BANGALORE: A meeting was held between Railway Officials and Government of Karnataka at Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru on Thursday last, to discuss various issues regarding development of Railways in Karnataka in general and Bengaluru in particular. The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary of Govt. of Karnataka along with General Manager of South Western Railway and other senior Railway officials. Additional Chief Secretary/Infrastructure, Additional Chief Secretary Urban Development, MD BMRCL and State Govt. officials also participated in the meeting.
Railway gave detailed presentation about existing short distance services being run by Railways within Bengaluru area to cater to commuters, MOU with state government and land issues. It was brought out that presently 94 short distance services are being run by Railways through various sections in and around Bengaluru. It was noted that that for considering running of additional services, infrastructure of present railway network needs to be augmented in a big way with doubling/quadrupling of Railway lines, Electrification and automatic Signaling. Certain infrastructural works for cost sharing like Doubling of Hosur-Baiyyappanahalli line, 3rd and 4th lines between Bangalore and Whitfield, doubling of Hebbal line, Airport connectivity etc were discussed.
Meanwhile plan for conversion of existing services to MEMU will continue. State Government was also requested to develop approach to the New Baiyyappanahalli terminal under construction and the Banaswadi station which are going to be used shortly for long distance trains. BMRCL was asked to share information on Metro alignments near existing Railway stations for better integration. Railway also requested for early handing over of small patch of defense land on Old Madras Road side of Road over bridge to complete the old important unfinished ROB work.