In today’s edition, Bangalore Mirror brings to you the second part of its series — the suburban rail service that connects two major worlds. One, new and upwardly mobile, and the other, as old as the very soil itself. A ride between City station and tech hub Whitefield is, metaphorically, a journey from crowds to crowd-sourcing
A solution that saves time, money
When a city is connected by local railway, travelling becomes much more easy and quicker. On a certain occasion, when the city was going through a bus strike, I had to
Trains do run on the route between SBC and Whitefield, but the majority of the commuters want the trains to run on schedule.
Hope IR manages to keep up the timings of the local trains in accordance with Metro services
there is heavy rail traffic in the Bangalore city limits at morning hours as long distance trains come early in the morning due to which the MEMU gets delayed but my suggestion is let SWR rail controller give more priority to local MEMUs than expresses/passenger trains from other places.
The launch of Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) services on Monday will pacify those demanding a suburban rail service for now. But the implementation of a complete service to all parts of the city might be delayed as the Union and State governments negotiate the sharing of costs.
With the Railway Ministry reluctant to share half of the cost and the State government insisting upon the same, the conflict has reached a stalemate which will have to be solved on priority for the suburban rail project to be launched in earnest.
With developments like these, the common man tends to loose faith on the governing system. Its high time these "Public representatives" come together to reach a common ground for the upliftment of our city.
To give a push to the suburban rail projects which have been facing several hurdles since its inception, the state government has decided to make an initial investment of Rs 360 crore. Additional chief secretary of urban development Mahendra Jain said deliberations are on to implement the project. “The initial investment would help the railways operate MEMU railways and build the required infrastructure for the suburban rail.
The railways are already planning for MEMU services from city to Whitefield and Ramangara area. MEMU trains have more passenger carrying capacity than conventional trains. There is a proposal to start 16 services, and train operations will be done in accordance with the needs of people working in Whitefield.” The official said that the state
but, the GoK should consider the needs of people traveling from Doddaballapur, Tumkur, Chikkaballapur and Hosur too.
This is a small step that would lead to a widely spread suburban services in and around Bengaluru
It is still not possible in the ramanagaram area as the CRS inspection for SBC-MYS electrification is not complete and ESS at RMGM is not ready.
The Hosur line would take some time to see such services. Right now, there is no loop line between Karmelaram and Baiyyapanahalli to allow for crossings and only the Bellandur road station is present, which has practically no bus connectivity. Some upgrades are required before introducing local trains on this route. Luckily, the authorities showed some foresight by providing a facility to have a double line on all the bridges and culverts on the line ( The bridge over the Outer Ring road already has pillars and supports for a second line). These can be used to speed up the upgrades if GoK and BBMP work sincerely.
BENGALURU: To make good for the delay in introduction of a suburban rail service, the Bangalore Railway Division recently announced a list of trains to partially cover a segment of the proposed suburban route. In this connection, two Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) services to Whitefield will be run at timings convenient to IT professionals from January 17.
According to railway sources, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be coming to the city to flag off these services along with three services from here to Ramanagara on January 16. “The trains will be flagged off on January 16 evening and will run a short trip. The actual commercial run will begin the next morning (January 17),” they said.
After much if's and but's, finally a ray of light.
At last a relief for passengers
BENGALURU: If one is exasperated by the slow-moving traffic to Whitefield from the city's centre, one could try this from January 16: The Bengaluru division of South Western Railway (SWR) is introducing a new electric train -a mainline electric multiple unit (MEMU) -in the next fortnight.
The train also connects the city to Ramanagaram, the silk capital of Karnataka, located 50 km from the city on the Bengaluru-Mysuru road.
The proposed train will be a boon to professionals who commute to Whitefield from the city . The train originates at the Bengaluru City
This should help commuters travel by local trains rather than to shift to Metro at Byappanahalli or elsewhere
Hurry MEMU is getting started finally across city. Start of an era.
Bangalore city to Hosur further 6 services up and down are needed for IT. Industrial passenger