The Ministry of Railways had approved a proposal to name the Train Number. 16595/16596 Bengaluru-Karwar-Bengaluru Express as the Panchaganga Express, the name had been derived from the five rivers in Udupi District that came together to join th Arabian Sea near Kundapura.
Udupi Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje on July 2, in a statement in Mangaluru said that she had urged the Minister of State For Railways, Suresh C. Angadi, to name the train after the five rivers in Udupi, and had requested that allegedly over an year ago.
The MP told the Ministry that the Panchagangavali had been the lifeline of people in Northern parts of Udupi district by nurturing agriculture, tourism, fishing and pilgrimage. She said that the Bengaluru-Karwar Express had become the lifeline of the coast and it would be apt to name the train as Panchaganga Express, and the people had been asking Ms. Karandlaje to get the train named as the Panchaganga Express.
On the train being named as per her requests, she thanked the Railway Ministry for positively responding to the sentiments of people in that region.
The five rivers that merge and join the Arabian Sea as Panchagangavali between Gangolli and Kundapura are Sourparnika, Chakra, Kheta, Kubja and Varahi which cross the Byndoor and Kundapura taluks. Gangolli river has a major fishing port.