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WFD/Whitefield (4 PFs)
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Track: Double Electric-Line

Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 4
Number of Halting Trains: 46
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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Aug 14 2017 (17:24)  From Byyappanahalli to Whitefield in 15 minutes! (www.deccanchronicle.com)
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Aug 14 2017 (17:24)
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Aug 14 2017 (17:24)
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Posted by: karbang~  196 news posts
Bengaluru: By next week, it will take you only 15 minutes to travel from Byyappanahalli to Whitefield!
“On August 18, the suburban rail service will be inaugurated from Byyappanahalli to Whitefield. We have put in a lot of efforts to make this happen. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will launch it," MP P.C. Mohan told Deccan Chronicle, adding that the exact timings and frequency will be announced soon.
Residents of ITPL, Whitefield and surrounding areas had been demanding the suburban railway service to get relief from congestion caused by Metro work. Mohan had
written to CM Siddaramaiah too about it.
CPRO of South Western Railway Vijaya confirmed the inauguration of the service, saying, “1 DEMU train will be inaugurated next week from Byyappanahalli to Whitefield. Minister Suresh Prabhu might launch it through video-conferencing."
Mr Krishna Prasad, member, Karnataka Railway Vedike, said, “This will surely be helpful and will especially cater to the software crowd in ITPL. It is a step in the right direction and will bring travel time down to 15 minutes.” The route will have four stations Byyappanahalli, K.R. Puram, Hoodi and Whitefield. The citizen group, Whitefield Rising, was demanding a short loop train service to start before the Metro begins digging up roads. However, that did not happen, resulting in commuters complaining of narrower roads and nightmarish traffic. This move by the Railways is expected to ease the burden on the streets.

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Aug 15 2017 (15:47)
mp1.singh   18 blog posts
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How is it possible so soon? Something wrong. State Govt and central govt fighting with each other and no one wants solution.

Aug 15 2017 (17:50)
SRG*^~   35774 blog posts   174673 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Whats the state govts role in this state can just ask Rly ministry to run it on people demand, its job of Rlys to run this.
Jul 27 2017 (08:56)  Whitefield seeks nodal officer to ensure Metro work doesn't hit life (www.deccanherald.com)
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Commerce and industry establishments in Whitefield on Wednesday decided to approach the government, seeking appointment of a nodal officer to ensure that work on the Metro line to Baiyappanahalli does not affect traffic and alternative arrangements like suburban train are made.
“The ITPL main road is already choked, with travel time between Whitefield and KR Puram going up by two hours. We want the government to appoint an officer of IAS cadre to make sure Metro work does not further deteriorate the situation,” said M R Kori, vice president of Whitefield Area Commerce and Industries Association (WACIA).
As the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola could not make it to the interaction programme, members of WACIA and civic activists from Whitefield Rising aired their grievances to the media.
In phase 2, BMRCL is extending the line from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield. Kharola has said the 15.5-km line, which mostly runs on the ITPL main road, would be completed by 2020.
Whitefield Vision Group president Panduranga Rao said suburban trains from the city to Whitefield are essential since the BMRCL will occupy part of the only main road.
“The government should get the Railways to take up the doubling of the Hosur line between Cantonment and Whitefield,” he said.
Industrialist Sandeep Mittal, WACIA member, said the road in front of his property had been dug up and utility pipes and wires had been cut off.
“Near Graphite India, they dug up the road to make it wider. All the utility wires and pipes were disconnected. I had to pressure the contractor to fix it. Even then, it took three days,” he said.
Mittal said the BMRCL had failed to keep its promise on widening the road. “They said they will build a new lane, but they are only extending the road by two metres, which does not even make half the lane,” he added.
Jul 09 2017 (21:03)  Cab aggregator Ola has joined hands with SWR to provide service for 11 more stations. (localnews.manoramaonline.com)
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Cab aggregator Ola has joined hands with SWR to provide service for 11 more stations. Dedicated Ola kiosks will be available at 11 stations to help consumers to book cabs. The stations identified are BNC, YPR, KJM, HEB, KGI,YNK, BNCE, BAND, WFD, BYPL, MWM. SBC already have the facility.

Jul 10 2017 (00:14)
syedbakash   965 blog posts   2285 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Great to hear this from ola. its very. helpful for us becos i hv faced many times my mobile doesnt get connect to open ola app as the message tells me that ola app is not responding . in this cenario its very useful for us to get the cabs to reach our destinations at the earliest.
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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Posted by: NEED MORE TRAINS AT BAY~  130 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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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.
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