8 trains to Bengaluru tech suburbs from todayravi2710 | March 12, 2018 | 1 | Bangalore Metro
Four new suburban train services, which will be operational from Monday, will finally connect the Baiyappanahalli metro station to the technology suburbs of Bellandur and Electronic City.
The South Western Railway (SWR) will run MEMU services on the city railway station-Whitefield line and DEMU services on the Banaswadi-Hosur line six days a week.
With Bangalore Metro taking up construction of a rail line from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield, road traffic has become slow and elected representatives have been demanding short-distance train services to relieve the pain.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal announced the eight new services in Bengaluru on Friday. “A big relief to commuters between Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield & Hosur-Banaswadi, connecting IT hubs of the city to business areas,” he tweeted.
The train (no 06571) will originate from Banaswadi at 9.50 am and terminate at Hosur at 11 am. The train will stop for a minute at stations such as Baiyappanahalli, Bellandur road halt station, Carmelaram, Heelalige, and Anekal road station.
It will return from Hosur at 11.15am and reach Banaswadi at 12.25 pm. Another service (no 06573) will leave Banaswadi at 12.40pm and terminate at Hosur at 1.45pm. It leaves Hosur at 3.20pm and terminates at Banaswadi at 4.40pm.
The train will cover about 20 km from Baiyappanahalli to Bellandur in less than 30 minutes while the road journey takes nearly an hour.
It is the also the first time the Railways has introduced train services on the Hosur line via Baiyappanahalli. Currently, there are about 10 trains that run on the Hosur-Yesvantpur and Hosur-Bengaluru City sections.
“This is a great step from the Railways,” commuter rail activist Sanjeev Dyamannavar said. “It will help many more commuters to switch over to train services. Even those who reside in Sarjapur, Bellandur, and Anekal can easily reach the Baiyappanahalli metro station.” The Railways, he said, could extend these services from Banaswadi to Hebbal and reach more people.
Rama NS, CEO at Electronic City Industries Association (ELCIA) said her organisation will popularise new services among employees of different companies. “We will assess the demand and talk to BMTC to provide bus connectivity to the Heelalige railway station, which is six km from Electronics City,” she said.
The Railways has also introduced two new services from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield during non-peak hours. “We wanted a train service to Whitefield from the city around 11 am and another train to the Bengaluru city from Whitefield at 8 pm. The services introduced on Monday will not be of much use,” Sandeep Deshpande, a software professional, said.