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WFD/Whitefield (4 PFs)
ವೈಟ್ ಫೀಲ್ಡ್     व्हाइट फील्ड

Track: Double Electric-Line

Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 4
Number of Halting Trains: 47
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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Jun 18 2017 (13:43)  SUBURBAN RAIL IS A HIT WITH TECHIES IN BENGALURU (bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com)
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Jun 18 2017 (13:43)
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Jun 18 2017 (13:43)
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Jun 18 2017 (13:43)
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Jun 18 2017 (13:43)
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Posted by: NEED MORE TRAINS AT BAY~  126 news posts
Train ridership is going up slowly but steadily as Bengalureans start leaving their cars home
All eyes will be on Namma Metro from Sunday as it connects the four corners of the city. Some 4 lakh people are expected to take the Metro and experts say traffic will come down by around 15-20 per cent. This is really great news for Bengaluru. And there’s more.
Away from the glare of the air-conditioned underground stations and spanking new cars, Metro’s poor country cousin – suburban rail – has been quietly sweating it out and
slowly but steadily gaining in popularity.
This sea change defies all logic. It just shouldn’t have been; most of the train timings don’t suit office-goers, approach roads to stations are a nightmare at most places and stations hardly have any facilities to write home about. Yet, Bengalureans are going out of their way to patronize the suburban trains.
MS Vinugopal works as a project manager with a multinational software company. Bangalore Mirror caught up with him at Carmelaram station when he was boarding a train to work. “My back pains have gone and even the cost incurred for traveling to work has come down drastically. I get to spend more time with my family by avoiding the city’s chaotic traffic bottlenecks that have become synonymous with the city’s tech corridors of Bellandur, Electronics City, Hebbal and Yeshvanthpur.”
Vinugopal switched jobs over two months back. He now works out of Manyata Tech Park; for eight years he worked in Bellandur at a company located in RMZ Ecoworld. He bought a house in Bellandur as he wanted to stay close to his workplace. Yet, he had to leave home by 8 for his shift that began at 10.30 am; and the drive to office took a toll on his health.
“A month back, I learned about Carmelaram station while reading a story on suburban trains and train timings in Bangalore Mirror. Now I take the 9:15 am train that connects three major tech parks along the Hosur-Yeshvantpur railway line. It takes me less than 40 minutes to reach my office in Manyata Tech Park which has good connectivity with Banaswadi Railway Station. This has helped me work better and my stress levels have come down as I don’t have to drive to work,” he said.
Footfalls have increased at the Carmelaram station (located on Gunjr-Doddakannelli Road, off Sarjapur Road) and the Bellandur Road railway station in the past few weeks. Not just techies, but people residing around the city’s tech corridors like Whitefield, Sarjapur, Bellandur and Hebbal have started using these lesser known stations either to get to Bangalore Central or Yeshvanthpur to catch long distance trains, or to get to these stations for a shorter onward journey towards their workplace in a cab.
Sample this: In 2015, hardly anybody boarded the train from Carmelaram station. Today, an average of 2,000 people take the train from this station every day (it could just be due to the summer vacations but we like to be optimistic).
Abhigna S, HR manager with a software company said, “Earlier I use to take the office cab from my home in Sarjapur to my office in Hebbal. My husband’s office is on outer ring road near Sarjapur and hence we bought a house there. It was getting difficult for me to maintain a work-life balance due to the commute. I used to start at 9 am and reach office after a couple of hours on the road. The return journey used to be just as hectic.
“Two months back, I got to know from a friend about the Carmelaram station. It was within walking distance from my house. The train timings suited me just fine and now I reach office in 35 minutes. The journey is quite safe as many women working in the tech corridor travel by train.”
Trainspotters, a group on messaging app Telegram, has around 2,000 members who update train timings and other details through animal emojis. Bangalore Mirror caught up with some of them when it boarded a “dog” train from Carmelaram station.
Krish Hanumanthu, an entrepreneur, said: “I am still struggling to get a hang of the group because I am new to train travel. But people who know it well get ready according to the time being flashed on the group, grab their breakfast and walk into the station just in time to catch the train. I don’t think travelling could get any better.”
Shashank Gowda, assistant manager with a software company said, “I shifted to Bengaluru from Hyderabad a month back and am currently staying with my brother who works at ITPL and stays in Bellandur. I started taking the train to my office in Manyata Tech Park. Now I have put plans to shifting to Hebbal on the back burner.”
Sanjeev V Dyamannavar from Praja RAAG, an advocacy group that has been pushing for suburban rail, said, “The buzz around the suburban railway network is making trains a preferred mode of transportation among techies. This mass mode of transport will help curb traffic and pollution.”
There has been quite a bit of lip service from the government on the suburban rail network but no real change on the ground. The Centre and Karnataka governments are at loggerheads over the funding pattern — the draft policy suggests that the Centre and state pay 20 per cent each and the rest be raised from the market with the State standing guarantor. Karnataka, however, wants a 50:50 funding pattern. Till this issue is resolved, there won’t be any fundamental change in the suburban rail network.
Like most other things in Bengaluru, techies will just have to find a way out for themselves.
Ipe Walliaveetil, who works with an NGO, said: “Not much has been done on the suburban railway frontier. Barring a few trains, not all run on time. If this can be checked, then train travel will attract more passengers. Also, the state government should work on providing better last mile connectivity from stations like Banaswadi, Byapannahalli and Hebbal.
Jun 08 2017 (04:34)  Science Express chugs into Whitefield station (www.thehindu.com)
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Jun 08 2017 (04:34)
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The train, with exhibits on climate change, will head to Kengeri railway station on Friday, before leaving the city on June 11
There is a new train in town and it has caught the attention of hundreds of children! The second edition of the Science Express-Climate Action Special, arrived at Whitefield railway station in the city on Tuesday, and will remain here till Thursday.
The train, which is on its ninth tour around the country, started from Safdarjung railway station in February this year. Visitors can see climate change concepts and news displayed
across 13 coaches, which include topics that will help students understand the impact, mitigation and adaptation of several species to climate change. The coaches will also have exhibitions put up by the Department of Biotechnology, the National Innovation Foundation, and will also have a hands-on lab termed ‘Joy of Science’.
The train arrived in Whitefield from Kalluru in Telangana and will move to Kengeri station on Friday, before leaving the city on June 11. The train will have halted at 68 stations across the country by the time it ends its tour in September, covering 19,000 km.
For more information, visit the website www.scienceexpress.in
School children can register for the lab in batches of 20 by calling 09428405407. The exhibition will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Entry is free.
Jun 05 2017 (04:39)  As metro work begins at Whitefield,bangalore. residents ask for greater connectivity through suburban rail (timesofindia.com)
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Jun 05 2017 (04:39)
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Jun 05 2017 (04:39)
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Bengaluru: Although the metro is likely to decongest the streets of Whitefield once it starts operations on the Byappanahalli-Whitefield stretch, residents of the area are urging authorities to provide them with alternative modes of transport in the interim period.
Work on the line has already commenced, and around 80 buildings have been demolished along the 15.5km-stretch that will be dotted by 13 metro stations. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) is widening the road along this line, before taking up construction of pillars on the median. However, Whitefield residents and commuters are not willing to buy BMRC's argument that Namma Metro work won't hamper vehicular movement, in an area infamous for traffic gridlocks.
groups such as Whitefield Rising, and resident welfare associations of KR Puram and other surrounding areas are pressing civic bodies to provide connectivity between Byappanaalli and Whitefield through Multiple Electrical Mechanical Unit (MEMU) trains to decongest the roads.
Narasimha Murthy, a resident of Vijayanagar, travels to Hoodi for work every day. Having tried all available means of transport, Murthy has come to the conclusion that suburban train is the most convenient. "It's great to travel by metro from Byapanahalli to Mysuru Road. But, it's a challenge to get to Byappanahalli station. Suburban train is cheaper and faster. But only two trains are operating right now, and neither suits my schedule. Also, the trains occasionally stop between stations, sometimes for nearly an hour. We need trains running every 15 minutes," he added.
Pravir B, a member of Whitefield Rising, told TOI that deadlines meant little to the city's civic agencies. "Besides people coming to Whitefield from all parts of the city, residents also commute to the central parts of Bengaluru for work or on business on a daily basis. A one-way journey from Whitefield to the Central Business District takes 90 minutes on any of the three routes - via KR Puram, Doddanekundi or Marathahalli. When metro work starts on the KR Puram-ITPL corridor, vehicles coming to Whitefield from the centre of the city will take the route either via Doddanekundi or Marathahalli. These two routes have major bottlenecks, and travel time is only likely to increase owing to diversion of traffic," he added.
Pravir said that schoolchildren would be affected the most by the increase in traffic. "We have received no updates from the directorate of urban land transport on implementing the suburban rail project. Our only request is that more trains be operated along the route," he said.
RN Hegde, a member of the Whitefield Area Commerce and Industries Association, said that many companies were planning to shift shop to Malur. "We're trying to understand how the GST rollout will affect our business. However, metro work and the monsoon are likely to have an adverse impact on companies housed in Whitefield. Many have already wound up operations here, and relocated to Malur, since some of their properties were acquired, either partially or completely by BMRC. Government authorities do not touch residential apartments, but penalise industries," Hegde said.
BMRC hopes to complete work on line in 2-3 years
BMRC said that it will undertake work on the Byappanahalli-Whitefield line in two phases, and hopes to complete work in two to three years. The corporation has already paid Rs 650 crore to acquire property from around 100 entities between Mahadevapura and ITPL. It will have to shell out at least Rs 200 crore more to acquire land along the 4km-stretch between Byappanahalli and Mahadevapura.
It has also tendered the shifting of utilities at a total cost of Rs 76.9 crore.
Don't know why state govt has not expedited suburban rail project: PC Mohan
Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan, in whose constituency Whitefield falls, wrote to chief minister Siddaramaiah expressing anguish over the state government's failure to form a special purpose vehicle for the implementation of the suburban rail project.
Karnataka has raised objections to the funding pattern for the suburban rail project finalised the by the Railways, which requires the state government and railways to contribute 20% of the cost each, while the remaining amount would have to be raised through loans.
"The government is fully aware of what will unfold once metro work starts in Whitefield. I don't know why the government is not expedited the suburban rail project. I have met with officials of South Western Railways, and with the Centre, but they tell me that there has been no demand or proposal from the Karnataka government for more trains," Mohan said.
Meanwhile, the state government has sanctioned Rs 360 crore to procure MEMU coaches, but there has been no progress beyond this decision.
Jun 02 2017 (13:50)  MP complains against delay in introducing suburban train (www.newskarnataka.com)
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Jun 02 2017 (13:52)
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Jun 02 2017 (13:52)
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Bengaluru: Mudslinging has started over inordinate delay in the implementation of highly anticipated suburban train (commuter train network) in Bengaluru city. Now P C Mohan, MP, Bengaluru Central has accused state government of adopting delay tactics in the implementation of the project.
In his letter addressed to Chief Minister S Siddaramaiah, he has alleged that in the month of January, 2017, state government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Railways over implementation of the project. As per the MoU, it was decided that a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be created to implement the project. But till now this SPV is not formulated.
per a survey carried out by RITES, it has been observed that once commuter train is implemented, it will benefit more than 35 lakh people. Railways has forwarded the final project report 40 days ago. But till now there is no progress over this report," he accused.
Appoint nodal officer:
P C Mohan has observed that to implement the project at the earliest, there is a need to appoint nodal officer from both the sides i.e., railways and state government for better coordination and early project implementation.
Suburban rail for Bengaluru was first proposed in 1996. Even though few DEMU and MEMU trains were implemented on existing routes connecting areas like Whitefield, Nelamangala, Chikkaballapur etc., the city is yet to get a dedicated system. Experts feel that suburban rail is the only solution left for decogesting the over crowded Bengaluru city.
Apr 27 2017 (02:39)  Science Express Tour schedule (www.sciencexpress.in)
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Tour Schedule [17 February - 8 September 2017]
Tour Schedule | Route Map | Tour phase I-VIII
No. Station Exhibition Dates No. Station Exhibition Dates
1. Delhi Safdarjung
(Flag off) 17 Feb 2017 35. Kottavalasa 20 - 23 May 2017
2. Delhi
Cantt 18 - 19 Feb 2017 36. Gudivada 24 - 26 May 2017
3. Hisar 20 - 23 Feb 2017 37.. Mirylaguda 27 - 30 May 2017
4. Dhuri 24 - 26 Feb 2017 38. Gulberga 31 May-2 Jun 2017
5. Taran Taran 27 - 28 Feb 2017 39. Kalluru 3 - 5 Jun 2017
6. Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra 1 - 2 Mar 2017 40. Whitefield 6 - 8 Jun 2017
7. Udhampur 3 - 4 Mar 2017 41. Kengeri 9 - 11 Jun 2017
8. Nangal Dam 6 - 7 Mar 2017 42. Koduru 12 - 14 Jun 2017
9. Sirhind 8 - 10 Mar 2017 43. Puducherry 15 - 16 Jun 2017
10. Chandigarh 12 & 14 Mar 2017 44. Attur 17 - 19 Jun 2017
11. Rampur 15 - 17 Mar 2017 45. Karur 20 - 22 Jun 2017
12. Kasganj City 18 - 20 Mar 2017 46. Kodaikanal Road 24 Jun 2017
13. Khalilabad 22 - 25 Mar 2017 47. Virudhunagar 25 - 27 Jun 2017
14. Mau 26 - 29 Mar 2017 48. Arumuganeri 28 - 30 Jun 2017
15. Gaya 30 - 31 Mar 2017 49. Kayankulam 1 - 4 Jul 2017
16. Patna 1 - 2 Apr 2017 50. Guruvayur 5 - 7 Jul 2017
17. Kiul 3 - 4 Apr 2017 51. Kannur 8 - 10 Jul 2017
18. Sitamarhi 5 Apr 2017 52. Vasco Da Gama 11 - 13 Jul 2017
19. Samastipur 6 Apr 2017 53. Ratnagiri 14 - 17 Jul 2017
20. Salmari 7 - 8 Apr 2017 54. Mumbai CST 19 - 22 Jul 2017
21. Fakiragram 9 - 10 Apr 2017 55. Nasik Road 24 - 26 Jul 2017
22. Lumding 11 - 12 Apr 2017 56. Murtajapur 27 - 29 Jul 2017
23. Agartala 13 - 14 Apr 2017 57. Nagpur 30 Jul-02 Aug 2017
24. Badarpur 15 - 17 Apr 2017 58. Amla 3 - 6 Aug 2017
25. North Lakhimpur 19 - 21 Apr 2017 59. Habibganj 7 - 9 Aug 2017
26. Rangpara North 22 - 24 Apr 2017 60. Bina 10 - 12 Aug 2017
27. Bagdogra 25 - 26 Apr 2017 61. Khajuraho 13 - 14 Aug 2017
28. Dhanbad 27 - 30 Apr 2017 62. Marwar 17 - 18 Aug 2017
29. Barrackpore 1 - 2 May 2017 63. Balotra 19 - 21 Aug 2017
30. Kalyani 3 - 5 May 2017 64. Deesa 22 - 24 Aug 2017
31. Chandil 6 - 8 May 2017 65. Bhuj 25 - 27 Aug 2017
32. Bhadrak 9, 11 & 12 May 2017 66. Bhaktinagar 28 - 31 Aug 2017
33. Puri 13 - 16 May 2017 67. Gondal 1 - 4 Sep 2017
34. Chatarpur 17 - 19 May 2017 68. Gandhinagar Capital 5 - 8 Sep 2017
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