All express trains should stop at Whitefield and KR puram: Transport Minister

As part of efforts to ease traffic congestion within the city, transport minister Ramalinga Reddy has requested the divisional railway manager (DRM) at a meeting held on April 12 to declare stops at Whitefield and Krishnarajapuram for all express trains.

Armed with the earlier success of the Hoodi Railway Station, residents and employees of the tech corridor had launched a new initiative to improve Bengaluru‘s mass transport. They even staged a protest by going on a hunger strike to seek suburban trains in February.

Citing an example to emphasise their demands, the protesting group, consisting mostly of techies, put forward that if one travelled to Bengaluru City Railway Station and boarded the Chamundi Express, which departed for Mysuru at 6.30 pm, all 22 coaches are usually packed. The reason is that there is no train to Mysuru after 3.30 pm except for a diesel-electric multiple unit to Ramanagaram. They emphasised that if there were frequent local trains to Mysuru (where the route has double tracks, except at Srirangapatna due to shifting of the Tipu Armoury), then thousands would benefit, and traffic would ease on Mysore Road.

“In the same way, local trains to Hoodi from different directions would immensely help the traffic in Whitefield. We hope that both the state government as well as Centre will take note of our protests and do something positive,” said a protesting techie. The transport minister was discussing railway-related issues in Whitefield. V Manjula, commissioner directorate of urban and land transport, said that the draft report regarding the Bangalore Suburban Rail Project had been submitted to the railways department.

Reddy said that there was an immediate need to take steps to resolve the traffic issues in Whitefield.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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