Karamelaram (CRLM): The Karamelaram Station, off Sarjapura in Bangalore is all set for a major upgrade soon, thanks to IT companies. Techies take trains from this station to reach workspots around Sarjapura Road. As a result, the station attracts significant traffic daily. Nearly 15 passenger trains stop over here daily, including trains like Kannur-Yeshwantpur Express, Salem- Yeshwantpur Passenger, Karaikal-Bangalore City Passenger and Ernakulam-Bangalore Intercity Express.
However, passenger facilities are far from satisfactory largely due to a resource crunch. “To redress this lacunae, we have now approached Infosys and Wipro to help improve amenities at Karmelaram station as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives,” said Sunanda Arul, Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) of the Bengaluru Division of South Western Railway.
“It is a win-win situation for both the parties since a large number of I-T professionals use the station,” the ADRM added. Among amenities planned are escalators, reverse osmosis water plants and wi-fi, she said. Creating proper access roads to the station is a big priority. It is likely to take a year to put in place all infrastructure at the station.
The station, located 24 km from the City station, was commissioned in January 2003. It falls under the E-category — stations which earn less than Rs 1 crore annually. “Around 500 to 1,000 commuters use the station daily,” said station master Channabasappa.
There is much that needs to be done at the station. There is no overhead footbridge for passengers to cross over from Platform 1 to Platform 2 and so the only way to do so is to go across the tracks. “It causes immense inconvenience to passengers, especially senior citizens,” said a railway source. “It is difficult to cross, but what can we do?” said Shobha, a domestic help who works in the flats adjacent to the railway tracks. The length of Platform 2 is just 600 metres, but it needs to be more than 1,000 metres. Non-availability of water, restrooms or security personnel are other serious issues.