Bengaluru: Now, you can travel to KIA by suburban trains | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: In a major relief to passengers and airport staff at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), South Western Railway on Monday launched suburban train services to newly built KIA halt station.
BIAL, which operates the airport, plies free shuttle services between the halt station and terminal, which is around 3.5Km. Passengers could check flight details at the halt station. A two-minute stoppage has been given for all trains at the station.
10 trains ran on Monday
Train no. 06285 KSR Bengaluru-Devanahalli Demu left at 4.45am from KSR Bengaluru City and reached the KIA station at 6am.
Passengers on the first trip included Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan and Bengaluru divisional railway manager Ashok Kumar Verma. The train had 50 passengers against its capacity of 2004.On Monday, SWR operated 10 trains to and from KIA halt station.“Train fare from KSR Bengaluru to the airport is Rs 10. This service eases traffic congestion and vehicular pollution on roads,” said Mohan.
KN Krishna Prasad, founder-member of Karnataka Railway Vedike, an NGO, said: “BIAL has built this station from their funds but others took credit. If railways were genuinely interested, they should have doubled and electrified the Devanahalli line a long time ago. While the airport is operational for more than 12 years, a halt station is only ready now. They are now claiming it as a big gift to Karnataka and taking credit for it.”

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