Bengaluru: Lack of facilities at KR Puram railway station irk passengers | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: While South Western Railway (SWR) is planning to operate new trains and shift some existing ones to the new coaching terminal at Byappanahalli railway station, it may not be used much due to poor accessibility.
Activists say passengers may use the nearby KR Puram railway station instead to board or alight from trains stopping there.
Once overlooked, KR Puram — located at the junction of Old Madras Road and Outer Ring Road — has gained more patronage after the IT boom.
Several trains to places like Bangarpet, Chennai, Ernakulam, Howrah and Patna halt here. However, SWR has failed to upgrade it.
Karnataka Railway Vedike founder member KN Krishna Prasad said: “Passengers travelling to places like Chennai/Katpadi and Bangarpet may use KR Puram station. But it doesn’t have adequate facilities.”
Many passengers say the station, which has four platforms, has been neglected for a long time.
A reality check by TOI revealed that water was not available in most taps while toilet facility has been provided only at platform 4.
A narrow foot overbridge connects platforms 1 and 4. There are no escalators or lifts.
Passengers, including senior citizens and differently abled, have to climb stairs to get from one end to another through the FOB.
Roofing is also provided only at platform 4.
Apart from this, encroachments like illegal shops have sprung up in and around the station premises.
“Work on the FOB connecting the railway station and the proposed Metro station should be expedited. BMTC is dropping passengers on the roadside as the junction width has shrunk after construction of the hanging bridge,” Prasad said.
“The FOB connecting platforms is narrow like those at Mumbai’s suburban stations and may even cause stampedes during peak hours when people carry luggage,” he added.
Rajiv S, a resident of Marathahalli, said: “This station is chaotic, especially during peak hours. It’s high time it was redeveloped. There is no autorickshaw prepaid counter here and some auto drivers often prevent cabbies from entering the station premises to pick up or drop passengers.”
Ranjini D, a passenger said: “There is no proper lighting or water facility at this station. There is only one toilet for all platforms and it is poorly maintained. Most of the display boards are dysfunctional. Waiting for trains is a problem, especially during rain, due to lack of roofing.”
Bengaluru divisional railway manager Ashok Kumar Sharma said there are no immediate plans to redevelop the station.
“We are in the process of increasing the platform width. Many people who are unable to access the new terminal could use this station for trains passing through this section”.

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