The twirl on the train


Track doubling work for the 21-km Channasandra-Yeshwanthpur stretch begins. Yay!

Work to double the railway track between Yeshwanthpur and Channasandra has finally begun. This track passes through the densely populated areas in Hebbal and Banaswadi. Daoubling this 21-km stretch has been a key demand for many Bengalureans, who live or work close to the railway stations but are unable to use these services due to the City’s poor rail infrastructure.

Officials from the Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise (K-RIDE) confirmed that the work has started between Yeshwanthpur and Lottegollahalli. “Our target is to complete the work in the next three years,” said Amit Garg, Managing Director at K-RIDE. The project includes both doubling and electrification of the 21-km stretch.

About three months ago, the K-RIDE had also started the doubling of the Baiyappanahalli – Hosur railway line (48-kms). “Both the projects cost around Rs 800 crore,” said Garg. About 50 per cent of the grant is expected to come from the state government.

In places like Suryanagar (KHB Colony), Munnekollal near Marathahalli, Tannery road and Beniganahalli or Kasturinagar, there is scope for building halt stations that could attract a lot of users. Automatic block signalling on both stretches will increase operational capacity by four times

–Sanjeev Dyamannavar, suburban rail evangelist

In the Centre’s recent budget, a sum of Rs 71 crore was allocated for doubling of the Yeshwanthpur – Channasandra line and as much as Rs 80 crore was earmarked for the doubling of Baiyappanahalli – Hosur line. The fund allocations are expected to provide much-needed fillip in expediting the work. Completion of these two lines is likely to provide a lot of space for introducing inter-city and suburban railway services. During the pre-covid days, the South Western Railway (SWR) used to operate around 100 suburban services on a daily basis. Officials had estimated that about 1.5 lakh people in the City use train services.

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Sanjeev Dyamannavar, who has been actively campaigning for the full-fledged suburban rail network for Bengaluru, urged authorities to build halt stations on both these corridors. “In places like Suryanagar (KHB Colony), Munnekollal near Marathahalli, Tannery road (where the Hosur road meets) and Beniganahalli or Kasturinagar, there is scope for building halt stations that could attract a lot of users. Officials should also install automatic block signalling facilities on both these stretches during the construction phase itself. This will increase the operational capacity by at least four times,” he said.

K-RIDE officials confirmed that work has begun

Simultaneously, K-RIDE is preparing to complete preliminary works required for the implementation of full-fledged suburban railway project, which is proposed across four corridors.

Officials might float the tenders in a couple of months. The project has received a grant of Rs 300 crore in the recent budget of the union government. Currently, preparation of land survey, land acquisition plan and station designing are underway.



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Sagar Biswas

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