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ವೈಟ್ ಫೀಲ್ಡ್     व्हाइट फील्ड

Track: Double Electric-Line

Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 4
Number of Halting Trains: 45
Number of Originating Trains: 1
Number of Terminating Trains: 1
Maithri Layout, Kadugodi, Bangalore, 560067
State: Karnataka
Elevation: 874 m above sea level
Zone: SWR/South Western
Division: KSR Bengaluru (Bangalore)
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Yesterday (08:16)  Suburban rail: No consensus yet on cost-sharing (www.thehindu.com)
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News Entry# 291389     
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Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
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Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
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Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
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Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
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Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
Station Tag: Shivamogga (Shimoga)/SME added by karbang/50057

Posted by: karbang  17 news posts
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.
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a function where Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched several projects on Monday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah requested the Minister to reconsider the cost-sharing pattern laid out in the draft suburban rail policy of the Railway Ministry.
The State has requested a 50:50 cost-sharing ratio for the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which will co-ordinate the execution of the suburban rail project. In its draft policy, the Ministry has proposed equity sharing of 20 per cent by both Union and State governments with the remaining 60 per cent to be arranged by loan funds or other sources.
In addition, the State government would also have to bear the cost of land acquisition, leasing of land from the Railways as well as resettlement and rehabilitation. Defending the proposal, Mr. Prabhu said: “It is no longer possible for the Union government to finance infrastructure projects entirely from the budget. Our proposal will ensure that neither the State nor the Centre will be burdened.”
However, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the State could not pay the costs involved, as land acquisition and costs were high in Bengaluru.
Namma Metro Phase II to be ready by 2020
Commuters waiting for Phase II of Namma Metro to start operations will be able to take a ride on the around 72 km network by March 2020, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Monday.
He was speaking after conducting a review meeting of various projects under implementation by civic agencies such as the Bangalore Development Authority, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation and others.
“BMRCL has told me that Phase I will be commissioned by April. They have also expressed confidence of completing Phase II by March 2020. For Phase 2A, which will connect the Outer Ring Road, the cost will be ₹4,200 crore and BMRCL has asked us for financial assistance which we will try to provide,” he said.
Launch of MEMU trains
The launch of Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains – which will see a total of five trips being added to the daily train timetable between Bengaluru and its suburbs of Ramanagaram and Whitefield – brought cheer to thousands of supporters of the suburban rail project in the city.
“Today is a historic day for Bengaluru. The success of the citizens movement is bringing both the Centre and State together to recognise the urgent need for suburban trains,” said Tara Krishnaswamy, co-ordinator, Citizens for Bengaluru, a group which organised the #ChukuBukuBeku campaign recently.
Recalling the long standing demand for a suburban rail for the city, H.N. Ananth Kumar, MP, Bengaluru South, said, “I had raised the request for a circular rail during my maiden speech in Parliament in 1995. This is a tremendous step forward towards a full-fledged suburban rail system for Bengaluru.”
Mr. Prabhu also flagged off a tri-weekly express train between Shivamogga and KSR station.
Jan 14 2017 (11:49)  Will Bengaluru finally see a rail of hope? (bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com)
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News Entry# 291227   Blog Entry# 2126713     
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Jan 14 2017 (11:49)
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Jan 14 2017 (11:49)
Station Tag: Ramanagaram/RMGM added by karbang/50057

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Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by karbang/50057

Posted by: karbang  17 news posts
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
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government has also felt the need for forming a special purpose vehicle to implement the project.
The official said that as per the comprehensive plan, the suburban rail project would cost Rs 9,000 crore. “The state government has already given its replies on the project. There are some issues on cost sharing, use of existing infrastructure and others. Deliberations are on to take up the project in a phased manner. The state government has felt the need for an initial investment to kickstart the project”.

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Jan 14 2017 (11:51)
karbang   26 blog posts
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Hurray!!!
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

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Jan 14 2017 (15:30)
Prometh Suresh   101 blog posts   180 correct pred (63% accurate)
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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.

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Jan 14 2017 (16:22)
180 years of Railways in India~   2110 blog posts
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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.
Jan 10 2017 (09:17)  Commercial run of MEMU train to Whitefield will start from January 17 (www.newindianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 290904   Blog Entry# 2122078     
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Jan 10 2017 (09:18)
Station Tag: Kuppam/KPN added by Design Engineer at Johnson controls~/1264560

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Jan 10 2017 (09:18)
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Station Tag: Bengaluru East (Bangalore)/BNCE added by Design Engineer at Johnson controls~/1264560

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Station Tag: Bengaluru Cantt. (Bangalore)/BNC added by Design Engineer at Johnson controls~/1264560

Jan 10 2017 (09:18)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by Design Engineer at Johnson controls~/1264560

Posted by: Design Engineer at Johnson controls~  37 news posts
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.
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of the services will run exclusively to Whitefield while the second service will stop at Whitefield enroute Kuppam. Three pairs of trains to Ramanagara, two of them evening trains, will also be launched on that day.
The MEMU to Whitefield will leave Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna railway station at 8.45 am and reach Whitefield at 9.40 am. In the return direction, it will leave Whitefield at 10.30 am and reach KSR at 11.10 am. The second train will leave KSR at 11.20 am and reach Kuppam at 1.45 pm. It will leave Kuppam at 2.45 pm and return to KSR at 5.20 pm. The trains will stop at Cantonment, Bengaluru East, Baiyappanahalli, KR Puram and Hoodi stations in both directions.
“With the Suburban Draft Policy making the state government solely responsible for putting in place a suburban network and calling for new infrastructure solely for suburban trains, Railways is now relived of playing the key role in putting in place the suburban service,” added a railway official.
The services between KSR and Ramanagara will have stops at Nayandahalli, Kengeri, Hejjala and Bidadi.
The timings of the proposed morning service is as follows: leave KSR at 5.20 am and reach Ramanagara at 6.15 am; In the return direction, leave Ramanagaram at 7 am and KSR at 8.40 am.

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Jan 10 2017 (10:08)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4043 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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After much if's and but's, finally a ray of light.

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Jan 10 2017 (13:04)
Design Engineer at Johnson controls~   280 blog posts   1 correct pred (50% accurate)
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At last a relief for passengers
Jan 06 2017 (08:56)  Suburban train likely to bring down travel time and traffic snarls in Bengaluru (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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News Entry# 290569   Blog Entry# 2117456     
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Jan 06 2017 (9:00AM)
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Posted by: karbang  17 news posts
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
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Railway Station. While it makes one trip to Whitefield in the morning at 8.45 am, the train will make three trips to Ramanagaram from the city railway station on six days a week except Sunday . The train also connects Kuppam of Andhra Pradesh from city in the noon via Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield.
Right now, the Bengaluru Railway Division operates three MEMU trains, six diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU) and as many as 27 conventional passenger trains. Each DEMU and MEMU train has eight coaches and has a carrying capacity of over 1,000 passengers.
Earlier, the Marikuppam-KR Puram electric train was extended up to Baiyappanahalli inside the city, and the Kolar-Bengaluru train was extended up to Channapatna, making train travel possible for a greater number of suburban commuters.
As indicated by the #chukubukubeku campaign, there are many more train services that are clear alternatives to the traffic snarls on the city's roads.
As of now, there are 31 train services towards Whitefield, 22 services towards Doddaballapura, 19 services to Mysuru, 21 services to Tumukuru and 12 services towards Hosur from Bengaluru City. Data show that about 65 to 70 lakh people use these trains every month.

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Jan 06 2017 (08:59)
karbang   26 blog posts
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This should help commuters travel by local trains rather than to shift to Metro at Byappanahalli or elsewhere

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Jan 06 2017 (09:24)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4043 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Hurry MEMU is getting started finally across city. Start of an era.

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Jan 06 2017 (15:29)
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Bangalore city to Hosur further 6 services up and down are needed for IT. Industrial passenger
Dec 23 2016 (09:49)  Railways instals PoS machines at 73 reservation counters (www.deccanherald.com)
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Dec 23 2016 (9:49AM)
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Dec 23 2016 (9:49AM)
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Posted by: karbang  17 news posts
Buying reserved train tickets from counters of South Western Railway (SWR), Bengaluru division, will be easier. The railways have started installing point of sale (PoS) machines at as many as 73 reservation counters.
“We have started installing PoS machines at different counters of Bengaluru division. The facility will also be made available at parcel counters, where payments can be made using debit and credit cards,” Sanjeev Agarwal, divisional manager, SWR, told reporters. This facility, however, is not available at unreserved counters, he noted.
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60% of the tickets are booked online. We normally earn Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh from freight charges and Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh from ticket fares daily. However, there has seen a drop of 10% in the revenue during the last one month. With digital adoption, we hope to increase patronage,” he added. Agarwal said the sale of monthly passes has gone up to 65,000, an increase of 10%.
Baiyappanahalli terminal
On the proposal of upgrading Baiyappanahalli railway station as a third terminal, Agarwal said: “The civil work for constructing three pitlines for the maintenance of trains and seven platforms has already started. On completion, around 16 train services could be started from here. This is expected to be ready in 2018,” he said. Besides, Agarwal said as many as 2.52 lakh cases were booked against ticketless travellers till November this year. “With this, we have collected a revenue of Rs 12 crore. It was Rs 8 crore during the corresponding period last year,” he said.
New MEMU train
SWR has proposed to introduce three new Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna railway station (Bengaluru City) to Ramanagaram, Whitefield and Kuppam. “We have got three rakes (a set of coaches) from the Indian Railways. In a month, there will be three MEMU train services from Bengaluru City to Ramanagaram, one train service to Whitefield and another to Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh, 130 km from Bengaluru City railway station.
The train has been scheduled to depart from Bengaluru City railway station at 5.20 am and reach Ramanagaram at 6.14 am. It departs from Ramanagaram at 7 am and returns to Bengaluru City at 8.40 am. From here, it departs at 8.45 am for Whitefield, where it arrives at 9.40 am. On its return journey, it leaves Whitefield at 10.30 am and arrives at Bengaluru City railway station at 11.10 am. The same train leaves Bengaluru City at 11.40 am and arrives at Kuppam at 1.50 pm with a halt at Whitefield. The train then leaves Kuppam at 2.45 pm and reaches Bengaluru City at 5.15 pm with a halt at Whitefield. The MEMU leaves Bengaluru at 5.25 pm and reaches Ramanagaram at 6.30 pm. It leaves Ramanagaram for Bengaluru at 6.35 pm and reaches the city railway station at 7.50 pm. After a 10-minute halt, it returns to Ramanagaram at 9.10 pm. It leaves Ramanagaram at 9.55 and terminates at Bengaluru City railway station at 11.10 pm.
SWR also has plans to convert 15 conventional (passenger) trains into MEMU trains. “We have sought financial support of Rs 360 crore from the state government. The funds will be used to convert passenger trains into MEMU trains, which increase passenger capacity from 1,000 to 2,500,” he said. DH had carried a report ‘Government may partially meet commuter rail demand’ on Tuesday.
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Shatabdi fare to Mysuru Rs 300
Sanjeev Agarwal, divisional manager, SWR said the fare on Chennai Central-Mysuru Shatabdi Express between Bengaluru City and Mysuru has been reduced from Rs 440 to Rs 300. Besides, there has been a reduction of 10% in the tatkal quota in Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains. Also, railways has introduced 10% rebate in the basic fare on vacant berths after preparation of the first chart. The 10% discount shall also be applicable for allotment of vacant berths (when passengers don’t show up) in the train by TTEs.
Dec 22 2016 (10:14)  Railways to start morning service to Whitefield in a month's time (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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Dec 22 2016 (10:14AM)
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Posted by: Hareesh Mangalam  1169 news posts
Here's some good news for suburban railway campaigners, techies and corporates working in Whitefield. South Western Railway (SWR) will run a service between Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru City) station at Majestic and Whitefield in a month's time. The train, which will depart from KSR Station at 8.45am, will reach Whitefield by 9.40 in the morning.
SWR officials said the train service between Ramanagara and Bengaluru will be extended to accommodate this trip. At present, there are three trips between Ramanagara and Bengaluru. The first starts at 5.20am from KSR Station to Ramanagara.The train returns to the city at 8.45am, after departing from Ramanagara at 7am.
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train will be rerout edextended and will reach Whitefield at 9.40am. The train will return to KSR (Bengaluru city) at 11.10am, after departing from Whitefield at 10.30am. “This will help ease peak-hour traffic and benefit many who travel to Whitefield,“ said Sanjiv Agarwal, division railway manager of Bengaluru division, SWR. The train will stop at Cantonment, Bengaluru east, Byappanahalli, KR Puram and Hoodi stations en route Whitefield.
Even though the new train service will provide relief to many , people have their share of doubts. During the recent campaign for a suburban railway line, the problem of delays in short services was highlighted. “Yes, there are problems. The KSR-Bengaluru station is congested in terms of railway operations. Mechanical problems or delay in auxiliary services could delay schedules. However, short-distance trains will be given priority ,“ said Agarwal.
Speaking of other plans, he said work in Byappanahalli railway station has begun and seven platforms and three pit lines should be ready by 2018. Once this is done, at least 15-16 trains can be diverted to Byappanahalli, decongesting Bengaluru.
Also, 15 trains would be converted from Diesel Multiple Unit trains to Mainline Electric Multiple Unit trains. This will increase passenger capacity of these trains from 1,000 to 2,500 and also reduce the turnaround time. The Railways has requested Rs 360 crore from the state government for the same project, he said.
Dec 22 2016 (09:57)  Bengaluru will hear Chuku Buku soon: Railways to start morning service to Whitefield (www.thenewsminute.com)
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Dec 22 2016 (9:57AM)
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Posted by: RAVI PRAJAPATI*^~  926 news posts
South-Western Railways (SWR) is all set to run a morning train service from Majestic to Whitefield in Bengaluru.
The train that starts from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru City) station at Majestic at 8 45 am will reach Whitefield in less than an hour’s time, reports The Times of India.
The train service between Ramanagara and Bengaluru will be extended to make this possible in a month’s time.
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first train from Bengaluru to Ramanagara departs at 5 20 am, that returns to Bengaluru City at 8 45 am. This service will be further extended to Whitefield and will return back to Bengaluru city at 11.10 am.
The decision comes days after a citizen forum Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) launched a campaign “Chuku Buku Beku” demanding a well-connected suburban local train network in the city.
The campaign on Saturday saw many citizens take a rail yatra from Cantonment station to Whitefiled in KSR-Bangarpet MEMU, to highlight the necessity of local trains. A day after this, Union Minister Ananth Kumar assured that development works will be taken up soon.
The new train service is extended to decongest the city, of the heavy traffic in the peak hours of morning.
“This will help ease peak-hour traffic and benefit many who travel to Whitefield,” Sanjiv Agarwal, division railway manager of Bengaluru division, SWR, told TOI. He added that the train will halt at Cantonment, Bengaluru east, Byappanahalli, KR Puram and Hoodi stations.
Dec 21 2016 (08:22)  Government may partially meet commuter rail demand (www.deccanherald.com)
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Dec 21 2016 (8:22AM)
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Posted by: karbang  17 news posts
Under public pressure to start a suburban train service in Bengaluru, the South Western Railway (SWR) is likely to introduce new trains on two existing lines that connect the city centre with the suburbs.
More trains could run from Bengaluru City to Bangarpet (via Whitefield) and Ramanagaram, given the feasibility to operate the services on the two lines. The two lines have been listed under Phase A, Stage 1, of the Bengaluru suburban railway project, whose detailed project report (DPR) was prepared by RITES, a Central government-owned engineering consultancy.
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discussion with the railways, it has been decided to introduce new trains on these lines on priority. This can be done faster using the existing infrastructure.
It’s also possible to add more trains on the Yeshwantpur-Tumakuru railway line,” a state government official, who oversees the city’s suburban project, told DH.
Phase A, Stage 1, entails introduction of seven new services or replacement of 15 existing conventional trains with Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains. This will cost Rs 360 crore and needs the approval of the state Cabinet, he noted.
“Once the state government agrees to fund the project, it will take six to eight months to procure a rake (a group of coaches) and complete the signalling work. The electric-powered trains have engines and can move in both directions without having to take a turn like conventional trains,” the official said.
An extensive suburban train project for Bengaluru has been proposed to be spread over three stages and estimated to cost Rs 9,000 crore. It involves commuter train services from Bengaluru City to Hosur (41 km), Doddaballapur (37 km), Ramanagaram (46 km), Tumakuru (64 km), Chikkaballapur (57 km), Bangarpet (84 km) and Nelamangala (27 km).
According to K N Krishna Prasad of Karnataka Railway Vedike, all lines except the Lottegollahalli-Hosur stretch (via Hebbal and Banaswadi) are doubled and electrified, which makes it easy to introduce the suburban train services.
Urban mobility analyst Sanjeev Dyamannavar, however, said more commuter trains on the two routes would be of little help unless the railways prioritised them over outbound services. “Besides conventional passenger trains, the city has three MEMU and DEMU trains each. It would be difficult for people to switch to commuter services unless the SWR increases their frequency,” he added.

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Dec 24 2016 (13:17)
Prometh Suresh   101 blog posts   180 correct pred (63% accurate)
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welcome
Dec 16 2016 (13:15)  Citizens come together to demand commuter rail system for Bengaluru (yourstory.com)
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Dec 16 2016 (1:16PM)
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Posted by: karbang  17 news posts
With little work done on the commuter rail project announced by the Railways in the current rail budget, Bengaluru’s citizens, fed up with the constant traffic gridlock and the snail-paced progress of the Metrorail, have started a public movement to hasten the suburban rail system.
The movement, Chuku Buku Railu Beku (a child’s phrase for a train in Kannada), has asked people on social media to board the Bangalore-Bangarpet train on December 17 that starts at 9 am at City Railway Station and travel in it till Whitefield, a city suburb, picking up supporters on the way at every halt.
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urban transport is a state subject, the union railway minister, Suresh Prabhu, had announced in the current budget that the city would get a commuter rail system, with the state government sharing cost equally with the Centre.
According to the Railways, unless three pit lines and a coaching depot are constructed at Byappanahalli yard, suburban trains cannot be operated, as all tracks leading out of Bengaluru are saturated. Once completed, this depot would enable long-distance trains to be parked and serviced here and reduce congestion at the City and Yeswanthpur stations, thereby making way for a commuter rail system. However, work on the third pit line has come to a halt with the Karnataka government not releasing its share of the funds yet.
Speaking to YourStory, Srinivas Alavalli, a proactive member from Citizens against Steel Flyover, says,
The agenda is to replicate a movement like the one against the steel flyover. We have volunteers joining at every station en route. The 35-minute ride has many well known Bengaloreans joining in, including music director Raghu Dixit.
A RITES study had projected that a suburban rail network around Bengaluru could easily carry up to 35 lakh passengers per day.
Such a system would take a lot of pressure off the city’s roads, which are choking with more than 65 lakh vehicles for a population of just one crore.
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which operates 6,700 city buses, carries 51 lakh commuters every day, according to Ramalinga Reddy, state transport minister. Any more addition of buses would lead to more congestion and pollution.
The city’s Namma Metro currently carries nearly two lakh commuters a day, and once the entire Phase I network is ready early next year, it is expected to carry up to five lakh passengers. The extensions to the Metro from Byappanahalli to Whitefield, the tech hub, will be ready only by 2020. The Outer Ring Road Metrorail corridor is expected to carry more than 10 lakh users per day, but this proposal is yet to be cleared by the state cabinet.
“It is sad that the state government has not released a small amount needed for a suburban rail project that will benefit all of Bengaluru while it is pushing full steam ahead with the steel flyover between Chalukya Circle and Hebbal, which is costing in excess of Rs 1,800 crore for just 6.7 km. An extension planned at the Hebbal end will again increase the cost by Rs 400 crore or so,” says Alavalli.
“A suburban railway fills the gap till the Metro becomes fully operational, and moreover, it can be used to take the pressure off the roads as there are railway tracks leading out of Bengaluru in every direction except the south. The state government should immediately establish a Special Project Vehicle (SPV) on the lines of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Nigam and appoint a managing director for this project. The SPV will plan how many diesel or electric rakes are required, upgrade the signalling network, and plan routes and frequencies,” says Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha MP P.C. Mohan.
A railway officer concurs, saying that the SPV could look into even creating additional lines that could eventually lead to dedicated suburban lines like those in Mumbai and Chennai.
Mohan is the first MP in the country to use his MPLAD funds, worth Rs 2.74 crore, to build a railway station and other facilities at Hoodi halt, used by techies and students who travel by inter-city or long-distance trains.
“As people used to get down along the tracks near Hoodi and hop on and off passing trains, after requests from travellers, we planned a proper halt and station building, along with an approach road. The Hoodi station (between KR Puram and Whitefield) already caters to more than 2,000 passengers, and in the future will be part of the planned commuter rail system for Bengaluru,” he says.
When asked if the CSF had shifted its focus from the Steel Flyover to the suburban train, Alavalli says,
The focus has shifted from `say no to steel flyover’ to ` say yes to suburban rail’. We are very confident of leaving a positive impact.
The team has also initiated a tweet-a-thon, starting December 15 night.
“The state government should play the role of a catalyst here and use railway lines, which are a national asset, to start a dedicated commuter rail service connecting various parts of the city as well as satellite towns, including those up to 100 km away,” says an activist.
Railway tracks originating from City Station extend towards the nearby towns of Tumkur, Doddaballapur, Chikkaballapur, Bangarpet, Hosur and Mysore.
With another railway budget coming up in a few weeks, the state government has already lost precious time. One only hopes an SPV is started so that Bengalureans can get an alternative mode of public transport and reduce their dependency on two and four wheelers.

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Dec 17 2016 (08:32)
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Wishing all the members and enthusiasts all the very best for Today's (17 Dec 2016) Campaign #ChukuBukuBeku. Hope this will be an eye-opener for GoK and MLAs and MPs
Dec 12 2016 (09:37)  CITY'S IT FOLK ARE DITCHING CARS AND JUMPING ON TO TRAINS TO TRAVEL TO WORK (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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Dec 12 2016 (9:37AM)
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Dec 12 2016 (9:37AM)
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Bellandur to Hebbal in 35 minutes, at a cost of `10. No way? Way! That is if you are like around 2,000 city folk who have said goodbye to traffic jams and the pain (physical and otherwise) of travelling 30-35 kms a day (one-way) to and from work. And they have managed to do this by junking their carsbikes and jumping on to a train instead.
While many debates have been held off late about the proposed measures being taken by the government to ease traffic congestion in the city, a quiet few have made the switch to traveling on outstation trains that stop at railway stations across the city. Bengaluru does not have a local train network like Mumbai or Chennai,
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which is why many people don't even know that there are railway stations in, say , Whitefield and Bellandur, where one can catch a train to go across the city to destinations like Hebbal and Lottegollahalli. For six years, techie Suhas Narayanamurthy was travelling from his home in Yelahanka to his offices in Electronics City, Whitefield and Bellandur on his two-wheeler. As a result, he was bed-ridden after suffering a slipped disc due to the long-distance travel on his scooter. Suhas was aware of a train station near his house, and 23 months ago, in an attempt to find an alternative mode of travel, he thought about checking if there was one near his office at RMZ Ecoworld in Bellandur. “To my surprise, I found that there are two stations close to my office -Carmelaram Railway Station and Bellandur Road Railway Station.I tried taking the train to work one day , and have been doing so since. My travel time has reduced drastically , and I come back home fresh and have more time to spend with my family . I am also saving a lot of money ,“ says Suhas.
After realizing the benefits of travelling by train, Suhas started the social media page Namma City Express to spread awareness among city folk who can benefit from the train service. Word spread quickly as people shared the information on the page; it has so far been shared with two lakh people across the globe.
Manju Janarthanan, a lead consultant who works at ITC Infotech, travels from Carmelaram Railway Station to Banaswadi Railway Station and back every day .And she covers this distance in a span of 20 minutes.Manju has not only been reaping the physical and psychological benefits of not travelling by road, but switching to train travel has also helped her retain her job.“Travelling to work used to take 1.15 hours by bike, and two hours by car and bus (one is required to change two buses). I have a young child, and I was thinking about quitting my job because of the distance. I discussed this with a colleague, who asked me to try travelling by train instead. It turned out to be a life-saving option and has helped me retain my job. The trains are not always on time, but there are around 1,900 people who give real-time updates of where each train is via the Trainspotters group on Telegram. This way , not just me, but many other women have benefited from travelling by train,“ she says.
Many people also club Metro and train travel, as the Baiyappanahalli Metro Station is a short walk from the Baiyappanahalli Railway Station.
Although travelling by train has eased stress and reduced travel time considerably , a common complaint is the frequency of the trains.Chaitra Ramesh, an analyst, who lives in Yelahanaka and works at RMZ Ecoworld, takes a train from Hebbal Railway Station to Bellandur Railway Station -a journey that takes 20-25 minutes and costs `10 -only when she is in the general shift, as the timings are not feasible when she works in the US shift. To tackle this issue, Suhas has been in touch with Gopinath, s senior divisional opera tionals manager, South Western Railways, who is also in charge of the s timetable for trains, and , Sanjay Agarwal, the division al railway manager. To making travel to and from the stations easier, T Prabhakar, former KSRTC chairman, is helping arrange a BMTC bus shuttle service from the rail way stations to tech parks, and vice versa. These buses will not ply on the main roads, but will approach the tech parks from the back gates.
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