through the towns. Currently, there are three gaps on the Service Road due to Railway Over Bridges (ROBs) at Bidadi, Ramanagara & Channapatna, and Mandya.

Also Read: Mysuru Outer Ring Road Missing Service Lanes Constructed

Currently, the speed limit on the Mysuru Bengaluru highway varies between 80 km/h to 100 km/h, depending on the specific stretches.

The following measures in the form of signages and features will be implemented:

  • No Parking/No-Standing & No-Stopping Sign Boards.
  • Provision of Shoulder & Median Mounted Speed Limit Sign Boards.
  • Provision of Gantry Speed Limit Sign Boards.
  • Height Limit Sign Boards.
  • Emergency Helpline Number (2400 x 1800mm).
  • Heavy Vehicle Keep Left Sign (2400 x 2400).
  • Provision of SOS Call Box Sign Boards (600 x 900).
  • White Road Studs for all curves under a 2000m radius – along the entire curve length.
  • Two-Wheeler & Auto-Rickshaw Prohibited Sign Boards.
  • THRIE Beam Barrier on Curves with a radius less than 650m on the concave side.
  • Junction Ahead Signboards on Service Roads.
  • Speed Limit Sign Boards on Service Roads.
  • Information Boards.
  • Convex Mirrors.
  • Transverse Bar Markings at All Entry & Exit Locations.
  • Sliding Gate between MCW & SR for Emergency Entry/Exit.

Also Read: Foot Over Bridges to come up on Mysuru Bengaluru Highway

Mysore Dasara: India’s Grand Festival of Victory and Unity


Mysore or Mysuru Dasara – A 10-day extravaganza has been practiced since the Vijayanagara days in the 16th century. This ten-day spectacle is a magnificent festival that showcases the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka and reflects the essence of India’s unity in diversity. 

This article talks briefly about festivities during the Mysuru Dasara and the exciting places to visit. 


The royal city of Mysore or Mysuru has known the world over for many things – Ashtanga Yoga, Mysuru Palace, Mysuru pak, Mysuru sandalwood oil, incense sticks, Mysuru silk sarees, Mysuru railway museum, and last but not least, Mysore Dasara (MD).  Mysuru Dasara is called the Nadahabba (state festival) of Karnataka state. It is the Vijaya Dashami day (the last day of Navaratri) that Mysuru will see the state-sponsored cultural procession. 

Mysuru Dasara Illumination

Navaratri – the Victory of light over dark, good over evil

Navratri is the 9-day festivities during which various forms of the goddess Durga are worshipped commemorating the victory of light over dark. The 10th day, called Vijayadashami day is assumed to be the day in which the Goddess Chamundeshwari (Durga) killed the demon Mahishasura. It is also presumed that the Mahishasura, the demon, was slain by the Goddess Chamudeshwari in Mysuru, hence the name Mysuru for the city. 

Audha puja & Vijayadashami

ಮೈಸೂರು ದಸರಾ ಎಷ್ಟೊಂದು ಸುಂದರ – Iconic song of the 1970 movie “Karulina Kare” beautifully depicts the celebrations during Ayudha Puja. 

Mysore Dasara

Ayudha puja – The ninth day marks puja (reverence) for all household implements, vehicles, and weapons – in the olden days, wars used to be very frequent. They (implements) are worshipped and revered because it is they who make our lives get going. The inner spirit which indwells in every object is worshipped and is termed Ayudha puja.  A glimpse of the ceremonial puja that was performed by the Wadiyars in 2022 is Here

Vijayadashami Procession – The ceremonies culminate with the major procession on Vijayadashmi day which has traditionally been presided over by the kings of Mysuru since the 15th century. The rituals are still being followed to date with only one exception, Goddess Chamundi presides over the procession instead of Mysuru kings.  

The Goddess is placed on a golden mantapa (which is made of  750 kilograms of gold) on the top of a decorated elephant and taken around in the procession. Colorful tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses, and camels form a part of the procession which starts from the Mysore Palace and ends at a place called Bannimantap where the banni tree (Prosopis spicigera) is worshipped. A peek into the 2022 Vijayadashami procession is Here 

The Dasara festivities conclude on the night of Vijayadashami with an event held on the grounds at Bannimantap called Panjina Kavayatthu (torch-light parade).

The Mahabharata connection – According to a legend, the Pandavas of the Mahabharata, hid their weapons on the banni tree during their one-year period of Agnatavasa (living life incognito). Before undertaking any warfare, the kings traditionally worshipped this tree to help them emerge victorious in the war.

Also Read: Mysore Palace: A Beacon of Royal Legacy and Architectural Grandeur

Mysore Dasara

The festivities

Dance & Music show

The 10-day extravaganza involves cultural programs featuring classical music, dance performances, folk arts, and traditional crafts.  Numerous music and dance concerts are held in many auditoriums around Mysuru city. The festival hosts various Renowned artists from across the country performing on various stages, offering a visual and auditory feast to the spectators.

Kusthi spardhe (Wrestling bout)

Another attraction during Dasara is the Kusti Spardhe which attracts wrestlers from all around India. 

Spectacle at Bannimantap

There are events, for example, Daredevil stunts on motorcycles and acrobatics by Indian Military personnel and Police officers, breathtaking fireworks, the laser light show, and Torch-Light-Parade at the Bannimantap stadium, where various groups demonstrate their skills.

Dasara exhibition

Dasara exhibition (DE) has been the talk of the season as it is very colorful, with a lot of entertainment value. Every year, the Dasara exhibition is held on the exhibition grounds opposite the Mysore Palace. 

History of Exhibition

The DE was started by the Maharaja of Mysuru Chamaraja Wodeyar X in 1880 with the ultimate aim of introducing to the subjects of his kingdom the various developments happening around the world. Like developments in Camera technology, writing instruments like pens, pencils, modern paper, photography, print technology, automobiles so on and so forth.

Currently, the task of holding the exhibition is entrusted to the government-owned Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA). This exhibition starts during Navaratri and goes on till December end.

Mysuru Dasara

Entertainment & Info galore 

In the 19th century, there was a need for more avenues for entertainment, so people were eagerly waiting for DE to start. Since its inception, the DE with a play area containing attractions like a Ferris wheel providing real entertainment to the people has been a roaring success. 

Also, the kings since 1880 wanted to tell the people what various government agencies under his kingdom were doing. So, they got various Governmental agencies to set up stalls to signify the achievements and projects that they have undertaken. This was to educate people about governmental works.

Also Read: The all-pleasing Mysuru Rail Museum is a must-visit for everyone

Mysore Dasara flower show

Like Bengaluru, Mysore also organizes her flower show during Dasara. People who love well-bloomed, beautifully curated flowers flock to the show, which takes place at Kuppanna Park. The park displays decorative plants and flowers of various hues and varieties, planted in over 50,000 flower pots.  The Department of Horticulture cultivates those plants and flowers.

Flowers flowers everywhere

During the flower show, the Kuppanna Park premises gets decorated with a variety of flowers including Coxcomb, Celosia, Marigold, French Marigold, Button Chrysanthemum, Daliya, and turnip apart from specially procured plants and flowers from different places in India. 

In the evenings, Kuppanna Park hosts cultural programs enthralling visitors. The kiosks installed at the park can provide information on how to grow flowers at home. Visitors can purchase seeds, manure, fertilizers, and the necessary implements needed for growing flowers.Here is a glimpse of the flower show.

Yuva Dasara

Dasara festivities are not complete without one dedicated to the youth. Youth are our tomorrow and the Dasara should cater to the changing times. Hence, every year during Navaratri there is one cultural festival dedicated to youth. The singers and musicians from different places in India descend and perform gigs in Mysuru. Big MNCs like “Coke Studio” sponsor the event and make the youth relate to Dasara culture.

Mysuru Dasara Illuminations

Mysore Palace’s Dazzling Illuminations

The illumination of the Mysuru Palace and during Dasara is a breathtaking sight to behold. During Dasara, the entire palace complex is adorned with nearly 100,000 light bulbs. This illumination creates a mesmerizing spectacle that attracts tourists from all over the world. 

Mysore Dasara Sports

Dasara festivities are not complete without sports. The Royalty of Mysuru has always been the patron of sports. The first recorded sports in the Mysuru kingdom was in 1805. Since then throughout history, Mysuru has always had connections with sports.  At present Karnataka Sports Ministry organizes Dasara sports at various stadia in and around Mysuru. Following sports competitions are generally held during Dasara, and the winners take away prestigious Mysuru Dasara cups.

  • BOXING  
  • KHO KHO  
  • WUSHU  
  • YOGA  
  • HOCKEY  
  • JUDO  

Ahara Mela (Food festival)

How can the Dasara festivities be complete without eating the food of our choice? Yes, for foodies, the Ahara Melas offer the widest variety of food to gorge on.  The Mela is organized on open grounds to allow visitors to easily come and feast on their favorite food to their hearts’ content. It emphasizes introducing food from villages so that urban India can taste what rural Bharath enjoys.

Interesting place to visit


The beauty of the world-famous Mysuru Dasara is only seen to be believed.  Mysuru has many good hotels, but most of them fill up even a week before the beginning of Navaratri. It’s better to book rooms in advance to ensure a pleasant stay in Mysuru.

Also Read: Brindavan Gardens: A Symphony of Fountains, Lights, and Greenery

REC Limited Sanctions Debt Fund to Serentica for Renewable Project in Karnataka

REC Limited ties up debt funding of Rs. 3081 crore to Serentica for 560 MW greenfield solar-wind project in Gadag, Karnataka

REC Limited has granted debt funding exceeding Rs. 3,081 Crore to the renewable energy company Serentica Renewables for its 560 MW peak greenfield solar-wind hybrid project in Gadag district, Karnataka. The loan documentation has been signed, and the disbursement of funds is currently in progress.

In the state of Karnataka, Serentica is setting up 400 MW of wind and solar capacities. It has already secured connectivity to the inter-state transmission system (ISTS). 

Commitments to COP26 Goals

REC Limited, a Maharatna company, has positioned itself as a leader in facilitating India’s energy transition, in accordance with the nation’s COP26 commitments and recent G20 pledges during India’s G20 Presidency. With a clear vision and unwavering dedication, REC is working towards achieving a green finance loan portfolio of Rs. 3 lakh Crore by the fiscal year 2030.

Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan, CMD of REC Limited, expressed pride in the company’s role at the forefront of India’s sustainable energy future. He stated, “Our partnerships and collaborations exemplify our commitment to aligning with global visions for a cleaner and greener planet. REC envisions itself as the primary financing partner for India’s energy transition, making a substantial contribution to the global mission of ‘one world, one family, one future’ as outlined by the G20.”

As India and the world strive for a cleaner and greener energy landscape, REC’s dedication to promoting green finance initiatives and its significant role in India’s energy transition underscore its commitment to creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

About REC Limited  

REC Limited is a non-banking financial company (NBFC) that focuses on Power Sector Financing and Development throughout India. Established in 1969, REC Ltd. has accumulated over fifty-four years of experience in its field of operations. It offers financial support across the entire power-sector value chain, covering various project types. It includes Generation, Transmission & Distribution, and Renewable Energy. Recently, REC has expanded into the non-power Infrastructure and Logistics sector. It encompasse areas such as airports, metro systems, railways, ports, bridges, and more

Murdeshwar Express from September 16

Starting today, there will be a Murdeshwar Express daily train service.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Railways approved the extension of Train Number 16585/16586, which runs from Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (SMVB) to Mangaluru Central via Mysuru, all the way up to Murdeshwar for the convenience of passengers.

The extension of Train No. 16585/86, operating from Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (SMVB) to Mangaluru Central via Mysuru, to Murudeshwar will be effective from September 16, 2023.

  • Train No. 16585 SMVB Murdeshwar Express, starting from Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (SMVB) on September 16, 2023, will run up to Murdeshwar.
  • Train No. 16586 SMVB Murdeshwar Express, starting from September 17, 2023, will begin its journey from Murdeshwar.

Also Read: MP Pratap Simha advocates Railway Infrastructure at Chamarajanagar

Increase in Frequency

The railways have also increased the frequency of this train from 6 days per week to daily.

Railways have appealed Passengers to avail the benefit of the increased frequency and extension of the train service.

Murdeshwar Express: Timings & Stoppages

Timings and stoppages for the extended portion of Train No. 16585/16586 Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (SMVB) – Murudeshwar – Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (SMVB).

T.N 16586StationsT.N 16585
08.13/08.15Mangaluru Jn.18.48/18.50
08.30/08.40Mangaluru Central18.25/18.35

MPs Constant Efforts for Connectivity

Mysuru MP Shri Pratap Simha’s constant follow-up with the Ministry of Railways to restore the lost connectivity to Coastal Karnataka from Mysuru has yielded results.

Earlier, Mysuru had lost daily connectivity to the coastal area due to the diversion of the Bengaluru-Karwar/Kannur route via the new railway line, which is the Hassan-Bengaluru route passing through Kunigal. Since then, the Member of Parliament Mysuru has been regularly following up on the issue with railway authorities and at the ministry level to restore the lost Coastal connectivity services.

SWR Press Release

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Ranganatha Swami Temple, Srirangapatna: A Journey Through Time and Spirituality


Ranganatha Swami temple (Manifestation of Lord Narayana) at Srirangapatna is several millennia old and is a famous Vaishnava center in India. Over the years, the deity of this temple has influenced great philosophers, writers, poets, and others to excel in life.

People believe that Ranganatha Swami removes all the obstacles in life if one submits to HIM 100% and does seva (selfless services) of the lord.  This article is written to briefly introduce the deity to the readers.


ಕಂಗಳಿದ್ಯಾತಕೋ ಕಾವೇರಿ ರಂಗನ ನೋಡದ is the song composed by the 14th-century saint SriPadara Raja with reverence to lord Ranganatha. This song is sung with intense devotion even now at the temple.

The song glorifies the lord and claims “What is the use of our eyes if they are not put to see and enjoy the sight of lord Ranganatha swami”?  Lord Ranganatha has been so popular with the people of the region that they treat HIM as their father and seek HIS blessing on all occasions by visiting HIS temple regularly.

Udhbava moorthi

As per the Puranas, Gautama Maharishi had performed severe penance in this place to view Maha Vishnu in a reclining position. To bless his devotee, Lord Vishnu portrayed himself as Ranganatha swami in reclining form at this place. Gautama Maharishi asked the lord to stay here forever so that devotees could pray to him in the upcoming ages, so god stayed there in the form of an idol. 

Lord Ranganatha, in his reclining form, symbolizes the cosmic dream of Lord Vishnu, signifying the preservation and sustenance of the universe. The idol of the reclining Lord is on the bed of the serpent Aadi Sesha. Aadi Sesha is said to have seven heads and is often depicted with the Lord Vishnu.

It is said that this is one of the biggest idols of Lord Vishnu in the reclining posture. The idol of Goddess Lakshmi by the side of the Lord’s feet can also be seen. Goddess Ranganayaki is considered to be the principal goddess here. Other shrines inside the temple complex are Srinivasa, Ranganayaki, Rama, Narasimha, Sudarshana, Panchamukha Anjaneya, and Gopalakrishna.

The Temple is surrounded by River Kaveri where pilgrims take a dip before entering the Temple complex.

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A little bit of History

The Ranganatha Swami temple is Classified as one among the 108 Abhimana Kshethrams of the Vaishnavate tradition. It is one of the five important pilgrimage sites of Sri Vaishnava centers along the river Kaveri for devotees of Ranganatha. These five sacred sites are together known as Pancharanga Kshetrams in South India. Since Srirangapatna is the first temple starting from upstream, the deity is known as Adi Ranga. 

Temple of antiquity

According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Ranganatha Swami temple is of much antiquity. An inscription at the temple reveals it was constructed in 984 CE by a local chief called Tirumalaiah, a vassal of the Western Ganga dynasty.

However, some inscription mentions the existence of the deity at Srirangapatna much before Thirumaliah built the temple. This indicates that a temple was likely built atop an already existing shrine of Raṅganātha swāmi. 

Grants given to the temple for renovations

In the early 12th century, Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana granted the village of Srirangapatna to the Vaishnava saint Ramanujacharya as an agraharam (place of learning). An inscription of the great Hoysala King Veera Ballala II (1210 CE) confirms that additions and renovations were made to the temple at that time.

Vijayanagar and Mysuru Kings too gave grants

The tower over the entrance bears features consistent with Vijayanagara architecture indicating relationships with the Vijayanagara kingdom.  According to historian George Michell, Wodeyars of the Mysuru kingdom gave grants to the temple. 

Also Read: Srikanteshwara Nanjangud Temple: A Testament to Spirituality and Tranquility


While the Ranganatha Swami temple is visited by people throughout the year, the best time to visit is during the various festivals celebrated here.  They are as follows

  • Bangarada Garudotsava, 
  • Sriranga Jayanti, 
  • Sudha Poornima,
  • Uyyalotsava 
  • Kotarothsava festival

During these celebrations, there are huge lines of pilgrims coming here from different parts of the country to seek blessings.

Visit when the river Kaveri is in its full grandeur

You can also plan your visit in the monsoon months of July and September. During this season, River Kaveri can be seen in its full grandeur, making the sight even more breathtaking. 


Lord Ranganatha swami has been the inspiration for dasas like Purandara dasa, Vyasaraja theertha, Sripadaraja, Vaadiraja theertha, Mantralaya Raghavendra swami and many others like them. Worshipping this deity of considerable antiquity can cleanse our sins.  Our sins are the root cause of all our anomalies (mental and physical). It is only by being spiritual, that we can rise above everything and live happily. The Lord Ranganatha is the god we all can trust to bring happiness in life. 

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple Entry Fee

No fee for General entry

 Rs. 250 per person for Quick Darshan

Rs. 50 per person for Viswaroopa Seva

Temple Contact number

The office contact number is 081974 43378

Temple timings

Timings of Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple are as follows 

07.30 am to 01.00 pm. 

04.00 pm to 08.00 pm.

How do I get there?

One can reach this town via road from Mysore and Bangalore as it lies on the Bangalore-Mysore State Highway. Many buses run regularly between these places. One can also hire taxis to reach the temple from Mysore. To reach Bangalore and Mysore, tourists can travel via trains and even fly to Bangalore as well. Mysore is the nearest railway station to Srirangapatna.


Sri Ranganatha Swami temple

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BEML excels in R&D at Bengaluru, Mysuru, KGF & Palakkad

BEML aces the R&D

BEML Limited (formerly Bharat Earth Movers Limited) emphasizes that Research & Development (R&D) has been instrumental in fostering innovation, growth, and sustainability. In a continuously changing business environment, its commitment to R&D has remained unwavering, propelling the company forward and securing its position in the industry. Throughout the fiscal year 2022-23, the company successfully designed, developed, and upgraded products across all three business verticals – Mining & Construction, Defence and Rail & Metro.

A quick overview of BEML R&D in numbers

  • ₹75 crores spent on R&D during FY 2022-23.
  • Over 75% of BEML’s business generated through in-house R&D developed products.
  • R&D expenditure for 2022-23 accounts for 1.91% of revenue and 26.75% of PBT.
  • BEML has submitted a total of 105 IPRs for registration, including 69 patents, 16 designs, 12 copyrights, and 8 trademarks, surpassing the target of 96 by 9%.

Recently, BEML has Established a Engine Design & Development Centre at Mysuru Complex. We have written about that here- BEML Establishes Engine Design & Development Centre at Mysuru Complex

BEML Center of Excellences driving Innovation  

BEML has established Centers for Excellence (CoE) at all major manufacturing complexes to foster continuous learning, training, and technological advancements in various fields, including engine development, metro coach fabrication, aerospace, and more.

Bengaluru Complex CoE

It provides training in stainless steel welding and wire harnessing to support metro car manufacturing. Furthermore, the center provides skill training in crane operations to both contract operators and BEML employees.

Mysuru Complex CoE

Hosts a specialized Center of Excellence for electrical and electronics systems within heavy equipment like dumpers and motor graders. This center provides comprehensive training covering calibration, wire harnessing, and troubleshooting of these equipment, addressing both practical and theoretical aspects.

Palakkad Complex CoE

It specializes in powertrain mechanisms, covering axles, engines, transmissions, differential assemblies, and electrical systems of heavy vehicles such as TATRA and other equipment used for defense applications.

KGF Complex CoE

The School of Hydraulics & Welding specializes in training for hydraulic systems and welding processes for various types of equipment.

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New Products developed by BEML R&D centers in 2022-23 

Some of the noteworthy achievements in new product development and product upgrades, accomplished through in-house R&D efforts during the year 2022-23, include:

Mining & Construction 

  • Introduction of the Heavy-duty face shovel and backhoe bucket with splash lubrication PTO powering hydraulic Excavator Model BE1000-1, designed to extend service life.
  • Upgrading the existing BL30-1 & BL200-1 Wheel Loaders with CEV Stage-IV Engines, aligning with stringent environmental standards.
  • Implementation of advanced lubrication systems on face shovels and backhoes for the BE1000-1 excavator, enhancing operational efficiency.
  • Development of safety-oriented features such as the high-raised catwalk and vibration isolation mounts. Thus ensuring compliance with DGMS safety norms and improving operational comfort for the BE1000-1 excavator.
  • Auto Lubrication System on Face Shovel and Backhoe for BE1800D/BE1800E enhances the durability of equipment and results in reduced maintenance costs.
  • Engineering of Allison Transmission Model 6625 ORS with QSK19-T3 Engine (Cummins) on BH60M (BEML Dumper)
    • The 6625 ORS is a 2021 Allison Transmission Off-Road Series™ model.
    • The Cummins QSK19 is a heavy-duty diesel engine with six cylinders and a 19-liter displacement
  • Design & Development of BEML BSAA6D140EG Engine to Meet CEV STAGE IV Emission Norms
    • The BEML BSA6D140-1 is a diesel engine that produces 415 horsepower. It has a displacement of 15.24 liters and a flywheel power of 339 kW (455 hp) at 2100 rpm. The engine has six cylinders in a line and is water-cooled. It is used in a variety of vehicles, including bulldozers, dump trucks, and hydraulic excavators.

BEML Future Plan of Action in Research & Development Activities

Keeping in view the emerging trends in technology and also in line with the unfolding business scenario, the BEML R&D team has put in place, a plan of action to take up several projects with enhanced allocation of resources. To achieve this, R&D infrastructure and resources are being continuously strengthened/ upgraded by BEML to handle and cope with the latest technologies effectively.

BEML R&D Plans in Mining & Construction

  • BEML’s Research and Development (R&D) division in Mining and construction is currently dedicates to the design and development of a 21 cu.m. Rope Shovel, a necessity for Mega Coal Projects, as well as an 8-Ton Tyre Handler.

BEML R&D Plans in Defence

BEML’s R&D department within the defense sector is actively participating in several pivotal projects:

  • High Mobility (4×4 Cross Country Vehicle): This initiative encompasses the design and development of a high-mobility vehicle capable of traversing rugged and challenging terrains. The 4×4 configuration signifies its possession of four-wheel drive, rendering it suitable for off-road usage.
  • BEML HMV ET 8×8 (General Service) with 70T Trailer: This project centers on the BEML High Mobility Vehicle (HMV) featuring an 8×8 configuration. The eight-wheel drive augments traction and load-carrying capacity. Additionally, it entails the creation of a 70-ton trailer for transporting heavy loads.
  • Armoured Protected Mobility Vehicle 4×4: BEML aims to design and develop a 4×4 armored vehicle optimized for protected mobility. 
  • Indigenous Manufacture of Armoured Cabins: BEML has laid out plans for the domestic production of armored cabins for military vehicles. Armored cabins provide enhanced protection for personnel inside, making them indispensable for defense purposes.
  • Up-gradation of ARV WZT-3 Engine

BEML R&D Plans in Rail & Metro

BEML’s Rail & Metro Research and Development (R&D) department is engaged in several noteworthy projects:

  • Vande Bharat Trains (Sleeper Version). BEML’s R&D team is actively involved in designing and developing sleeper versions of the Vande Bharat Trains. These trains are renowned for their high-speed capabilities and advanced features. And introducing a sleeper variant is expected to enhance passenger comfort and usage.
  • Design and Development of 180 kmph Speed Capable Bogies. This project focuses on the creation of bogies (the undercarriage or chassis of a train) capable of supporting speeds of up to 180 kilometers per hour. A critical requirement for high-speed rail services.
  • Collaboration with IIT Kharagpur. BEML’s R&D department is collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur on a project known as “Uchathar Avishakar Yojana” (UAY). This partnership is primarily focuses on bogie design, to develop medium to high-speed bogies through this joint effort.


The transformation of BEML Limited from a loss-making government-owned enterprise to a profit-making Public sector giant is nothing but a miracle. BEML embraces the “Make in India” initiative and has developed products catering to the needs of Defence, Mining, urban transportation, and more. The company also exports its products to many countries, demonstrating global appreciation and acceptance of its offerings.

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Building a Modern Floriculture Industry in the Mysuru Region – Step 1


Step 1 is to Identify the Floriculture Potential of the Region


Our previous article was on the state-of-affair with respect to the Indian floriculture Industry, and India’s contribution to the global flower demand. We also talked about our intent to give solutions for solving the current burning issues and prepare a roadmap for transforming the floriculture industry to make it modern and transformative.  This article is the first step in that direction.

The Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) Analysis

We have seen that there is a huge demand for locally grown traditional flowers in India. Be it private or public ceremonies, festivals, daily temple rituals and all other social activities, traditional flowers are a must and used in a big way. Mysuru region supplies most of these flower varieties to meet the domestic demand.

Estimation of Demand

In fact, the Krishna Raja (KR) market in Bengaluru, where the bulk of flowers are brought to be sold to retailers spread across the city and the neighboring towns, sees an estimated yearly revenue turnover of OVER INR 10,000 Crores. From there flowers get transported to Chennai, Hyderabad, Bombay, Mysuru, Dharwad, Tirupathi etc.

Also, the bulk buyers from Mysuru, Hassan, Tumkur, Chitradurga, Mandya, and other cities buy directly from the growers to get at low prices. They too sell to small traders and end-consumers across these cities and the neighbouring towns. 

To take any step towards the modernization of the floriculture industry and make it robust, one should properly understand the “demand and supply” situation first.

Department of Horticulture – Karnataka Government

The Horticulture Department of the Karnataka government can collaborate with the University of Agriculture (GKVK) team to do a survey of the KR Market and Russell Market in Bengaluru, which handle yearly flower trades to the tune of thousands of crores.  The study team should talk to various bulk traders to know the following

  • Variety of flowers bought
  • Quantity of flowers bought under each variety
  • Per day sales
  • The rate at which the flowers are bought
  • The variety of flowers comes from towns outside of Karnataka

The traders may not cooperate with the study team, as they may feel threatened to reveal the financial details. This is because around 90% of the trade happens through hard cash, which is unaccounted money. However, the government should do whatever is required to somehow make them give the above details. They can do similar studies at Mysuru Devaraja Market and the markets of the other important cities of the Mysuru region.

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Estimation of supply

It is important to understand what different types of flowers are grown in the Mysuru region. To meet the burgeoning demand, what kind of flowers come from the other regions of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu? In what quantity each variety of flowers are grown? The study team can contact the flower growers’ association and get the following information

  • Varieties of flowers grown
  • The quantity of each type of flowers grown in the region
  • The average selling cost of each variety of flowers.

By knowing the overall demand for flowers at each of the above markets, it is important to study those varieties that are brought from neighboring states to sell here. The question to be asked is, Can they be locally grown in the region? If yes, what needs to be done to grow them? If not, why can’t we grow locally in the region?


Having known the demand and supply situation firsthand, it is important to see if there is a possibility of extending the range to include other varieties of flowers that are generally not grown OR grown in limited quantities in the region.  Listing out the strengths of the region to grow a wide variety of flowers will help a lot.


No study is complete without the assessment of one’s weaknesses. That is, there is a need to clearly figure out why a wide variety of flowers, which have high domestic and overseas demands, are unable to grow in the region. So, a detailed study is required to understand the weakness. 


The previous article talks about how floriculture can bring big fortunes if the opportunities are rightly tapped. A detailed analysis is required to understand and list out possible opportunities. The report should quantitatively specify the opportunities with numbers to justify the effort in overhauling the floriculture industry.


What happens if nothing is done to change the status quo of the floriculture industry? The majority of the farming community will remain in PERPETUAL POVERTY. With NO HOPES of earning a living in rural areas, the youth from the farming community migrate en-masse to the metro cities like Bengaluru – already congested to the brim, creating all sorts of problems. Some may get into evil activities to earn money quickly creating LAW-AND-ORDER  problems. 

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Why should the government take floriculture very seriously?

For the sake of Job Creation

The overhauling and modernization of the floriculture industry should be the top priority of any government, as it will throw open tremendous opportunities for all the stakeholders to legally earn big money. Also, this can create  “LAKHS OF NEW JOBS” in the farm sectors giving the youth a chance to RESPECTFULLY earn livelihood in their hometowns. The rural economy will get a BOOSTER SHOT due to a spurt in the floriculture business.  This will put an end to the mass migration of people from rural areas into big cities.

For Increased tax collection

Currently, the floriculture industry, especially those that deal with traditional flowers,  is unorganized to the core, as business happens in a very rudimentary fashion. There is hardly any modern infrastructure worth mentioning with respect to post-harvest storage, bulk transportation, trading, payment (over 90% of business payment happens through cash), and last-mile delivery. Because of cash payment at every stage of the trade, “UNDER-INVOICING” is rampant. Due to this, the government LOSES BIG-TIME in tax collection. 

So, the only solution to this problem is to turn floriculture into an Organized industry, where financial transactions happen digitally.

To earn the goodwill of the farmers

When the farming community is benefiting out of the modern floriculture industry, they will at large support the government that made it happen. That means in the election, the party that represents the government will have a chance to retain the power.

Advantages of making the floriculture industry organized 

No industry can thrive in chaos, that is what the trade will turn into if the industry remains unorganized for long. There are benefits in turning it into an organized one. The below points list them

Growers’ hard work is profusely rewarded

In India, farmers are always at the receiving end mostly when things go bad. Because of the involvement of various middlemen (brokers) to whom the growers were made to sell their produce due to the APMC act, they get pittance as returns for their hard work from brokers. There is no end to the distress the growers have to face in life. However, modernization of the floriculture industry through technology and turning it into an organized one with the induction of professionalism will eventually turn tides towards better for growers. The technology can bring growers directly face-to-face with buyers, thus getting the market rate for their produce. 

Consumers can get flowers at much-reduced rates

The modern floriculture industry works in a sophisticated manner where costs never get padded up unnecessarily due to brokers’ commissions and inefficiencies in the chain. So, the cost of the produce will only depend on the demand and supply equation, and nothing else. 

Since there are NO “avoidable losses” in the process, so consumers get the produce at much-reduced rates.

Modern Floriculture Industry: Conclusion

Looking at the benefits a modern floriculture industry offers, there is no doubt that it builds a win-win situation for all the stakeholders, thus eliminating wastage through pilferage.

The next article will talk about the next step towards achieving excellence in the floriculture Industry.

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Mysore Bombe Dasara Festival: A Vibrant Tradition of Mysore Region


Mysore Dasara doll festival or Mysore Bombe Dasara is a culture that started during the days of Vijayanagar. As a part of the doll festival, people used to arrange dolls at their houses. And they used to visit each other’s houses to see and appreciate doll arrangements. This article is an attempt to briefly introduce the Mysuru Dasara doll festival to the readers.

Introduction to Mysore Bombe Dasara

Every year, the historic city of Mysuru comes alive with its grandeur Dasara celebrations. The Mysuru Dasara celebrations, marked by various events, end with a royal procession on Vijayadashami day.

Another festival known as the Mysuru Dasara Doll Festival, also referred to as “Bombe Habba” or “Golu,” holds a special place in the cultural tapestry of the region.

Historical Roots

The Mysore Dasara Doll or Bombe Dasara Festival traces its origins back to the period of the Vijayanagara Empire, which spanned the 14th to 17th centuries. People believe that the tradition began as a means to preserve and promote arts and handicrafts, which were flourishing under the patronage of the Vijayanagara rulers.

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Pic Courtesy: Lakshmi Rajesh

How Mysore Bombe Dasara is Celebrated

The festival involves arranging dolls, predominantly of gods and goddesses, on a series of tiered steps. These steps, often an odd number ranging from 3 to 11, represent different worlds or cosmos. The topmost tier is usually reserved for figures of gods and goddesses, followed by representations of saints, scholars, and other prominent figures from Hindu mythology.

The practice is not merely about placing dolls on steps but involves creativity and themes. Families may recreate stories from the scriptures, scenes from epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, or even daily life vignettes.

In many households, it’s also customary to include the “Marapachi Bombe” – a pair of wooden dolls, traditionally received as a wedding gift to be passed down through generations.

Significance and Social Role

Beyond the religious and historical implications, the Mysuru Dasara Doll Festival also plays a significant social role. Homes are thrown open for neighbors, friends, and family to view the displays and engage in festive singing or music. Children are often engaged in setting up the display, providing them with a unique way to connect with their cultural heritage.

Furthermore, the festival promotes community bonding. Women in particular exchange visits, with the customary practice of exchanging betel leaves, betel nuts, turmeric, and coconut, symbolizing the sharing of goodwill and prosperity.

Pic Courtesy: Sukanya Srinivas

Economic and Artistic Impact

Local artisans see an annual surge in demand for handcrafted dolls during the Mysuru Dasara bombe festival leading to a boon for regional craftsmanship. The festival, therefore, not only serves as a platform for preserving traditional arts but also provides an economic boost to local artisans. One such group of passionate individuals who have brought modernity to traditional doll marketing is Ramsons Bombe Mane. They have two large-sized retail outlets at strategic locations in Mysuru, where they have stocked some of the best/ rarest hand-crafted dolls kept for sale. Thousand of artisans make and supply dolls to Ramsons.


The Mysuru Dasara Doll Festival, with its rich history and vibrant display, is more than just a festive event. It is a blend of cultural preservation, artistic expression, and community bonding. As the world becomes increasingly global, such traditions play an essential role in grounding communities, fostering understanding, and preserving the rich tapestry of regional cultures.

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CM Siddaramiah appeals center for establishing AIIMS Raichur

News in detail

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah recently wrote to Mansukh Mandaviya – Minister of Health and Family Welfare, to establish a unit of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital chain in Raichur. In his appeal, he claims that establishing the AIIMS Raichur will do justice to the Kalyana Karnataka region, which is lagging in socio-economic indicators. 

The CM wanted it to be established as a part of the “Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)” initiative by the central government, whose main aim is to bring world-class health care to the people of Tier 2 cities through world-class hospitals. 

AIIMS in brief

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi was established in 1956, to provide excellent health care in India. From its inception, AIIMS has played a pivotal role in shaping the medical landscape of the country. 

Its origin

AIIMS was established to address the need for a top-tier medical research and treatment institution in India. With financial assistance from New Zealand, Australia, the UK, the USA, Sweden, and the USSR under the Colombo Plan, the institute quickly ascended to prominence.

Comprehensive Care:

AIIMS doesn’t just offer treatments; it provides comprehensive patient care. This means that when a patient approaches AIIMS, they are guaranteed not only world-class medical treatment but also access to counseling, rehabilitation, and follow-up services.

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Teaching and Research:

Besides healthcare, AIIMS is an educational behemoth. It has been nurturing and producing some of India’s best doctors, medical researchers, and scientists. The teaching methodology adopted by AIIMS bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and its practical application. Furthermore, its research projects often pave the way for breakthroughs in various medical fields.

Cutting-Edge Facilities:

AIIMS is home to state-of-the-art facilities, both for treatment and research. The hospital houses specialized departments for various ailments, ranging from neurology and cardiology to nephrology and gastroenterology. Additionally, its labs are equipped with the latest technology, making it a hub for advanced medical research in India.

Affordability and Accessibility:

AIIMS’ commitment is to provide top-tier medical services at affordable rates. It ensures that quality healthcare is not just the privilege of the affluent but is accessible to all sections of society. This commitment is evident in its subsidized rates for treatments and surgeries.

Global Recognition:

Over the decades, AIIMS has not only gained national but also international acclaim. Many of its faculty members and alumni are recognized globally for their contributions to the medical field. It’s not uncommon to find AIIMS’ name associated with groundbreaking research papers and international medical conferences.


If AIIMS is established in Raichur, it will go a long way in giving world-class medical treatment facilities to the people of the Kalyana Karnataka region. Now they go all the way to Bengaluru or some other distant places for treatment, thus incurring a lot of expense, and that can be saved. The CM’s efforts to bring AIIMS to Raichur should be applauded. 

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MP Pratap Simha advocates Railway Infrastructure at Chamarajanagar

To keep pace with the rapidly developing industries in and around Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar, Member of Parliament, Mysuru, Shri Pratap Simha has put forth a slew of proposals in his letter for consideration and their implementation at the SWR‘s 23rd Zonal Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) meeting, which was held in Hubballi on September 12, 2023 to develop railway infrastructure at Chamarajanagar.

The proposals aimed at enhancing the passenger services and augmenting the infrastructure capacity in the Mysuru region. The MP urged railway officials to swiftly draft an action plan for the implementation of these initiatives.

Proposals pertaining to Railway Infrastructure at Chamarajanagar

Following are the Proposals-

Developing a Crossing Line at Kavalande/KVE Halt Railway Station

MP Pratap Simha stressed that the development of a crossing line at Kavalande Halt Railway Station is crucial to efficient & enhanced train operations between Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar.

Currently, a single-block section connecting Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar is affecting the introduction of new services and longer travel times between stations. To address this issue, the MP has proposed upgrading Kavalande Halt Station to a Crossing station, complete with a loop line (Crossing line). In simpler terms, this upgrade aims to divide the existing single-block section between Nanjangud/NTW and Chamarajanagar/CMNR.

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Developing Stabling Lines and Coach Watering Facilities at Chamarajanagar Railway Station (CMNR)

In another proposal, MP Pratap Simha emphasized the need to develop additional stabling lines and coach watering facilities as prerequisites for effective maintenance of existing trains and the introducion of new trains from Chamarajanagar.

Additionally, he pointed out the availability of sufficient vacant land within Chamarajanagar railway station for these facilities. MP drew attention to the rapid industrialization of the Mysuru-Kadakola-Chamarajanagar region, which has been attracting significant investments in recent times. He advised railway officials to prepare an immediate action plan and implement it in response to this growing development in the region.

Proposals a step in the right direction

It is noteworthy to mention that the newly created KIADB Badanaguppe-Kellamballi Industrial estate has attracted investments worth over Rs. 3000 to date.

Here is a compilation of a few Industrial Projects Underway-

Kaynes Technology to expand in Mysuru & set up an electronics manufacturing facility in Chamarajanagar

Colourtone Textiles Pvt. Ltd. to invest in Chamarajanagar District

Grasim Industries Limited to Invest Rs. 731.79 crore on a Decorative Paint Project at Chamarajanagar

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The new industrial estate is expected to create approximately 10,000 direct and indirect jobs. This will bring in a large number of people to Chamarajanagar, which will increase the demand for transportation services.

Secondary maintenance facilities at Chamarajanagar and the crossing station between Nanjangud and Chamarajanagar section are the two main challenges that need to be addressed. These constraints are throttling the augmentation of train services towards Chamarajanagar.

In this regard, the MP’s proposals to develop railway infrastructure at Chamarajanagar are timely and significant.

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Mysuru gets a Daily Express Connection to Murdeshwar

16585/86 SMVT Bengaluru Murdeshwar Express to connect Mysuru with Coastal Karnataka all days of the week.

The Ministry of Railways in its order CC 227/2023 dated September 5th, 2023 has approved the proposal from South Western Railways to increase the frequency of Train No. 16585/86 SMVT Bengaluru Mangaluru Express, from six days a week to daily, alongwith its extension up to Murdeshwar (MRDW) from existing Mangaluru Central Railway station.

Proposed Schedule of the SMVT Bengaluru Murdeshwar Express via Mysuru

Train 16585 SMVT Bengaluru Murdeshwar Express will depart from SVMT Bengaluru at 20:15 and is expected to reach Murdeshwar (MRDW), the end destination on the extended route at around 13:20 hours the following day. 

In the return journey, Train 16586, the Murdeshwar-SVMT Bengaluru Express, is scheduled to depart from Murdeshwar at 13:55 hours and is expected to reach SVMT Bengaluru at 07:15 on the next day.

The extended portion of the route is expected to include stops at the following stations. 

  • Surathkal
  • Mulki
  • Udupi
  • Barkur
  • Kundapura
  • Byndoor Mookambika Road
  • Bhatkal

Railway board has also directed zonal railways to implement the order at the early convinent date.

Background of SMVT Bengaluru Mangaluru Express Extension

Mysuru MP, Shri Pratap Simha, urged Railway Minister, Shri Ashwini Vaishnav, to extend Train No. 16585/86 from Mangaluru Central (MAQ) to Karwar (KAWR) with additional coaches. However, due to operational issues, the extension has only been granted till Murdeshwar.

Earlier, Mysuru had lost daily connectivity to the coastal area due to the diversion of the Bengaluru-Karwar/Kannur route via the new railway line, which is the Hassan-Bengaluru route passing through Kunigal. Since then, the Member of Parliament Mysuru has been regularly following up on the issue with railway authorities and at the ministry level to restore the lost Coastal connectivity services.

Connecting Coastal and South Interior Karnataka: An Economic Boost

This proposed extension will significantly enhance connectivity between the Mysuru region and various key destinations in the coastal region. These destinations include pilgrimage sites, tourist hotspots like beaches, trading centers, and renowned educational institutions. This integration of tourism and economic growth benefits both regions, creating a win-win situation.

Historically, travel between South Interior Karnataka and the Coastal belt by road has posed challenges. This is particularly due to the ghat areas. One of the key advantages of this proposed train extension is the convenience it offers to senior citizens, women, and children. The rail extension will encourage people to choose this convenient mode of transport.

Furthermore, the extension will link the Mysuru region to the coastal region, connecting vital educational centers like Mangaluru and Manipal. It will also provide seamless access to revered pilgrimage centers such as Subhramanya, Udupi, Byndoor-Mookambika, Murdeshwara, and Gokarna. 

In turn, residents of the coastal region will have the opportunity to experience the nature trails, pilgrimage centers, heritage sites of Mysuru region and connect with the state capital.

This connectivity will further contribute to the integration of the tourism economies of both regions. Thus fostering economic growth for the entire state.

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Varanasi Yard Remodelling: Mysuru Varanasi Express Cancelled, Hubballi Banaras Express Diverted


Operations of Mysuru Varanasi Express and SSS Hubballi Banaras Express to be affected due to the Varanasi Yard remodelling to enhance the railway infrastructure.

The Indian Railways is currently carrying out remodelling work at the Varanasi Yard, a project that is scheduled to last for 45 days, commencing on September 1st and concluding on October 15th, 2023. This project falls within the jurisdiction of the Lucknow Division of the Northern Railway.

As a result of this ongoing project, both the Northern Railway and the East Central Railway have issued notifications detailing changes to the following train services –

Cancellation of Mysuru Varanasi Bi-Weekly Express

Train No. 22687 Mysuru Varanasi Bi-weekly Superfast Express, scheduled for journeys commencing on 12.09.23, 14.09.23, 19.09.23, 21.09.23, 26.09.23, 28.09.23, 03.10.23, 05.10.23, 10.10.23, and 12.10.23, will be cancelled.

Train No. 22688 Varanasi Mysuru Bi-weekly Superfast Express, scheduled for journeys commencing on 14.09.23, 16.09.23, 21.09.23, 23.09.23, 28.09.23, 30.09.23, 05.10.23, 07.10.23, 12.10.23, and 14.10.23, will be cancelled.

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Diversion with change in Destination for Hubballi Banaras Weekly Express

Train No. 17323 Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Hubballi Hubballi- Banaras Weekly Express, departing from SSS Hubballi o­n 22.09.23, 29.09.23, 06.10.23 & 13.10.23, will be diverted with a change in its route. It will skip its scheduled stoppage at Varanasi and will terminate at Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction instead of Banaras.

Train No. 17324 Banaras – Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Hubballi Weekly Express, departing from Banaras o­n 24.09.23, 01.10.23, 08.10.23 & 15.10.23, will also be diverted with a change in its route. It will skip its scheduled stoppage at Varanasi and will originate from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction instead of Banaras.

For more details of timings & halts of above trains please Visit www.enquiry.indianrail.gov.in or download NTES App.

South Western Railway Press Release

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Global Biofuel Alliance: A Step Towards a Greener Future

G20 2023 major outcome – Global Biofuel Alliance to make the world much greener and cleaner

News in detail

There was euphoria among the participant nations of the G20 2023 summit in India about many outcomes one among them being the Global Biofuel Alliance. 

The major green development pact that came out of the summit focuses on financing, cutting global greenhouse gas emissions, a global biofuel alliance, sustainable development, and ending plastic pollution, among others.  Few participating countries have come together enthusiastically to implement it in their respective countries.

Global Biofuel Alliance
PM at the launch of ‘Global Biofuels Alliance’ with world leaders

India, along with Brazil and the US, launched the Global Biofuel Alliance. It is an initiative with a plea to take ethanol blending with petrol globally to 20 per cent. A total of 19 countries and 12 international organizations have so far agreed to join the alliance.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi along with the leaders of Singapore, Bangladesh, Italy, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Mauritius and UAE, launched the Global Biofuel Alliance on 9 September 2023, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

Global Biofuel Alliance

Among many G20 2023 summit outcomes, one stood out, and that is Global Biofuel Alliance (GBA). Why GBA is so significant in these changing times? – The world is undergoing climate change at a rapid pace, and environmentalists blame the high levels of pollution for that.  

What is causing the pollution? – The modern lifestyle is causing tremendous harm to nature, especially petrochemical refineries, steel, coal-based power plants, copper/ iron-ore smelting plants, etc.  Power generation is highly dependent on depleting resources and extracting these resources is breaking the back of earth. 

What’s the alternative? – The governments, environmentalists, scientists, bankers, and others came together and suggested goal-oriented, time-based measures to reduce the pollution levels to zero. They came up with a concrete roadmap to do that within an acceptable timeframe.  

How is it done? – Over time, we need to stop using pollution-causing resources like coal, lignite, and petroleum crude to generate power. And instead use alternative feedstock like green Hydrogen, Hydropower, Biofuels, Solar, Nuclear, Thorium, etc. Among them, Biofuel is low-hanging fruit and not that difficult to implement.

What’s the big deal about biofuel? – Biofuel derives from biomass, which consists of plant or algae material and animal waste. Because biofuel can be easily replenished, it is deemed a source of renewable energy, in contrast to fossil fuels like petroleum, coal, and natural gas. Many often propose biofuel as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly substitute for petroleum and other fossil fuels.

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Derivatives of Biofuel

First-generation Biofuel

Liquid biofuels are of particular interest because of the vast infrastructure already in place to use them, especially for transportation. The highest production of liquid biofuel is ethanol (ethyl alcohol). It is made by fermenting starch or sugar. The ethanol is blended with gasoline to produce “gasohol,” a fuel that has 10 percent ethanol. Ethanol as a blending agent in gasoline increases octane and cuts down carbon monoxide and other smog-causing emissions.

Second-generation Biofuel

Biodiesel, primarily derived from oily plants like soybeans or oil palm and to a lesser extent from other oily sources such as waste cooking fat from restaurant deep-frying, constitutes the second most common liquid biofuel. Europe has shown the greatest acceptance of biofuel, primarily using it in diesel engines, often in various blends with conventional petroleum diesel fuel

Third-generation Biofuel

The use of algae and cyanobacteria as a source of “third-generation” biodiesel holds promise but has been difficult to develop economically. Some algae species contain up to 40 percent lipids by weight, which can be converted into biodiesel or synthetic petroleum. 

Other biofuel

Other biofuels include methane gas and biogas. These biofuels can be derived from the decomposition of biomass in the absence of oxygen. Additionally, there are biofuels like methanol, butanol, and dimethyl ether that are still in the development phase.

Foundation of the Global Biofuel Alliance (GBA)

It was established with the vision to promote the production, consumption, and international trade of biofuels in a sustainable, economically viable, and environmentally friendly manner. As an alliance, it offers a platform for nations to collaborate on research and development, share best practices, and develop harmonized regulations to create a global biofuel market.

Key Objectives of the Global Biofuel Alliance

Research and Development: Promote innovation in biofuel production technologies to make them more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective.

Standardization: Standardize biofuel quality criteria across member countries to ensure consistent performance and environmental standards.

Trade Facilitation: Address trade barriers and formulate policies to encourage international trade in biofuels.

Sustainability: Set guidelines and frameworks to safeguard against biofuel production’s impact on food security, deforestation, and biodiversity loss.

Capacity Building: Assist developing nations in building infrastructure and capacity for biofuel production and consumption.

The Way Forward

To address global energy and environmental challenges, a balanced and holistic approach is vital for authentic biofuel solutions. With its global perspective and collective expertise, the GBA is well-prepared to address these challenges. Through international cooperation, knowledge sharing, and sustainable practices, the GBA can lead to a greener, more sustainable future for Earth.


The global community is actively seeking sustainable alternatives to traditional fossil fuels. In this endeavor, this alliance will play an increasingly vital role. Through harmonizing efforts and establishing common standards and promoting collaboration, the GBA has the potential to solidify biofuels as a cornerstone in the world’s energy landscape.

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Mumbai Bidar Express to have First AC Coach


The Central Railway on September 8, 2023,  issued a notification regarding the permanent addition of a First-Class AC Coach to train number 22143/44, the Mumbai Bidar Express, with the intention of improving passenger convenience.

The timeline for the addition of the First-Class AC Coach is as follows:

  • For train number 22143, Mumbai-Bidar Superfast Tri-Weekly Express, the addition will be effective from January 12, 2024.
  • For train number 22144, Bidar-Mumbai Superfast Tri-Weekly Express, the addition will be effective from January 13, 2024.

Mumbai Bidar Express Revised composition: 

  • O­ne First AC, 
  • O­ne AC-2 Tier, 
  • Two AC-3 Tier, 
  • 8 Sleeper Class, 
  • 6 General second class including 2 Guard’s Brake Van. 

The train number 22143/44 Mumbai CSMT – Bidar Superfast Tri Weekly Express is the lone overnight train connecting Karnataka’s jewel crown, Bidar, to India’s financial city Mumbai.

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Addition of First class AC coach a step in the right decision 

Adding a first-class AC coach to the train will enhance the travel experience for the public travelling between Bidar, Pune, and Mumbai. Currently, this train is the only overnight Tri weekly express connecting these destinations. The first-class AC coach will benefit the seasonal tourists and businessmen who prioritise comfortable travel. 

A brief about Bidar 

Bidar was once the capital of the erstwhile Bahamani Kingdom (1347-1526) in the medieval period. The Bahamani rulers’ glory is reflected in a number of historical monuments dating back to the 15th century that can be found here. Apart from history, the cool and refreshing environment of Bidar attracts travelers.

During Veerabhadreshwara Jatra, which is a local fair, thousands of devotees throng to Humnabad. They hold this annual fair for seven days during January-February.

For more details of timings & halts of above trains please Visit www.enquiry.indianrail.gov.in or download NTES App.

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Srikanteshwara Nanjangud Temple: A Testament to Spirituality and Tranquility

The Srikanteshwara Nanjangud Temple is also called as Dakshina Kashi.


Nanjundeshwara aka Srikanteshwara swami is an avatar of lord Shiva himself. His temple is for people who are serious about spirituality. The legend says that anyone who wants tranquility in life should visit Srikanteshwara Nanjangud Temple and meditate on the linga of Srikanteshwara. The tranquility comes on its own. This article is to do a small service by introducing the divine to the readers so that they can bring peace into their lives.

Nanjundeshwara – The abode of Lord Shiva

Nanjangudu the abode of Nanjundeshwara has been a spiritual center for a few centuries now. The divine, on the banks of river Kapila,  has been the guiding force behind all sorts of people (Royals, peasants, rich, poor, literate, illiterate, etc.). Whenever people face hardship in life,  they converge at Nanjangudu to pray and seek divine intervention. 

Najundeshwara in the movies

Though many movies have been made in the past showing how lord Srikanteshwara helped protagonists cope-up with their problems, one movie that stands out is the 1986 cult classic “ಅನುರಾಗ ಅರಳಿತು”. The protagonist of the film, the late Dr. Rajkumar brings his aged/ sick mother to the temple and sings a very touchy/ soul-stirring song pleading with Najundeshwara to heal his mother’s ailments and give her a long life. The emotional song goes like this “ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠಾ ವಿಷಕಂಠ …”. The song is sure to bring tears to the audience.  In the movie, it is shown that with divine grace, how his problems get solved one after another over time.

Let’s look back a little to know the history of Nanjundeshwara swami. 

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Srikanteshwara Nanjangud Temple

History of Nanjangud

Nanjungud is mentioned as Sri Garalapuri, in the Shiva Purana. It is known as the abode of Shiva and the place is called Dakshina Kashi. As per Shiva Purana, there used to be an Asura by the name of Keshi who earned a boon of immortality from Brahma and Vishnu. With his boon in hand, he started torturing people, the devathas and Rishis.  At last, the sages and the Devas got so frustrated that they sought refuge in lord Shiva. The Lord appeared in Garalapuri Sri Kshetra (present Nanjungudu) and killed the Asur Keshi. After that, the Lord further assured his devotees that his Ansh – a part of his divine self would always remain here and bless humanity. 

Nanjangud kshetra is called Paapa Vinashini

The place since then got transformed into Papa Vinashini – a remover of sins. After bathing in the holy river of Kabini, every human praying to Lord Srikanteshwara or Nanjundeshwara (Shiva) of Nanjungud would be rid of sins and blessed by the god.

Lord Parashuram – an Avatar of Vishnu, has connections with this place

Sage Parashuram – one of the 10 Avatars of Lord Vishnu, beheaded his mother as per his father, sage Jamadagni’s orders. After the incident, lord Parashuram wanted to wash off the sins smeared out of “Matru Hatya”. Sage Narada advised him to do a penance meditating on the feet of Najundeshwara Swami at Garalapuri (Nanjangudu). He (Parashuram) did exactly that and lord Shiva appeared in front of him and advised him to build a Mantapa, consecrate a Shiva linga in it, and worship it. 

While clearing the shrubs with his Parashu – axe, unconsciously, Parashuram’s axe hit the Shivlinga, and the tip of the Shivlinga began bleeding. Sage Parashuram felt very guilty and said, “I have committed another unforgivable sin; only by killing myself shall I be relieved from all my sins”, and prepared to kill himself. Shiva appeared and blessed sage Parashuram and told him to apply wet mud upon the Shivling (the mud of Sri Nanjangud has immense healing powers). The Shivlinga stopped bleeding. Lord Shiva again advised Parashuram to build the mantapa and continue his penance. Finally, Parashuram was relieved from all his sins and blessed with immortality. 

Srikanteshwara Nanjangud Temple also called Dakshina Manikarnika Ghat

Goddess Parvati consort of Shiva, wanted to visit this holy place. He brought her to Garalapuri Nanjanagud. Devi went to the Kabini River and bent down to touch the water. A gemstone bead – Mani fell off from her crown into the water. Lord Shiva was pleased and declared, “Devi, until now, the place had my divine blessings and presence; from this moment, it shall have your presence, grace, and blessings, too. It shall also be called Dakshina Manikarnika Ghat”.

Festivities at the Nanjangud Temple

Festivals like Navratri and Mahashivratri are celebrated in Srikanteshwara Najangud temple with a lot of excitement. The temple is decorated beautifully during festivals, and they are listed below

1) Maha Shivarathri

2) Sri Girija Kalyana Mahotsava

3) Chikkajathre

4) Doddajathre

5) Thepotsava

6) Lakshadeepotsava

7) Varadhanti

Srikanteshwara Nanjangud Temple Festival Highlights

Doddajathre (Grand Chariot Festival):

  • Every March/April, thousands of devotees gather in Nanjangudu for the festival. During this event, devotees actively pull five chariots along the main street of the old town. Furthermore, on this day, some of the faithful engage in Jagarana, much like the night of Mahashivrathri. These five chariots are dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Sri Srikanteshwara, Parvathi, Subramanya, and Chandikeshwara, each carrying their respective idols.

Chikkajathre (Small Chariot Festival):

  • The Chikkajathre (Small Chariot Festival) is typically celebrated in November/December, with three chariots being pulled by the faithful.

Sri Srikanteshwara Jayanthi:

  • Additionally, Sri Srikanteshwara Jayanthi involves a procession of 11 small chariots.

Skandha (Subramanya) Shashti:

  • On Skandha (Subramanya) Shashti, devotees actively pull a chariot bearing the idol of Lord Subramanya.

Girija kalyana:

  • Girija kalyana is joyously celebrated during Ashadamasa.


  • Lakshadeepotsava is celebrated during Kartheekamasa.


  • Additionally, during both the Dodda Jathre and Chikka Jathre, a large floating Thepotsava for Lord Shiva takes place on the Kapila River for a day. Furthermore, during the Sri Girijakalyana festival, there is a large floating Thepotsava on the Kapila River for three nights.


Nanjundeshwara Swami, being an Avatar of lord Shiva is the main controller of our mind (ಮನಸ್ಸು). That’s why he is also known as Mano Murthi, and he is the one who plants the seeds of desire (both good and bad) in our minds. Man, being the slave of his mind, does what his mind says. He will listen to his mind more than his intellect OR logical mind.  To bring good OR “satvik” desires in our minds, we have to worship  Srikanteshwara swami of Nanjangudu. Satwik desires lead to satwik thoughts which in turn guide us to do good things in life. So, meditating on lord Shiva is a must for the betterment of our lives. 

Nanjangud Temple timing

The temple is open from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. 

On Sunday the timing changes to 6 a.m. till 10 p.m. 

Entry fees

There is no entry fee required to enter this temple.

How do I get there?

From Mysuru there are train services to Nanjangudu town.

There are plenty of private and KSRTC buses available from Mysuru to Nanjangudu town. KSRTC operates buses with route number 401A.

From Bengaluru, one can reach Mysuru and make the onward journey by train or bus. One can take taxis from Mysuru OR can drive down in private cars to the temple town.

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KIADB to develop Metikurke Industrial Area in Chitradurga 

The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) is establishing the “Metikurke Industrial Area” to support medium and small-scale industries by providing them with easy access to ready-to-use infrastructure facilities in the industrial areas developed and managed by KIADB. This industrial area will cover an expanse of 467.938 hectares (1156 acres and 12 gunta) in the villages of Kariyobenahalli, Hiriyuru Taluk, Chitradurga District, Karnataka.

Project Details of KIADB Metikurke Industrial Area Chitradurga 

Project Cost 

The estimated cost for the development project is approximately Rs. 80,131.37 lakhs, which includes land acquisition and development expenses.

Size of Operation

467.938 hectares (1156 acres) of land has been acquired for the development of the Metikurke Industrial Area.

The primary development will comprise industrial plots of varying sizes. KIADB intends to develop 330 industrial plots within the proposed industrial area. In addition to the industrial plots, common amenities will be built, below are the details.

Area Statement 

  • Industrial Plot: 764.63 Acres (66.13%)
  • Commercial: 53.52 Acres (4.63%)
  • Utilities: 15.15 Acres (1.31%)
  • Amenities: 43.93 Acres (3.80%)
  • Parking: 58.43 Acres (5.05%)
  • Parks/Buffer Zone: 116.15 Acres (10.04%)
  • Roads: 104.50 Acres (9.04%)
  • TOTAL: 1156.31 Acres (100%)

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Connectivity to KIADB Metikurke Industrial Area Chitradurga 

The Metikurke Industrial Area enjoys excellent connectivity, making it convenient for businesses to access various markets. Skilled and unskilled laborers are readily available in the vicinity, contributing to a strong workforce. The site benefits from well-developed road networks, enhancing accessibility.

Road Connectivity

The nearest access road to the site is NH-48, also known as the Pune-Bangalore Highway. The industrial layout strategically locates itself in close proximity to Hiriyur, ensuring convenient access to major transportation routes.

Additionally, the site is conveniently situated near NH 150 A, connecting Chamrajanagar to Bidar districts via Bellary, and NH 48, a prominent trunk route that links Pune and Bengaluru. To the south of the site, SH 24 provides further connectivity, leading to Shivamogga. This comprehensive network of roads facilitates efficient transportation to and from the Metikurke Industrial Area.

Rail Connectivity

The area has great connectivity by railways further enhancing its accessibility.. The nearest railway station is Dodda Siddawanahalli Railway Station, located 9.7 km northwest of the project site.

Airport Connectivity 

The nearest airport is Shivamogga Airport, situated 108 km from the proposed site.

Employment Generation

During the project’s development phase, it will create a substantial number of both direct and indirect employment opportunities. The construction phase alone will require approximately 200 personnel. Furthermore, once the industries within the industrial area become operational, we project that more than 5000 employees will be working there. This workforce will consist of 2000 permanent positions and 3000 contractual positions.

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Mangaluru International Airport Expansion Project at ₹5200 Crores

Mangaluru International Airport expansion will be undertaken in Phases

Mangaluru International Airport Limited (MIAL) has laid out a comprehensive master plan to expand the Mangaluru International airport at a cost of Rs. 5200 crores 


Mangaluru or Mangalore airport has been the gateway to the coastal Karnataka. The coastal region is beautiful with virgin beaches, coastal food, and of course beautiful temples. The region attracts a high number of tourists from all over India and the world, and tourism has been a multi-million dollar industry.

Mangaluru has a working airport with flights connecting all major commercial centers in India. On an international scale, Mangaluru maintains connections with a significant number of Middle Eastern countries. A lot of migrant workers, professionals, and businessmen from Coastal Karnataka and Kerala fly to the Gulf via this airport. There has been a steady increase in air traffic over the years, and the airport is reaching its maximum capacity fast.

Airport expansion is a boon for Mangaluru

The expanded airport can be very attractive to businessmen, as they find coming to and going from Mangaluru is a breeze. Mangaluru has a vibrant Information Technology (IT) industry, and the expanded airport can lure more IT investments in the coastal region (Mangaluru & Udupi). 

Apart from IT, Mangaluru is famous for its oil refinery and petrochemical industry. The government of India has built massive underground storage tanks for storing oil as strategic reserves. Mangaluru is fast emerging as a hotspot for green hydrogen projects, with over one lakh Crores rupees of investments in the pipeline. These projects will result in an increased number of people visiting the city for business purposes, and this calls for an expanded airport. Let’s throw some light on the airport expansion project envisaged by MIAL.

Background of Mangaluru International Airport Limited

A Concession Agreement for Operation, Maintenance, Management & Development of MIA was signed between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Mangaluru International Airport Limited (MIAL, formerly known as Adani Mangaluru International Airport Limited) on 14th February 2020.

As per the Concession Agreement, MIAL has been entrusted with the responsibility to operate and manage the existing airport assets. They will also be responsible for designing, engineering, financing, construction, upgradation, and development of future airside, terminal, cityside, and landside infrastructure for the airport in phases. Additionally, they will manage its subsequent operation and management for a 50-year concession period from the commercial date of operation (COD) on 31st October 2020.

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has already issued a certificate of incorporation for the change of name from Adani Mangaluru International Airport Ltd to Mangaluru International Airport Ltd.

Need for Mangaluru Airport Expansion

In anticipation of the projected traffic growth, Mangaluru International Airport Limited (MIAL) is proposing an expansion plan.

Projected Growth : Increased air passengers in numbers

  • According to CAPA traffic projections, the annual passenger count at MIA is estimated to reach approximately 22.5 million passengers per annum (MPPA) in its ultimate phase.
  • The annual cargo volume is forecasted to be around 0.12 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).

Expansion Proposal

  • The proposal encompasses a range of works, including relocation, improvement, modification, up-gradation, augmentation, and modernization of existing airside and landside facilities and infrastructure.


Mangaluru International airport expansion
Proposed Master Plan of Mangaluru International Airport Expansion

Land Details for the Expansion Proposals 

  • Mangaluru International Airport Limited (MIAL) is proposing an expansion of MIA within an area of 225.64 hectares (equivalent to 557.57 acres).
  • This expansion includes the use of a land area of 7.03 hectares (equivalent to 17.37 acres) which has been retained by the Airport Authority of India (AAI).
  • The development will cover both airside and landside components, with a flexible allocation of 169.94 hectares (419.92 acres) and 55.70 hectares (137.65 acres), respectively.
  • An additional area of 13.35 hectares (equivalent to 33 acres) has been identified for acquisition and utilization. It is subject to its availability from AAI, to enhance operational safety and practices.

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Proposed Infrastructure Development works under Mangaluru Airport Expansion

The project will be scheduled in phases in line with the Master Plan. The budgetary estimate for the master plan development is INR 5,200 Crores.

The development works to be undertaken are as follows.

Terminal Development

The proposed master plan is inclusive of two integrated terminal buildings, i.e., existing developed Terminal with future eastern expansion and New Terminal Building (NTB) to accommodate up to 22.5 million passengers per annum (MPPA) with a built-up area of approximately 183,221 square meters.

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1Footprint Area17,574 Sq.m68,186 Sq.m
2Built-up Area47,464 Sq.m1,83,221 Sq.m
Mangaluru International airport expansion

The new terminal building will follow a concept of a three-level structure::

  • Basement: Baggage handling system, other systems, storage, Back of house facilities.
  • Ground Level: Arrival processing and other support facilities.
  • Level 1: Departure processing and other support facilities.

Apron & Taxiway Development

Mangaluru International airport expansion
Proposed Apron Development
Mangaluru International airport expansion
Proposed Taxiway Development
  • The apron is proposed to be developed with 35 stands.
  • The parallel taxiway will undergo modification to incorporate Rapid Exit Taxiways (RETs) and entry/exit ways as per the Master Plan.
  • Both the apron and taxiway will be developed within an area spanning 34.75 hectares.

Runway Shift

  • There will be a shift of the runway to the eastern side, involving a 70-meter adjustment, to ensure compliance with RESA (Runway End Safety Area) requirements.
  • Runway Operation will be designed for Code D aircraft (B767-400 ER)

Cargo Complex

Mangalore airport expansion
Proposed Locations of Cargo Complex
  • A cargo complex is planned for development, encompassing a total floor area of 48,600 square meters.
  • The cargo complex is expected to have the capacity to handle cargo up to 0.12 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).

The proposed cargo facility has been planned to encompass and facilitate various types of cargo operations. Which includes international cargo (import, export, and transit), domestic cargo, express/courier cargo, perishable and non-perishable cargo, air mail, valuable cargo, cold storage, and hazardous cargo. The estimated breakdown of domestic cargo consists of 0.2% perishable and pharmaceutical cargo and 99.8% non-perishable cargo. And international cargo comprises 98% perishable cargo and 2% non-perishable cargo.

Cityside Development (CSD)

As per the concession agreement, the Cityside Development (CSD) will be carried out within an overall area of 4.04 hectares (equivalent to 10 acres). It is subject to obtaining the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities.

Multi-Level Car Parking (MLCP)

  • There are plans to construct two multi-level car parks (MLCP).
  • These MLCPs will have a total of 1,125 parking spaces.
  • Additionally, they will have the capacity to accommodate 1.5 times more Passenger Car Units (PCUs).

Proposed Connectivity

For connectivity to the new terminal building, the Airport Authority of India has requested the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) to construct a new approach road that connects the proposed new terminal building to the existing state highway SH-66A (Mangaluru – Bajpe road). The proposed project road includes the following components:

Stretch-I: Strengthening of existing SH 66A for 1.125 km, connecting from Konkan Railway ROB to the Airport approach road at Devi College of Pharmacy.

Stretch-II: Construction of a 0.888 km new 4-lane road from Devi College of Pharmacy to the new Airport Terminal. With each lane being 3.5 meters wide, a 1.2-meter-wide median, and 1.0-meter-wide shoulders with drainage on both sides. Total width: 17.2 meters.

Western Side:

Mangalore airport expansion

The existing exit road on the western side will be expanded to become a 3+3 lane divided arterial road. It will serve as the primary entry and exit route for the western terminal. Additionally, the existing West Terminal access road is set to be widened to accommodate 2+2 lanes. This road will primarily handle western cargo traffic and departing vehicles.

Eastern Side: The eastern terminal will have two access points:

Mangalore airport expansion
  • One access route will connect to the city through an existing road that links the eastern landside area.
  • The second access point will be via a proposed West–East connecting elevated landside road.

Employment Potential

Operational Phase: 14,500 direct and indirect employment.


The expanded International airport will take the business and tourism potential of Mangaluru to new heights. To cater to the booming business, the hospitality industry will line up top-notch hotels like Hiltons, Hyatt Regencies, The Tajs, Oberois, etc. In the end, it is the common man who will enjoy the fruits, as the businesses throw a lot of jobs to the local people. Increased jobs lead to enhanced prosperity, which is good for the society.

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