BANGALORE: To facilitate the running of additional trains, including suburban services in the future, the Bangalore Railway Division has proposed the doubling and electrification of railway lines between two vital routes: Hosur to Baiyappanahalli and Yesvantpur-Baiyappanahalli-Channasandra.
Announcing this at a programme organised at Baiyappanahalli railway station to flag off a new DEMU service between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield, Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar said, “The proposal has been recently sent by the Bangalore Division to the Railway Board for approval. Divisional Railway Manager R S Saxena deserves congratulations for taking these major initiatives.”
Specifying details, Senior Divisional Engineer (Co-ordination), Bangalore Division, Lakshman Singh told Express, “The Baiyappanahalli-Hosur route which runs to nearly 50 kms is estimated to cost Rs 390 crore while the 22-km route proposed along Yesvantpur-Hebbal-Banaswadi-Baiyappanahalli-Channasandra is estimated at Rs 180 crore.”
At 12.29 am, the DEMU departed from Platform-2 of the station after it was simultaneously flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu via remote from New Delhi and from Bangalore by Ananth Kumar, Bangalore Development Minister K J George and MP P C Mohan.MP Rajeev Gowda called upon the Railways to use its existing infrastructure in a smart way.
Need more trains
Bengaluru Central MP P C Mohan said the DEMU between these two points will decongest Whitefield. “We need two to three more sets of trains in this direction,” he said.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his speech telecast live said that the Centre had allocated Rs 3,174 crores for railway projects in state.
“The plan to modernise the Cantonment railway station had not received any bids for the tenders called,” said Divisional Railway Manager R S Saxena.
SEVERAL PLANS ON TRACK
Proposal sent to Railway Board for a third line between Bangalore Cantonment and Whitefield.
Proposal sent to State government for acquiring 9.5 acres of land from Binny Mill area for improving infrastructure at Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station.
Request for 40 acres of land in NGEF area from State for Banaswadi MEMU shed. Upgradation of maintenance facilities at Banaswadi.
Automatic signalling between Cantonment and Whitefield taken up with a target of September 2018
Meeting to take forward the Suburban services on Aug 24