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YPR/Yesvantpur Junction (6 PFs)
ಯಶವಂತಪುರ ಜಂಕ್ಷನ್     यशवंतपुर जंक्शन

Track: Double Electric-Line

Type of Station: Junction
Number of Platforms: 6
Number of Halting Trains: 71
Number of Originating Trains: 55
Number of Terminating Trains: 57
Tel:080-23371444, Bangalore-Tumkur Road, Yesvantpur, Bengaluru 560022
State: Karnataka
Elevation: 919 m above sea level
Zone: SWR/South Western
Division: KSR Bengaluru (Bangalore)
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Jan 17 2017 (08:16)  Suburban rail: No consensus yet on cost-sharing (www.thehindu.com)
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News Entry# 291389   Blog Entry# 2129860     
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Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
Station Tag: Ramanagaram/RMGM added by karbang/50057

Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
Station Tag: Whitefield/WFD added by karbang/50057

Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by karbang/50057

Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by karbang/50057

Jan 17 2017 (08:16)
Station Tag: Shivamogga (Shimoga)/SME added by karbang/50057

Posted by: karbang  21 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.

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Jan 17 2017 (08:18)
karbang   32 blog posts
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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.
Jan 16 2017 (18:37)  Railway ministry, Karnataka sign MoU for suburban rlwy system (indiatoday.intoday.in)
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News Entry# 291373     
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Jan 16 2017 (18:37)
Station Tag: Ramanagaram/RMGM added by RAVI PRAJAPATI*^~/233871

Jan 16 2017 (18:37)
Station Tag: Shivamogga Town (Shimoga)/SMET added by RAVI PRAJAPATI*^~/233871

Jan 16 2017 (18:37)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by RAVI PRAJAPATI*^~/233871

Jan 16 2017 (18:37)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by RAVI PRAJAPATI*^~/233871

Posted by: RAVI PRAJAPATI*^~  926 news posts
Bengaluru, Jan 16 (PTI) The Karnataka government and the Railways Ministry today signed a memorandum of understanding in what is seen as a step towards realising the citys long standing demand for a suburban railway system to address its notorious traffic congestion.
The MoU for the development of suburban railway system in Bengaluru was released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at a function here.
Counting on the credentials of Bengaluru as a global city and technology capital of the country, Prabhu said it is the duty of the government,
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at the Centre and the state, that transportation needs of the people are taken care of.
With this in mind, a decision has been taken to start suburban railway system for the city, he said.
A special company would be set up for the project and it will be financed through an "innovative" way, Prabhu said.
"It is no longer possible for either the state government or the central government to find money for the budget from their normal revenue source to finance entire infrastructure needs.... so we have to find an innovative way," he said, adding it would not come into the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act of the state government .
Pointing out that there were equity related concerns raised by the state government, Prabhu said they would be looked into.
Siddaramaiah, who expressed reservation over the Centres draft suburban rail policys financing pattern, said "the Minister (Prabhu) has now spoken about adopting innovative ways of funding for which the state government will provide its fullest cooperation. We are also fine with involving of the private partners."
Pointing out that the draft mentions financing pattern as 20 per cent by central government and 80 per cent by the state government, he said it would be burden on Karnataka.
He proposed a 50:50 financing pattern, and requested that the Centre should share the land cost also.
At the function organised by the South Western Railway, Prabhu and Siddaramaiah unveiled the plaque for laying of foundation stone for new coaching terminal at Baiyyappanahalli aimed at decongesting other terminals in the city.
They also flagged off KSR Bengaluru/Yesvantpur-Shivamogga train and MEMU train between KSR Bengaluru and Ramanagara.
Promising that Bengaluru-Mysuru track doubling would be commissioned before March-end, Prabhu also sought the state governments cooperation in quadrupling of the line between Bengaluru to Whitefield as it will help in easing the traffic congestion. PTI KSU RA BN ANB
Jan 01 2017 (19:34)  Decongesting rail terminals (www.deccanherald.com)
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News Entry# 290262   Blog Entry# 2112756     
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Jan 01 2017 (7:34PM)
Station Tag: Bengaluru Cantt. (Bangalore)/BNC added by karbang/50057

Jan 01 2017 (7:34PM)
Station Tag: Baiyyappanahalli/BYPL added by karbang/50057

Jan 01 2017 (7:34PM)
Station Tag: Tumakuru (Tumkur)/TK added by karbang/50057

Jan 01 2017 (7:34PM)
Station Tag: Chikbanavar Junction/BAW added by karbang/50057

Jan 01 2017 (7:34PM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by karbang/50057

Jan 01 2017 (7:34PM)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by karbang/50057

Posted by: karbang  21 news posts
Packed with long-distance trains, all its tracks perennially occupied, the city railway station is not everyone’s terminal. The Yeshwantpur station was upgraded to decongest, but is caught up in operational issues. Can a new terminal at Baiyappanahalli be the game-changer?
Bengaluru’s collective, 33-year-old yearning for a suburban rail network has always had a stock response from the Railways and Centre: The tracks are saturated and its stations, space-starved. Can some smart use of available space free up the existing terminals?
For decades, the city station, now named after Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna, with its
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10 platforms, has remained Bengaluru’s premier rail head. Severe space-crunch forced the South Western Railway to acquire a part of the Binny Mill land from BBMP. But a project, sanctioned in 2013, to build a shunting yard there, is still stuck.
Here’s why: No access. A main road passes right across the land, and a plan to build a road underbridge with reinforced concrete cement (RCC) has not worked due to the multiplicity of underground utility lines.
The implications are clear. No shortcuts can work. A long-term alternative, as urban rail analyst Sanjeev Dyamannavar suggests, could be to dig up the entire area, build a proper four lane road and top it. This way, any number of tracks can be laid above, decongesting the city station.
Dedicated shunting yard
Lack of a dedicated shunting yard forces long-distance trains to be parked on tracks between the platforms. The pit lines and stabling lines run parallel to the platforms, blocking trains coming from the Cantonment side. The decongestion by shifting these lines to the Binny Mill land will be dramatic.
To introduce a fully functional commuter rail/suburban network for the city, freeing up tracks between stations/terminals is critical. Consultancy firm RITES had even recommended tripling/quadrupling the lines, so that suburban trains could be run on two lines at a frequency of five minutes during peak hours.
How does this plan fit into the available land between the City and Yeshwantpur terminals? Currently, the two biggest stations of Bengaluru are connected only by two tracks. Any chance of fitting in two more tracks has vanished with the Okalipuram bridge built by BBMP, points out Dyamannavar.
South Western Railway had parted with the land in exchange for the Binny Mill land. The bridge ramps are so designed that they rule out any additional tracks on that stretch. Future expansion is clearly out.
Inter-terminal linkage
This critical connectivity issue poses a big challenge for a seamless suburban network. But the Yeshwantpur terminal has another operational issue to sort out: The railway gate on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) cutting across the line towards Chikkabanavara station.
Due to high traffic on ORR, the police do not allow the gate to be closed for long durations. Long-distance trains from the city station are often stuck at platforms 1, 2 and 3 of Yeshwantpur station.
Unless these trains are allowed to move on to Chikkabanavara, trains from the city station are not given the green signal to proceed to Yeshwantpur. Result: Congestion at both the terminals. The 4th, 5th and 6th platforms at the Yeshwantpur station are occupied by inter-city trains that depart from the terminal.
Opening the road overbridge at the railway gate can potentially solve the problem. Trains can then leave the first three platforms in three minutes, accelerating incoming rail traffic from the city station side and back.
Yeshwantpur terminal extension
Once the operational issues are sorted out, the Railways could ideally think of a terminal extension or even a second terminal. Space should not be an issue, provided a factory that manufactures cement sleeper blocks for broad guage lines is shifted from the far-end of the station.
Railways had even offered a four-acre land to shift the facility outside the city. The move is being resisted. But if the area is cleared, eight to 10 tracks can be planned towards Tumakuru, up from the current three. The pit and stabling lines too could be extended, freeing up more space.
Only two tracks connect the city station with Baiyappanahalli station. But Railways has enough land – about 130 acres - for a full-fledged terminal.
Over the last four years, Rs. 20 crore has been spent to lay additional pit and stabling lines. Tenders were again called and awarded in October 2016 for three platforms, a pit line to clean and maintain coaches and other facilities, inform South Western Railway officials.
Baiyappanahalli project
The Rs 116-crore project envisages building eight platforms, six pitlines and stabling lines, station buildings, foot overbridges, signals and other associated installations.
Foundation stone for the project is expected to be laid in the second week of January. Once the terminal is commissioned as planned some time in 2018, a few inter-city trains are likely to terminate here without heading to the city station.
A full-fledged terminus at Baiyappanahalli, a decongested city railway station and an optimally utilised Yeshwantpur terminal, all linked by tripled or quadrupled tracks could effectively pave the way for a functional suburban rail network.
A sustained, coordinated approach by all stakeholders including citizens could make it happen. But is everyone moving in the same direction?
Linking Metro with SWR terminals
Seamless inter-modal transport connectivity implies helping commuters to switch from Namma Metro to a South Western Railway terminal or vice-versa. It is a reality at Baiyappanahalli, where a bridge funded by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) links the Metro terminal with the SWR station. In two years, the station is proposed to be upgraded to a terminal.
But this connection is glaringly lacking at Yeshwantpur, where the Metro station and SWR terminal are only a few metres apart.Thousands of commuters climb up and down stairs, lugging heavy baggage and cross the busy roads underneath to switch over. The SWR and BMRCL are yet to strike a cost-sharing deal on a bridge that would make it all easy.
Once the Metro phase I is fully launched with the green and purple lines intersecting at the Majestic station, the connectivity with the city railway station will have to be seamless. Currently, the Majestic Metro station has a single exit point, from where access to the city station is cumbersome.
Commuters are forced to walk 200-300 metres, step down to an underpass and climb up before heading to the ticket counters and platforms through another bridge.
A second entrance is from the Metro’s underground city station that leads to the 10th platform of the SWR station near Okalipuram. But it is a good walking distance away. A third entry route is now in the pipeline. This route will help commuters cross the Gubbi Thotadappa Road directly from the Majestic metro station, leading to the city station platforms.

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Jan 02 2017 (05:40)
deepakyerr~   689 blog posts
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Where is the location of new Byappanhalli station is it in between the space of metro rail and ksrtc terminal in kasturinagar or the line towards banaswadi. If its so then it I'll be 1 km away and how I'll it be connected to metro for seemless travel even the road network seems to be lacking. Due to bbmp lacking of proper planning g they have given land to bmrcl for old madras road kasturinagar road is too narrow which should be at least 100 ft with 2.5lanes on both sides.
Jan 01 2017 (19:32)  Passengers seek more rail heads in Bengaluru (www.deccanherald.com)
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Jan 01 2017 (7:32PM)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by karbang/50057

Jan 01 2017 (7:32PM)
Station Tag: Baiyyappanahalli/BYPL added by karbang/50057

Jan 01 2017 (7:32PM)
Station Tag: Kengeri/KGI added by karbang/50057

Jan 01 2017 (7:32PM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by karbang/50057

Posted by: karbang  21 news posts
The call for a suburban railway service for Bengaluru has grown louder, with residents demanding the introduction of a well-connected railway network to ease the traffic woes of the city. Bengaluru is the only major metropolitan city that has no dedicated rail-based mass transit system.
The state government’s proposal to implement the suburban railway service has not translated into reality. Commuters are forced to travel in crowded long-distance trains and a skeletal local train service from Bangarpet, Tumakuru and Mandya to reach places within the city. The citizens’ demand is that the available railway infrastructure be utilised efficiently to implement the suburban rail network.
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the draft policy on Suburban Rail System released by the Centre recently states that the existing railway infrastructure cannot be utilised to run suburban services as it would affect the services of long-distance and freight trains.
A South Western Railway (SWR) official, who preferred to be anonymous, contends that the city railway station is too congested to run new trains. “It is impossible to run additional suburban services with the infrastructure available,” he says.
SWR, he informs, has submitted a proposal to the state government to facilitate doubling of the line between Yeshwantpur and Hosur and introduce an additional line between Bengaluru and Bangarpet. Another proposal for implementation of automatic signalling has also been submitted. “Only then can suburban services be introduced,” the official notes.
The need of the hour, he says, are new terminals such as the one proposed at Baiyappanahalli. This should be constructed at the earliest to help decongest the city railway station. Also, switching from conventional to mainline electrical multiple unit (MEMU) coaches can help in enhancement of train capacity, he opines.
One solution offered to deal with the congestion of the city railway station is to terminate trains coming in from suburban areas of Yeshwantpur, Kengeri and Baiyappanahalli and have the commuters switch to Metro trains.
However, many passengers do not see merit in this option. Says Ramanna, a superintendent at a city college, “Switching between different modes of transport can be very difficult for daily commuters. Not only is it time consuming, but is also very expensive.”
People who commute between Bengaluru and the suburbs use railway passes. “If they are asked to take the Metro from points where trains terminate, they will have to spend more money purchasing Metro passes.” He points out that commuting from the railway terminals to the Metro stations is yet another difficult proposition in the absence of adequate shuttle facilities.
Increasing the frequency of trains to suburbs can help people from all walks of life, he believes.
If train services can be increased in the peak hours, it can help thousands of passengers, unlike the Metro which has a diminished capacity, many passengers say.
However, Balaji Chitra Ganesan, a research engineer at IBM, has a different take on the matter. “One solution to decongest the city railway station could be to stop long-distance trains at terminals short of the central station. Such a precedent exists in Paris where none of the three major railway stations are in the city centre. Commuters can then switch to the Metro,” he says.
Ganesan is of the opinion that the clamour for the suburban railway service stems from the citizens’ frustration with the delay in implementing the Metro rail. Once a full-fledged Metro network is developed, it can solve many of the city’s traffic problems, he says.
The hurdles to the implementation of a suburban railway network in Bengaluru are many. However, it can happen only if a viable solution for decongesting the city railway station is arrived at.

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Jan 02 2017 (14:42)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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If CRS is not brought into existence as early, B'luru crowd especially IT will do same. Pulling chains and getting down near Hoodi station. This will also hamper long distance TT

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Jan 02 2017 (14:47)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1859 blog posts
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With the kind of political expediency and departmentalism prevalent in IR, it is difficult to expect justice. There is no unified policies and every thing is at disposal of political & bureaucratic Masters.
On one hand IR is bearing losses in thousands of crores on Kolkata Metro and undertaking its expansion projects of about 30000-50000 crores, others cities are struggling to get much smaller favours.

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Jan 02 2017 (14:52)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1859 blog posts
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Strategically located railway terminals should be planned for major Indian Cities in line with the ones planned for Delhi. This will ease railway operation, optimise line capacity and at the same time can facilitate Commuters.

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Jan 02 2017 (15:05)
SCR Godavari Express~   2353 blog posts   11 correct pred (91% accurate)
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Completing the ROB in the outer of YPR which has been pending for years.. will help plan something in terms of infrastructure like adding parking lines and pitlines.
Once the new terminal comes up at BYPL... few long distance trains can be terminated here and connectivity from this terminal to the existing stations as well as bus connectivity to all city areas should be improved... if this is done.. operation of sub urban rail will become much easier in the main routes like SBC to Whitefield, Whitefied to Dodballapur, Whitefield to YPR
Dec 30 2016 (09:17)  Railways increases trips to clear rush (www.thehindu.com)
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Dec 30 2016 (9:17AM)
Station Tag: Sambalpur Junction/SBP added by MCPNBR~/261443

Dec 30 2016 (9:17AM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by MCPNBR~/261443

Dec 30 2016 (9:17AM)
Train Tag: Yesvantpur - Sambalpur Suvidha Special/82832 added by MCPNBR~/261443

Dec 30 2016 (9:17AM)
Train Tag: Sambalpur - Yesvantpur Suvidha Special/82831 added by MCPNBR~/261443

Posted by: MCPNBR~  358 news posts
The Railways will run Sambalpur-Yeshwantpur-Sambalpur weekly Suvidha Special Express for eight more trips in each direction to clear rush of passengers during winter. The Sambalpur-Yeshwantpur weekly Suvidha Special Express (No. 82831) will depart Sambalpur at 9.30 a.m. every Wednesday from January 4 to February 22 and arrive in Yeshwantpur at 4.40 p.m. on Thursday. The Yeshwantpur-Sambalpur weekly Suvidha Special Express (No. 82832) will depart Yeshwantpur at 12.30 a.m. on Friday from January 6 to February 24 and arrive in Sambalpur at 6.35 a.m. on Saturday.
Dec 28 2016 (08:07)  Centre plans exclusive body for city rail projects (www.deccanherald.com)
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Dec 28 2016 (8:07AM)
Station Tag: Dodballapur/DBU added by karbang/50057

Dec 28 2016 (8:07AM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by karbang/50057

Dec 28 2016 (8:07AM)
Station Tag: Yelahanka Junction/YNK added by karbang/50057

Dec 28 2016 (8:07AM)
Station Tag: Ramanagaram/RMGM added by karbang/50057

Dec 28 2016 (8:07AM)
Station Tag: Kengeri/KGI added by karbang/50057

Dec 28 2016 (8:07AM)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by karbang/50057

Posted by: karbang  21 news posts
The Centre is contemplating setting up an organisation exclusively for developing and implementing rail infrastructure projects in Bengaluru.
Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar said on Tuesday that a proposal to set up Bengaluru Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise (B-RIDE) was before the Railway Ministry. He was speaking after the launch of an e-book highlighting the achievements of the Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry in the last 30 months.
“B-RIDE can focus on rail projects confined to Bengaluru on the lines of Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise (K-RIDE) that looks into feasibility and development of railway projects
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at the state level,” Kumar said. The move could help in expediting projects like the commuter rail for Bengaluru - connecting Ramanagaram to Kengeri, Tumakuru to Yeshwantpur and Yelahanka to Doddaballapur, among others.
Ananth Kumar, who represents the Bengaluru South Parliamentary constituency, said Bengaluru commuter rail will have mainline electrical multiple units (MEMU) coaches which have a capacity of one-and-a-half times of that of regular coaches.
“A section of commuter rail in Bengaluru will be operational and running within the next few months. The aim is that Bengaluru too should have a local train network like Mumbai”, Ananth Kumar said.
Listing out the achievements of his ministry, Kumar said Karnataka had been offered 200 generic drug stores where around 600 variety of life-saving drugs and surgical materials will be made available at cheaper prices. The state has to provide space to house these stores near taluk and district government hospitals, he added.
Kumar said the Centre had directed companies to provide fertilisers to farmers on credit for the next two months to ensure adequate supply of soil nutrients for the rabi season.

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Dec 28 2016 (08:09)
karbang   32 blog posts
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Hope 2017 brings Bangalore the much needed Namma Railu and some relief traffic congestion.

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Dec 28 2016 (15:02)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1859 blog posts
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Success mainly depends on the active support and participation from state govt. It would have been much better if state govt have taken lead in this matter, as the chances of success would be high in that case.
Dec 17 2016 (19:12)  ക്രിസ്മസ്, മണ്ഡലകാല യാത്രയ്ക്ക് : 4 സ്പെഷൽ ട്രെയിൻ (localnews.manoramaonline.com)
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Dec 17 2016 (7:14PM)
Train Tag: Hubli- Kochuveli Special Fare Special/06557 added by onlyLHBRAKEintrains^~/1246501

Dec 17 2016 (7:13PM)
Station Tag: Ernakulam Town (North)/ERN removed by onlyLHBRAKEintrains^~/1246501

Dec 17 2016 (7:12PM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by MCPNBR~/261443

Dec 17 2016 (7:12PM)
Station Tag: Ernakulam Town (North)/ERN added by MCPNBR~/261443

Dec 17 2016 (7:12PM)
Station Tag: Kochuveli/KCVL added by MCPNBR~/261443

Dec 17 2016 (7:12PM)
Station Tag: Hubballi Junction (Hubli)/UBL added by MCPNBR~/261443

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ക്രിസ്മസ്, മണ്ഡലകാല യാത്രയ്ക്ക് : 4 സ്പെഷൽ ട്രെയിൻ Saturday 17 December 2016 08:11 AM IST
ബെംഗളൂരു ∙ കർണാടകയിൽ നിന്നുള്ള ക്രിസ്മസ്, ശബരിമല, പുതുവൽസര സ്പെഷൽ ട്രെയിൻ അനുവദിച്ചു. ഈ മാസം 20, 27, ജനുവരി മൂന്ന്, 10 തീയതികളിൽ ഹുബ്ബള്ളിയിൽ നിന്നു പുറപ്പെടുന്ന ട്രെയിൻ ബെംഗളൂരു, കോയമ്പത്തൂർ വഴി പിറ്റേന്നു രാവിലെ കൊച്ചുവേളിയിലെത്തും. അവിടെ നിന്നുള്ള മടക്ക ട്രെയിൻ 21, 28, ജനുവരി 4, 11 തീയതികളിൽ ബെംഗളൂരു വഴി ഹുബ്ബള്ളിയിലേക്കും സർവീസ് നടത്തും. റിസർവേഷൻ ഇന്നാരംഭിക്കും. ബെംഗളൂരുവിനു പുറമെ ഹുബ്ബള്ളിയിലെ മലയാളികൾക്കും സ്പെഷൽ ട്രെയിൻ പ്രയോജനകരമാകും.
Dec 16 2016 (13:15)  Citizens come together to demand commuter rail system for Bengaluru (yourstory.com)
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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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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 13 2016 (18:58)  Cyclone Vardah: Trains cancelled, buses and airplanes run on schedule (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BENGALURU: Due to the Vardah cyclonic storm and heavy rains in Chennai, several trains have been cancelled or diverted. The cancelled trains include: the Mysore-Chennai Shatabdi, Mysore/Yesvantpur-Yesvantpur/Mysore Malgudi, Chamarajanagar-Tirupathy Passenger, Bangalore City Station-Patliputra Sanghmitra Express, Bangalore City Station- Chennai Mail and Kaniyakumari-Bangalore City Station. The Chennai-Mysuru Shatabdi Express has been partially cancelled between Bengaluru-Mysuru.
Two trains, both expected to arrive today have been diverted : The Patliputra- Bengaluru Station Sanghmitra Express and the Guwahati - Bengaluru Station Express. They will both be running via Ranigunta, Melpakkam, Katpadi and Jolarpet instead of Chennai.
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Dec 12 2016 (09:27)  Halt! It's a local train (www.deccanherald.com)
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For lakhs of Bengalureans desperately seeking an escape route from the hyper-congested city roads, a full-fledged commuter rail system continues to be a distant dream. But small steps such as the recently opened Hoodi halt station are reminders that a local train network is the only way out.
Despite grumblings over its location, the halt station is proof that collective people's campaign could potentially help build a sustainable suburban network for the city in the future.
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Puram and Whitefield stations. They now have two raised platforms and ticket counter, a far cry from the unauthorised halt point at the Whitefield Panel Cabin.
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But in the absence of dedicated local trains apart from a very skeletal service, passengers still depend on long-distance trains. They know the road route cannot be an option if the aim is to reach their homes in Malleswaram, Vijayanagar or Kengeri in the shortest possible time from the IT hub Whitefield.
Eight trains to the city and eight heading outwards currently halt at the station. For Girish Ramaiah, who works in Unilever at the ITPL tech park four km from the station, the switch to train has drastically reduced his commute time. “Earlier, I used to spend two and a half hours on the road to reach my Malleswaram house. Now it is less than an hour,” he says.
Peak hour commute by road is a nightmare. After work, if a professional from ITPL is lucky enough to negotiate the clogged Hoodi junction and ITPL main road, a mammoth congestion awaits at the KR Puram junction. The chaos is matched only by the perennial jams at Kundanahalli and Marathahalli.
The rail option allows ITPL employees to completely bypass these notorious traffic bottlenecks. Boarding the available trains at the halt station, many alight at Baiyappanahalli to take the Metro. Many others proceed on the passenger trains to the city railway station.
Rationalise timings
The shift from road to rail will be dramatic even if a skeletal service of dedicated local trains is introduced with schedules in tune with office timings. This, assert several passengers on the route, should make a huge difference during the morning and evening peak hours.
Mallikarjun C G, a resident of Kengeri, commutes daily to ITPL. He explains how more frequent trains can help him reach home faster. “If I leave my office at 5.30 pm and catch a train by 5.55 pm, I can reach city railway station before 7 pm. The Mysuru train that leaves city at 7 pm will be ideal for me to reach Kengeri. But now, the Arakkonam passenger I get reaches the city station only at 7.15 pm.”
Last month, the South Western Railway introduced a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) service between Bangarpet and Baiyappanahalli. The objective was to mainly help the IT crowd in Whitefield shift to the Metro at Baiyappanahalli.
The MEMU, with its eight coaches, can take up to 1,600 passengers. The plan was good, but there was a big scheduling flaw. The train leaves Bangarpet at 3.55 pm, reaching Baiyappanahalli at 5.10 pm. But most IT companies in ITPL and other Whitefield locations close only at 5.00 or 5.30 pm. It passes the critical Hoodi halt station at 4.50 pm, too early for the IT crowd.
Similar issues plague the Ramanagaram-City services as well. The arrival and departure times at key stations bypass the crucial office closure hours, minimising the benefit for the workforce.
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However, all these problems will disappear if the frequency of dedicated local trains is increased, contends Roopa Dave, an IT professional from Whitefield.
“A lot of people are forced to take long-distance trains that end up halting abruptly for crossings. They are not dependable,” she says.
But Roopa has another problem, articulated by many others who find the new Hoodi halt station’s location too far from their workplace. Roopa has her office right inside the Prestige Shantiniketan, a stone’s throwaway from the spot where trains used to stop before the new station came up.
The Railways and Bengaluru Central MP P C Mohan, who donated Rs 2.87 crore from his MPLAD fund for the Hoodi halt station, however preferred the new location for its better road connectivity.
More halt stations
Yet, the station has made a big difference for commuters. Now, imagine the cascading benefits of a city-wide network of such stations. For instance, a station on the Devanahalli-Chikkaballapur line near the Airport Trumpet flyover could benefit thousands of commuters to the Kempegowda International Airport and nearby areas.
A halt station at Munekollela on the Hosur line can help commuters bound for Electronics City and beyond. Only six km separate the Heelalige station and Electronics City, a distance that can be easily bridged through dedicated shuttle bus services. On the Baiyappanahalli-Yeshwantpur line, halts at Varthur Road and Chandapur Road can give commuters a viable and faster connect to workplaces at Manyata Tech Park. This could decongest the Outer Ring Road stretch.
LAST-MILE BMTC FEEDERS
A railway halt station can work efficiently only if there is good last-mile connectivity. For the IT crowd, the distance between the Hoodi station and ITPL is much more than a mile. Implication: They have to depend on BMTC buses or autorickshaws.
Currently, a BMTC shuttle service runs from ITPL bus bay at 4 pm to reach in time for the Bangarpet-KSR Bengaluru DEMU train. The train arrives at the Hoodi station at 4.32 pm. However, this service is unavailable for the big crowd headed to the station after IT offices close at 5.30 pm.
Rail commuters have suggested a BMTC circular bus service to pick up people from multiple locations and get to the halt station. One route on their agenda goes from Hoodi Station to Hope Farm, proceeding to Varthur Kodi, Kundanahalli Gate and back to the halt station.
Autorickshaws are available at the halt station. But they charge a premium to even get to the Hoodi Junction, about 500 metres away. When trains used to stop near Prestige Shantiniketan, many IT employees had arranged their own shuttle bus services. That is yet to take off at the new station.
NEED: FULL-FLEDGED SUBURBAN NETWORK
Bengaluru needs a full-fledged suburban rail network and not half measures, say most commuters who prefer rail travel to the congested roads. The move to link long-distance and the skeletal local train services to the Metro, they say, is flawed.
Here’s why: The local DEMU, MEMU and other trains run by the railways carry thousands of passengers. This service cannot be replaced by Metro trains that are more expensive and carry much fewer commuters.
A MEMU train from Bangarpet to Baiyappanahalli has already been introduced. But passengers wonder why they are forced to shift to the Metro at Baiyappanahalli instead of heading straight to Bangalore East, Cantonment and City Railway Stations by the same train.
However, the switchover will benefit those heading towards Indiranagar, Halasuru, MG Road and other inner city areas. Once the Metro Green Line is fully integrated to the Purple Line, commuters from Whitefield could get to Jayanagar, JP Nagar and other locations in the south of the city.
BENEFIT FOR 40% URBAN COMMUTERS
Forty per cent of Bengaluru’s urban commuters will switch over to commuter rail, dramatically decongesting the city roads. How can this happen?
By introducing a full-fledged suburban system covering 440 km and integrating it with the Metro and BMTC services, according to Sanjeev Dyamannavar, an urban rail analyst.
This, he says, can happen if 266 round trips are introduced in all the routes that connect Bengaluru with Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Doddaballapur, Tumakuru, Nelamangala, Hosur and Ramanagaram.

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It's good initiative the public is taking. If the Govt/ Officialdom doesn't wake up, its up to us to give a jolt to these so called public servants to make our city livable.

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Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4047 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Agree, with pressure we can bring CRS in Bluru. This is main point in upcoming elections and to decongest capital.
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