The South Western Railways (SWR) will launch a new train service from Byappanahalli to Whitefield on Friday to ease traffic congestion likely from work on ongoing Bengaluru metro project.
The need for this train service has gone up after the BMRCL took up the extension of Namma Metro from Byappanahalli to Whitefield. Once the civil work of the project start in full scale, it will hinder the smooth flow of road traffic leading to delayed commute.
In view of this, several organisations such as Whitefield Rising and Whitefield Export Promotion Park Industrial Association and people’s representatives including local MP PC Mohan had sought early introduction of a local train to ease the traffic.
This will be the second exclusive train on the 15-km section. With this, the number of trains plying one-way on this section will rise to 19.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who will be in Bengaluru for two days from August 17, is likely to flag off the new train -a diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU).
There are already enough services to and from Whitefield but the popularity and success of any service depends on its reliability, said Sanjeev Dyamannavar, a commuter rail activist.
The SWR has not officially announced this new train service nor its timing. Officials, however, said the services will be will be available during the morning and evening peak hours as it is intended at easing the pressure on the road. “It was a spare rake, which was only used when the other rakes are taken off for maintenance,“ the officials said.
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