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Jan 19 2017 (11:29)   It’s all about world-play

karbang   23 news posts
Entry# 2132242   News Entry# 291592         Tags   Past Edits
In today’s edition, Bangalore Mirror brings to you the second part of its series — the suburban rail service that connects two major worlds. One, new and upwardly mobile, and the other, as old as the very soil itself. A ride between City station and tech hub Whitefield is, metaphorically, a journey from crowds to crowd-sourcing
A solution that saves time, money
When a city is connected by local railway, travelling becomes much more easy and quicker. On a certain occasion, when the city was going through a bus strike, I had to
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travel to Hosur from Hebbal and since there were no buses available, I had to avail of the local train. It was on that day that I realized how feasible it is to travel around the city by local trains.
Since buses are an integral part of Bengaluru, most people like me miss out on the advantages of travelling by local trains, and only during crisis do they realize that one can travel to most parts of the city by local trains.
It is only in Bengaluru that suburban railway has seven directions and that is a great thing for a city to possess. If you are well versed with the timings of the local trains, you will not have any problems travelling to most parts of the city. What makes it beautiful is that in Karnataka, the local train travels through lush greenery, unlike Mumbai where you get to see construction sites everywhere.
A distance that requires three hours to reach can be reached in 45 minutes if you are travelling in local trains. Since there are two sides to every story, there are things
that make local railway problematic as well.
The thing that bothers me the most is the punctuality of the trains. There is no fixed time for a train to arrive and hence that creates a problem.
Spare the roads, and oil the tracks
In order to avoid the heavy traffic that Bengaluru is famous for, travel by local train. I have always been a supporter of suburban railway because that is the only way we can travel across the city in a very less time. One of the very effective solutions to the problem would be local trains. The outer ring road that has the most number of cars blocking each other will see 50 per cent less traffic if we begin commuting by local trains.
I don’t understand why people do not use them for their daily travels because when you can reach a location in 40 minutes, why would you want to take the roads and waste hours reaching the same spot. As we can clearly understand that travelling becomes easy when we avail of local trains, it also goes unnoticed that it creates lesser traffic congestions, faster connectivity, all at a lower cost.
What the public want these days is point-to-point connectivity, which is not possible when you are availing of public transport. I will always be ready to walk that extra mile to either take a metro or a train if that reduces both travel time as well as cost. With proper planning by the government, the bottlenecks can be reduced in no time.
One more aspect everybody misses out on is that avoiding cars and availing of local trains will reduce fuel consumption. That is national savings. We can save dollars for our country if we are saving petrol.

  
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Jan 19 2017 (11:53)
karbang   32 blog posts
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Trains do run on the route between SBC and Whitefield, but the majority of the commuters want the trains to run on schedule.
Hope IR manages to keep up the timings of the local trains in accordance with Metro services

  
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Jan 19 2017 (13:12)
Prometh Suresh   106 blog posts   180 correct pred (63% accurate)
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there is heavy rail traffic in the Bangalore city limits at morning hours as long distance trains come early in the morning due to which the MEMU gets delayed but my suggestion is let SWR rail controller give more priority to local MEMUs than expresses/passenger trains from other places.
  
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Jan 19 2017 (11:33)   Bengaluru Suburban Rail: 10 Possible Rail Routes To Decongest India’s Silicon Valley

karbang   23 news posts
Entry# 2132238   News Entry# 291593         Tags   Past Edits
Snapshot
Commuter rail services in Bengaluru have received the nod, and will be moving towards implementation in the not-so-distant future.
What is important now is to consider key rail routes that these trains will cover so that the city’s roads get decongested effectively.
This writer proposes 10 rail routes that can help achieve that goal.
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decade-long demand of Bengaluru residents has finally been heard with the city finally moving towards building a commuter rail system. Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Karnataka for utilising the megacity’s existing railway infrastructure to operate commuter rail services similar to that in Mumbai and Chennai.
As part of the deal, Karnataka will pitch in 80 per cent of the cost to convert 15 trains to electric multiple units while Indian Railways will take care of the rest. The total cost is pegged currently at Rs 360 crore. And the first train is set to have Ramanagara, 35 km outside the city, as its destination point.
It has been a long journey trying to get commuter rail service started in Bengaluru, a city that already has a metro rail system, with a light rail system also in the docks. Although far from perfect, suburban rail is the most practical and cost-friendly solution to ease Bengaluru’s traffic problems. You get such advantages as:
Rail lines already exist
Land acquisition not required
No time spent on construction
No felling of trees or digging underground
No inconvenience to existing commuters
The only additional thing required is passenger trains. Weighing the costs and benefits of implementing this system, the choice becomes clear.
Okay, so now that commuter rail is set to materialise, it’s worthwhile to discuss what the possible rail routes could be. Based on a map of railway lines across the city, this writer has attempted to come up with ten rail routes that could work. (Do note that this writer does not have real data on how many users would benefit from the proposed routes and what exact impact it would have on traffic -- the math on this is yet to be done.) So here are ten possible suburban rail routes:
1. Bidadi-Nelamangala (via Bangalore City railway station (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station), Malleshwaram, Yeshwantpur)
People residing along Mysore Road and near Peenya would especially benefit from this rail route. It will also connect two highways, namely Mysore Road and Tumkur Road.
A mapping of possible beneficiaries:
a) Bidadi: Factory workers, Innovative Film City visitors, Nithyananda devotees
b) Hejjala: Wonder La visitors
c) Kengeri: Kengeri Satellite Town residents, Big Banyan Tree tourists
d) Gnanabharathi: Students and staff of R V College of Engineering and Bengaluru University, Global Village Tech Park employees, residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Nagarbhavi (key station)
e) Nayandahalli: Residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Nagarbhavi and Chandra Layout (makeshift stations -- one platform each at RPC Layout and ETA Mall would be even better), students and staff of PESIT and neighbouring colleges (another key station)
f) Bangalore City railway station: Direct connectivity to the city’s main railway station is a must.
g) Malleshwaram: This locality attracts a lot of people. With this route, a commute from Gnanabharathi to Malleshwaram, for instance, which now takes an hour or more, would take about a half-hour.
h) Yeshwanthpur: Another important locality. Rail connectivity to this area would benefit a lot of people.
i) Nelamangala: Several educational institutions and industries are situated in this area. Students and workers alike would benefit as a result.
Even just three trains in a day, one in the morning peak-hour, one in the afternoon time and one in the evening peak-hour, would help reduce traffic along Tumkur Road and NICE Road significantly.
2. Bidadi-Whitefield (Bangalore City railway station, Cantonment, Baiyappanahalli, K R Puram)
This would help anyone living in and around Mysore Road commute to the eastern limits of Bengaluru with relative ease. A train from Bidadi to Whitefield via Bangalore City railway station, Cantonment and K R Puram will combat traffic congestion effectively.
3. Nelamangala-Whitefield (via Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore City railway station)
This rail line can connect North-West Bengaluru to East Bengaluru. If one wants to travel from Nelamangala to Whitefield in the present, it’s quite a difficult commute. For instance, one would have to go to Nagasandra, take the Green Line up to Mantri Mall, take a bus from there to Majestic, take the Purple Line from there to Baiyappanahalli and then take a bus from there. A direct train along this route, therefore, would do wonders for regular commuters.
4. Nelamangala-Heelalige (via Yeshwanthpur, Lottegollahalli, Hebbal, Banaswadi, Bellandur)
Besides Whitefield, which other areas in Bengaluru would one consider super-congested? Topping the list of many would be the localities of Marathahalli and Electronic City.
This proposed rail line will connect North-West and South-East Bengaluru. The city’s employees, especially IT employees, would be most benefited by this line. It would also greatly reduce traffic on Old Airport Road. Anyone commuting to Marathahalli from the north-west side and vice versa would also have it easier.
5. Bidadi-Heelalige (Bangalore City railway station, Baiyappanahalli, Bellandur)
Similar to the previous line, this route will help link areas near Mysore Road to Bellandur and Electronic City. In effect, it will reduce the dependence on NICE Road and Old Airport Road, which would be a significant.
6. Bidadi-Banaswadi (Bangalore City railway station, Yeshwanthpur, Hebbal)
This line would benefit residents who commute regularly from Mysore Road to Hebbal and vice versa. It will significantly reduce the dependence on Outer Ring Road as well.
7. Whitefield-Heelalige (via Baiyappanahalli, Bellandur)
A direct railway line linking the two major Information Technology hubs of the city cannot help but be a boon for Bengaluru’s large and growing IT crowd.
Rail routes to the airport (to be introduced with the highest priority)
As if there isn't enough traffic in Bengaluru already, a commute to the city’s airport is close to a nightmare for those living far from it. In most cases, flying from Bengaluru to another city and beyond takes lesser time than commuting from one's house to the airport -- that is how far it is!
Taking the BIAL (airport) bus is possible only when one has a lot of time on their hands. Otherwise, one has to rely on cabs, which can take anywhere from one-and-a-half to two hours, depending on where one is starting their commute from.
So then, what is the solution for a quicker commute to the airport? Suburban rail. The city already has a rail line that goes by the airport. So that can be used. Every major city in the world has rail connectivity to its airport. Bengaluru, despite being a world-class city, unfortunately does not.
Besides trains, the only additional thing required would be a railway station near the airport. The ideal location to construct this station would be as shown on the map:
The airport railway station could be built on either of the two locations marked by red lines. These trains, while primarily serving the purpose of airport commute, can be extended to Nandi Halt. If this is done, it would help tourists heading to Nandi Hills as well.
It would be preferred that these trains operate round the clock, as many international flights depart in the middle of the night.
8. Bidadi-Nandi Halt (via Bangalore City railway station, Yeshwanthpur, Lottegollahalli, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
There are two ways of implementing this route, namely through Yeshwanthpur (recommended) and through Baiyappanahalli (because this station will or should already facilitate the connection from Heelalige).
9. Heelalige-Nandi Halt (via Baiyappanahalli, Channasandra, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
Since a majority of the IT population resides in Electronic City area -- and they’re more likely to take the flight than the average Bengalurean, this rail link is bound to be effective.
10. Whitefield-Nandi Halt (via K R Puram, Yelahanka, Kempegowda International Airport)
This is as crucial as the Electronic City-airport link. These two routes should be sufficient to keep a lot of cars off the airport road.
In conclusion, I believe that if trains are introduced on these specific routes with a reasonable frequency, it can help decongest the roads and reduce overall traffic, turning Bengaluru into the paradise that it once used to be. Now, wouldn’t we all want that for Namma Bengaluru?

  
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Jan 19 2017 (11:51)
Rail Fanning~   2526 blog posts
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Some good suggestions. At least hope railways looks into some of them.
The SBC-Hosur road section is a critical section. Hope railways introduces few suburban trains. Will benefit lot of people working in ORR/Electronic city areas. But then these services must be properly marketed and highlighted by railways.

  
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Jan 19 2017 (11:56)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4049 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Very good, this will be big relief for silicon capital and will make history too, A city story from congestion to de-congestion.
  
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Jan 18 2017 (08:54)   Needed: better rail estate

karbang   23 news posts
Entry# 2131285   News Entry# 291488         Tags   Past Edits
The State government, in partnership with the Centre, is looking to popularise suburban rail as a reasonable mode of alternative transport. Bangalore Mirror, with some groundwork, brings to you major routes that connect the city. In the first part of our series, we analyse the stretch connecting Kengeri and City station
CONNECTING POINTS
An easier option for those to travel to Bengaluru South West
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A bus stand is available around 600 metres from the railway station.
Autos too are easily accessible.
SHORTCOMINGS
* Platform shelter is required
* There’s a need for a footbridge
* Small food or tea stalls need to be put
* There’s a need for ticket counters on both sides
* Trolleys should be made available for carrying luggage
KSR-KENGERI (TRAVEL TIME: 16-26 MINUTES)
12.15 AM (only on Sundays and Tuesdays), 3.30 AM (only on Thursdays), 4.10 AM, 5 AM, 5.30 AM, 5.40 AM (only on Fridays), 6 AM, 6.30 AM, 7 AM, 7.30 AM, 8.05 AM, 9.20 AM, 9.55 AM (except Sundays), 10.30 AM, 11.15 AM, 1.30 PM, 5.25 PM, 6.15 PM, 7 PM, 7.55 PM, 8.30 PM, 8.55 PM (only on Thursdays), 11.55 PM
KENGERI-KSR
3.30 AM, 7.10 AM (only on Mondays), 7.35 AM, 8.10 AM (except Sundays), 8.18 AM, 9.05 AM, 9.15 AM (only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays), 10.25 AM, 11.15 AM, 3.45 PM, 4.25 PM, 5 PM, 5.02 PM (except Sundays), 5.45 PM, 5.55 PM, 7.10 PM, 7.30 PM, 8.10 PM, 9.10 PM, 9.32 PM, 10.10 PM (only on Wednesdays), 10.32 PM (except Sundays), 10.35 PM
2 JNANABHARATI
CONNECTING POINTS
Gateway to Bengaluru University
ACCESSIBLITY
Only autos are available
SHORTCOMINGS
* Platform shelter is required
* There’s a need for a footbridge
* Platform lights should be increased
* There’s a need for a proper ticket counter
* There’s a need for a public toilet
KSR-Jnanabharati Halt
(TRAVEL TIME-20-37 minutes), 5 AM, 9.20 AM, 9.55 AM (except Sundays), 3.30 PM, 5.25 PM, 7 PM, 7.55 PM, 11.55 PM
Jnanabharati Halt-KSR
3.40 AM, .16 AM (except Sundays), 8.23 AM, 11.22 AM, 5.05 PM, 5.08 PM (except Sundays), 7.14 PM, 9.37 PM, 10.39 PM (except Sundays)
3 NAYANDAHALLI
CONNECTING POINTS
Vital link to connect to West Bengaluru
ACCESSIBLITY
Auto service available
SHORTCOMINGS
* Bus services need to be introduced from the station
* Basic amenities need to be improved
* More number of train services during peak hours
KSR-Nayanadahalli
(TRAVEL TIME: 14-19 MINUTES), 5 AM, 9.20 AM, 9.55 AM (except Sundays), 3.30 PM, 5.25 PM, 7 PM, 7.55 PM, 11.55 PM
Nayandahalli-KSR
3.40 AM, 8.21 AM (except Sundays), 8.30 AM, 11.30 AM, 5.10 PM, 5.14 PM (except Sundays), 7.20 PM, 9.45 PM, 11.39 PM (except Sundays)
4 KRISHNA DEVARAYA HALT
CONNECTING POINTS
This station is helpful for those who can travel to areas in and around Vijayanagara and Mysuru road.
ACCESSIBILITY
A bus stand is nearby and autos are available; many office-goers prefer peak-hour trains
SHORTCOMINGS
* More number of trains required
* Basic amenities need to be improved at the station
KSR-Krishnadevaraya Halt
(TRAVEL TIME: 9-25 MINUTES), 5 AM, 9.20 AM, 9.55 AM (except Sundays), 3.30 PM, 5.25 PM, 7.55 PM
Krishnadevaraya Halt-KSR
8.29 AM (except Sundays), 8.35 AM, 5.15 PM, 5.20 PM (except Sundays), 7.25 PM, 10.51 PM (except Sundays)
* 12km Rail distance between Kengeri and KSR Bengaluru City Station
* Rs 5 Ticket cost for journey between Kengeri and KSR Bengaluru City
* 16km Road distance between Kengeri and City station
TRAIN KI BAAT
Varsha K Iyer
Environmentalist
I think it has a great advantage when it comes to travelling to places like Whiitefield and KR Puram. Getting stuck in traffic is really a pain especially if you are driving yourself. It will be very convenient if we have local trains running in full flow. At a time when the city is rapidly growing, I think local trains are time-driven and I personally would choose it over any other mode of transport unless I’m travelling with family.
Sathya Sankaran
Founder of Praja Raag
Local trains are very important as they comes under heavy rail. The advantage of heavy rail is that it can carry more people. Laying a surface for a local train is cheaper compared to any other mode of transport. There are a lot of suburban places near railway tracks and that makes it easier to connect to old towns in and around Bengaluru.
Mohammed Tauheed ur Rahman
Marketing executive
Local trains are less time-consuming. It is really useful when you have to reach somewhere in less time. Taking the roads on weekdays becomes such a hectic task that it really helps if you have a proper working local railway. I travel once a week to Mysuru and I think local trains make it really easy. The only concern as of now is the frequency of trains in the evenings.
Sujith Deshpande
Volunteer for CfB
The first and biggest advantage of local trains is that it reduces travel time. Then, you need not cut trees and and cause an environmental hazard if you increase the number of trains. The advantage it has over every other mode of transport is that it is very cheap. You can travel to your destination in 10 or 15 rupees.
Nivedita BR
I think local trains would help commuters in more ways than one. Given the current condition of traffic of Bengaluru, local trains would help save a lot of time for commuters. If the local train connectivity could be increased, it would probably be the most used mode of transport.

  
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Jan 18 2017 (13:41)
Prometh Suresh   106 blog posts   180 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Nayandahalli is also useful for people staying in Hosakerehalli,Kumaraswamy Layout, JP Nagar etc.
  
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Jan 17 2017 (08:16)   Suburban rail: No consensus yet on cost-sharing

karbang   23 news posts
Entry# 2129860   News Entry# 291389         Tags   Past Edits
The launch of Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) services on Monday will pacify those demanding a suburban rail service for now. But the implementation of a complete service to all parts of the city might be delayed as the Union and State governments negotiate the sharing of costs.
With the Railway Ministry reluctant to share half of the cost and the State government insisting upon the same, the conflict has reached a stalemate which will have to be solved on priority for the suburban rail project to be launched in earnest.
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a function where Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched several projects on Monday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah requested the Minister to reconsider the cost-sharing pattern laid out in the draft suburban rail policy of the Railway Ministry.
The State has requested a 50:50 cost-sharing ratio for the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which will co-ordinate the execution of the suburban rail project. In its draft policy, the Ministry has proposed equity sharing of 20 per cent by both Union and State governments with the remaining 60 per cent to be arranged by loan funds or other sources.
In addition, the State government would also have to bear the cost of land acquisition, leasing of land from the Railways as well as resettlement and rehabilitation. Defending the proposal, Mr. Prabhu said: “It is no longer possible for the Union government to finance infrastructure projects entirely from the budget. Our proposal will ensure that neither the State nor the Centre will be burdened.”
However, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the State could not pay the costs involved, as land acquisition and costs were high in Bengaluru.
Namma Metro Phase II to be ready by 2020
Commuters waiting for Phase II of Namma Metro to start operations will be able to take a ride on the around 72 km network by March 2020, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Monday.
He was speaking after conducting a review meeting of various projects under implementation by civic agencies such as the Bangalore Development Authority, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation and others.
“BMRCL has told me that Phase I will be commissioned by April. They have also expressed confidence of completing Phase II by March 2020. For Phase 2A, which will connect the Outer Ring Road, the cost will be ₹4,200 crore and BMRCL has asked us for financial assistance which we will try to provide,” he said.
Launch of MEMU trains
The launch of Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains – which will see a total of five trips being added to the daily train timetable between Bengaluru and its suburbs of Ramanagaram and Whitefield – brought cheer to thousands of supporters of the suburban rail project in the city.
“Today is a historic day for Bengaluru. The success of the citizens movement is bringing both the Centre and State together to recognise the urgent need for suburban trains,” said Tara Krishnaswamy, co-ordinator, Citizens for Bengaluru, a group which organised the #ChukuBukuBeku campaign recently.
Recalling the long standing demand for a suburban rail for the city, H.N. Ananth Kumar, MP, Bengaluru South, said, “I had raised the request for a circular rail during my maiden speech in Parliament in 1995. This is a tremendous step forward towards a full-fledged suburban rail system for Bengaluru.”
Mr. Prabhu also flagged off a tri-weekly express train between Shivamogga and KSR station.

  
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Jan 17 2017 (08:18)
karbang   32 blog posts
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With developments like these, the common man tends to loose faith on the governing system. Its high time these "Public representatives" come together to reach a common ground for the upliftment of our city.
  
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Jan 14 2017 (11:49)   Will Bengaluru finally see a rail of hope?

karbang   23 news posts
Entry# 2126713   News Entry# 291227         Tags   Past Edits
To give a push to the suburban rail projects which have been facing several hurdles since its inception, the state government has decided to make an initial investment of Rs 360 crore. Additional chief secretary of urban development Mahendra Jain said deliberations are on to implement the project. “The initial investment would help the railways operate MEMU railways and build the required infrastructure for the suburban rail.
The railways are already planning for MEMU services from city to Whitefield and Ramangara area. MEMU trains have more passenger carrying capacity than conventional trains. There is a proposal to start 16 services, and train operations will be done in accordance with the needs of people working in Whitefield.” The official said that the state
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government has also felt the need for forming a special purpose vehicle to implement the project.
The official said that as per the comprehensive plan, the suburban rail project would cost Rs 9,000 crore. “The state government has already given its replies on the project. There are some issues on cost sharing, use of existing infrastructure and others. Deliberations are on to take up the project in a phased manner. The state government has felt the need for an initial investment to kickstart the project”.

  
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Jan 14 2017 (11:51)
karbang   32 blog posts
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Hurray!!!
but, the GoK should consider the needs of people traveling from Doddaballapur, Tumkur, Chikkaballapur and Hosur too.
This is a small step that would lead to a widely spread suburban services in and around Bengaluru

  
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Jan 14 2017 (15:30)
Prometh Suresh   106 blog posts   180 correct pred (63% accurate)
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It is still not possible in the ramanagaram area as the CRS inspection for SBC-MYS electrification is not complete and ESS at RMGM is not ready.

  
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Jan 14 2017 (16:22)
180 years of Railways in India~   2137 blog posts
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The Hosur line would take some time to see such services. Right now, there is no loop line between Karmelaram and Baiyyapanahalli to allow for crossings and only the Bellandur road station is present, which has practically no bus connectivity. Some upgrades are required before introducing local trains on this route. Luckily, the authorities showed some foresight by providing a facility to have a double line on all the bridges and culverts on the line ( The bridge over the Outer Ring road already has pillars and supports for a second line). These can be used to speed up the upgrades if GoK and BBMP work sincerely.
  
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Jan 06 2017 (08:56)   Suburban train likely to bring down travel time and traffic snarls in Bengaluru

karbang   23 news posts
Entry# 2117456   News Entry# 290569         Tags   Past Edits
BENGALURU: If one is exasperated by the slow-moving traffic to Whitefield from the city's centre, one could try this from January 16: The Bengaluru division of South Western Railway (SWR) is introducing a new electric train -a mainline electric multiple unit (MEMU) -in the next fortnight.
The train also connects the city to Ramanagaram, the silk capital of Karnataka, located 50 km from the city on the Bengaluru-Mysuru road.
The proposed train will be a boon to professionals who commute to Whitefield from the city . The train originates at the Bengaluru City
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Railway Station. While it makes one trip to Whitefield in the morning at 8.45 am, the train will make three trips to Ramanagaram from the city railway station on six days a week except Sunday . The train also connects Kuppam of Andhra Pradesh from city in the noon via Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield.
Right now, the Bengaluru Railway Division operates three MEMU trains, six diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU) and as many as 27 conventional passenger trains. Each DEMU and MEMU train has eight coaches and has a carrying capacity of over 1,000 passengers.
Earlier, the Marikuppam-KR Puram electric train was extended up to Baiyappanahalli inside the city, and the Kolar-Bengaluru train was extended up to Channapatna, making train travel possible for a greater number of suburban commuters.
As indicated by the #chukubukubeku campaign, there are many more train services that are clear alternatives to the traffic snarls on the city's roads.
As of now, there are 31 train services towards Whitefield, 22 services towards Doddaballapura, 19 services to Mysuru, 21 services to Tumukuru and 12 services towards Hosur from Bengaluru City. Data show that about 65 to 70 lakh people use these trains every month.

  
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Jan 06 2017 (08:59)
karbang   32 blog posts
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This should help commuters travel by local trains rather than to shift to Metro at Byappanahalli or elsewhere

  
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Jan 06 2017 (09:24)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4049 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Hurry MEMU is getting started finally across city. Start of an era.

  
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Jan 06 2017 (15:29)
srinivasvasanthi   3568 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Bangalore city to Hosur further 6 services up and down are needed for IT. Industrial passenger
  
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Jan 01 2017 (19:32)   Passengers seek more rail heads in Bengaluru

karbang   23 news posts
Entry# 2112739   News Entry# 290260         Tags   Past Edits
The call for a suburban railway service for Bengaluru has grown louder, with residents demanding the introduction of a well-connected railway network to ease the traffic woes of the city. Bengaluru is the only major metropolitan city that has no dedicated rail-based mass transit system.
The state government’s proposal to implement the suburban railway service has not translated into reality. Commuters are forced to travel in crowded long-distance trains and a skeletal local train service from Bangarpet, Tumakuru and Mandya to reach places within the city. The citizens’ demand is that the available railway infrastructure be utilised efficiently to implement the suburban rail network.
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the draft policy on Suburban Rail System released by the Centre recently states that the existing railway infrastructure cannot be utilised to run suburban services as it would affect the services of long-distance and freight trains.
A South Western Railway (SWR) official, who preferred to be anonymous, contends that the city railway station is too congested to run new trains. “It is impossible to run additional suburban services with the infrastructure available,” he says.
SWR, he informs, has submitted a proposal to the state government to facilitate doubling of the line between Yeshwantpur and Hosur and introduce an additional line between Bengaluru and Bangarpet. Another proposal for implementation of automatic signalling has also been submitted. “Only then can suburban services be introduced,” the official notes.
The need of the hour, he says, are new terminals such as the one proposed at Baiyappanahalli. This should be constructed at the earliest to help decongest the city railway station. Also, switching from conventional to mainline electrical multiple unit (MEMU) coaches can help in enhancement of train capacity, he opines.
One solution offered to deal with the congestion of the city railway station is to terminate trains coming in from suburban areas of Yeshwantpur, Kengeri and Baiyappanahalli and have the commuters switch to Metro trains.
However, many passengers do not see merit in this option. Says Ramanna, a superintendent at a city college, “Switching between different modes of transport can be very difficult for daily commuters. Not only is it time consuming, but is also very expensive.”
People who commute between Bengaluru and the suburbs use railway passes. “If they are asked to take the Metro from points where trains terminate, they will have to spend more money purchasing Metro passes.” He points out that commuting from the railway terminals to the Metro stations is yet another difficult proposition in the absence of adequate shuttle facilities.
Increasing the frequency of trains to suburbs can help people from all walks of life, he believes.
If train services can be increased in the peak hours, it can help thousands of passengers, unlike the Metro which has a diminished capacity, many passengers say.
However, Balaji Chitra Ganesan, a research engineer at IBM, has a different take on the matter. “One solution to decongest the city railway station could be to stop long-distance trains at terminals short of the central station. Such a precedent exists in Paris where none of the three major railway stations are in the city centre. Commuters can then switch to the Metro,” he says.
Ganesan is of the opinion that the clamour for the suburban railway service stems from the citizens’ frustration with the delay in implementing the Metro rail. Once a full-fledged Metro network is developed, it can solve many of the city’s traffic problems, he says.
The hurdles to the implementation of a suburban railway network in Bengaluru are many. However, it can happen only if a viable solution for decongesting the city railway station is arrived at.

  
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Jan 01 2017 (20:57)
karbang   32 blog posts
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This is a classic example of "Public proposes and Govt disposes"
Initially, GoI asked for the 50:50 cost sharing for B'lore Suburban Rail with GoK. Now, the rules have changed to 20:20:60, the last 20:60 to be borne by GoK.
Caught in between all this officialdom are the struggling public of Bengaluru.

  
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Jan 02 2017 (14:42)
Mangaluru deserves to be division~   4049 blog posts   294 correct pred (67% accurate)
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If CRS is not brought into existence as early, B'luru crowd especially IT will do same. Pulling chains and getting down near Hoodi station. This will also hamper long distance TT

  
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Jan 02 2017 (14:47)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1862 blog posts
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With the kind of political expediency and departmentalism prevalent in IR, it is difficult to expect justice. There is no unified policies and every thing is at disposal of political & bureaucratic Masters.
On one hand IR is bearing losses in thousands of crores on Kolkata Metro and undertaking its expansion projects of about 30000-50000 crores, others cities are struggling to get much smaller favours.

  
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Jan 02 2017 (14:52)
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Strategically located railway terminals should be planned for major Indian Cities in line with the ones planned for Delhi. This will ease railway operation, optimise line capacity and at the same time can facilitate Commuters.

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Jan 01 2017 (19:34)   Decongesting rail terminals

karbang   23 news posts
Entry# 2112756   News Entry# 290262         Tags   Past Edits
Packed with long-distance trains, all its tracks perennially occupied, the city railway station is not everyone’s terminal. The Yeshwantpur station was upgraded to decongest, but is caught up in operational issues. Can a new terminal at Baiyappanahalli be the game-changer?
Bengaluru’s collective, 33-year-old yearning for a suburban rail network has always had a stock response from the Railways and Centre: The tracks are saturated and its stations, space-starved. Can some smart use of available space free up the existing terminals?
For decades, the city station, now named after Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna, with its
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10 platforms, has remained Bengaluru’s premier rail head. Severe space-crunch forced the South Western Railway to acquire a part of the Binny Mill land from BBMP. But a project, sanctioned in 2013, to build a shunting yard there, is still stuck.
Here’s why: No access. A main road passes right across the land, and a plan to build a road underbridge with reinforced concrete cement (RCC) has not worked due to the multiplicity of underground utility lines.
The implications are clear. No shortcuts can work. A long-term alternative, as urban rail analyst Sanjeev Dyamannavar suggests, could be to dig up the entire area, build a proper four lane road and top it. This way, any number of tracks can be laid above, decongesting the city station.
Dedicated shunting yard
Lack of a dedicated shunting yard forces long-distance trains to be parked on tracks between the platforms. The pit lines and stabling lines run parallel to the platforms, blocking trains coming from the Cantonment side. The decongestion by shifting these lines to the Binny Mill land will be dramatic.
To introduce a fully functional commuter rail/suburban network for the city, freeing up tracks between stations/terminals is critical. Consultancy firm RITES had even recommended tripling/quadrupling the lines, so that suburban trains could be run on two lines at a frequency of five minutes during peak hours.
How does this plan fit into the available land between the City and Yeshwantpur terminals? Currently, the two biggest stations of Bengaluru are connected only by two tracks. Any chance of fitting in two more tracks has vanished with the Okalipuram bridge built by BBMP, points out Dyamannavar.
South Western Railway had parted with the land in exchange for the Binny Mill land. The bridge ramps are so designed that they rule out any additional tracks on that stretch. Future expansion is clearly out.
Inter-terminal linkage
This critical connectivity issue poses a big challenge for a seamless suburban network. But the Yeshwantpur terminal has another operational issue to sort out: The railway gate on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) cutting across the line towards Chikkabanavara station.
Due to high traffic on ORR, the police do not allow the gate to be closed for long durations. Long-distance trains from the city station are often stuck at platforms 1, 2 and 3 of Yeshwantpur station.
Unless these trains are allowed to move on to Chikkabanavara, trains from the city station are not given the green signal to proceed to Yeshwantpur. Result: Congestion at both the terminals. The 4th, 5th and 6th platforms at the Yeshwantpur station are occupied by inter-city trains that depart from the terminal.
Opening the road overbridge at the railway gate can potentially solve the problem. Trains can then leave the first three platforms in three minutes, accelerating incoming rail traffic from the city station side and back.
Yeshwantpur terminal extension
Once the operational issues are sorted out, the Railways could ideally think of a terminal extension or even a second terminal. Space should not be an issue, provided a factory that manufactures cement sleeper blocks for broad guage lines is shifted from the far-end of the station.
Railways had even offered a four-acre land to shift the facility outside the city. The move is being resisted. But if the area is cleared, eight to 10 tracks can be planned towards Tumakuru, up from the current three. The pit and stabling lines too could be extended, freeing up more space.
Only two tracks connect the city station with Baiyappanahalli station. But Railways has enough land – about 130 acres - for a full-fledged terminal.
Over the last four years, Rs. 20 crore has been spent to lay additional pit and stabling lines. Tenders were again called and awarded in October 2016 for three platforms, a pit line to clean and maintain coaches and other facilities, inform South Western Railway officials.
Baiyappanahalli project
The Rs 116-crore project envisages building eight platforms, six pitlines and stabling lines, station buildings, foot overbridges, signals and other associated installations.
Foundation stone for the project is expected to be laid in the second week of January. Once the terminal is commissioned as planned some time in 2018, a few inter-city trains are likely to terminate here without heading to the city station.
A full-fledged terminus at Baiyappanahalli, a decongested city railway station and an optimally utilised Yeshwantpur terminal, all linked by tripled or quadrupled tracks could effectively pave the way for a functional suburban rail network.
A sustained, coordinated approach by all stakeholders including citizens could make it happen. But is everyone moving in the same direction?
Linking Metro with SWR terminals
Seamless inter-modal transport connectivity implies helping commuters to switch from Namma Metro to a South Western Railway terminal or vice-versa. It is a reality at Baiyappanahalli, where a bridge funded by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) links the Metro terminal with the SWR station. In two years, the station is proposed to be upgraded to a terminal.
But this connection is glaringly lacking at Yeshwantpur, where the Metro station and SWR terminal are only a few metres apart.Thousands of commuters climb up and down stairs, lugging heavy baggage and cross the busy roads underneath to switch over. The SWR and BMRCL are yet to strike a cost-sharing deal on a bridge that would make it all easy.
Once the Metro phase I is fully launched with the green and purple lines intersecting at the Majestic station, the connectivity with the city railway station will have to be seamless. Currently, the Majestic Metro station has a single exit point, from where access to the city station is cumbersome.
Commuters are forced to walk 200-300 metres, step down to an underpass and climb up before heading to the ticket counters and platforms through another bridge.
A second entrance is from the Metro’s underground city station that leads to the 10th platform of the SWR station near Okalipuram. But it is a good walking distance away. A third entry route is now in the pipeline. This route will help commuters cross the Gubbi Thotadappa Road directly from the Majestic metro station, leading to the city station platforms.

  
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Jan 01 2017 (21:23)
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A detailed article. But just doesn't go the whole hog in highlighting SWR's failure to prevent encroachments under its nose. A small temple now built into a huge one next to staff quarters, slum allowed to grow around SBC and YPR. Even after getting the Binny Mill land in 2013, doing nothing to clear the squatters at the run down mill and extending yard beyond ETS for stabling lines.

  
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deepakyerr~   695 blog posts
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Where is the location of new Byappanhalli station is it in between the space of metro rail and ksrtc terminal in kasturinagar or the line towards banaswadi. If its so then it I'll be 1 km away and how I'll it be connected to metro for seemless travel even the road network seems to be lacking. Due to bbmp lacking of proper planning g they have given land to bmrcl for old madras road kasturinagar road is too narrow which should be at least 100 ft with 2.5lanes on both sides.
  
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Dec 28 2016 (08:07)   Centre plans exclusive body for city rail projects

karbang   23 news posts
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The Centre is contemplating setting up an organisation exclusively for developing and implementing rail infrastructure projects in Bengaluru.
Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar said on Tuesday that a proposal to set up Bengaluru Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise (B-RIDE) was before the Railway Ministry. He was speaking after the launch of an e-book highlighting the achievements of the Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry in the last 30 months.
“B-RIDE can focus on rail projects confined to Bengaluru on the lines of Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise (K-RIDE) that looks into feasibility and development of railway projects
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at the state level,” Kumar said. The move could help in expediting projects like the commuter rail for Bengaluru - connecting Ramanagaram to Kengeri, Tumakuru to Yeshwantpur and Yelahanka to Doddaballapur, among others.
Ananth Kumar, who represents the Bengaluru South Parliamentary constituency, said Bengaluru commuter rail will have mainline electrical multiple units (MEMU) coaches which have a capacity of one-and-a-half times of that of regular coaches.
“A section of commuter rail in Bengaluru will be operational and running within the next few months. The aim is that Bengaluru too should have a local train network like Mumbai”, Ananth Kumar said.
Listing out the achievements of his ministry, Kumar said Karnataka had been offered 200 generic drug stores where around 600 variety of life-saving drugs and surgical materials will be made available at cheaper prices. The state has to provide space to house these stores near taluk and district government hospitals, he added.
Kumar said the Centre had directed companies to provide fertilisers to farmers on credit for the next two months to ensure adequate supply of soil nutrients for the rabi season.

  
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Dec 28 2016 (08:09)
karbang   32 blog posts
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Hope 2017 brings Bangalore the much needed Namma Railu and some relief traffic congestion.

  
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Dec 28 2016 (15:02)
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Success mainly depends on the active support and participation from state govt. It would have been much better if state govt have taken lead in this matter, as the chances of success would be high in that case.
  
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Dec 21 2016 (08:22)   Government may partially meet commuter rail demand

karbang   23 news posts
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Under public pressure to start a suburban train service in Bengaluru, the South Western Railway (SWR) is likely to introduce new trains on two existing lines that connect the city centre with the suburbs.
More trains could run from Bengaluru City to Bangarpet (via Whitefield) and Ramanagaram, given the feasibility to operate the services on the two lines. The two lines have been listed under Phase A, Stage 1, of the Bengaluru suburban railway project, whose detailed project report (DPR) was prepared by RITES, a Central government-owned engineering consultancy.
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discussion with the railways, it has been decided to introduce new trains on these lines on priority. This can be done faster using the existing infrastructure.
It’s also possible to add more trains on the Yeshwantpur-Tumakuru railway line,” a state government official, who oversees the city’s suburban project, told DH.
Phase A, Stage 1, entails introduction of seven new services or replacement of 15 existing conventional trains with Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains. This will cost Rs 360 crore and needs the approval of the state Cabinet, he noted.
“Once the state government agrees to fund the project, it will take six to eight months to procure a rake (a group of coaches) and complete the signalling work. The electric-powered trains have engines and can move in both directions without having to take a turn like conventional trains,” the official said.
An extensive suburban train project for Bengaluru has been proposed to be spread over three stages and estimated to cost Rs 9,000 crore. It involves commuter train services from Bengaluru City to Hosur (41 km), Doddaballapur (37 km), Ramanagaram (46 km), Tumakuru (64 km), Chikkaballapur (57 km), Bangarpet (84 km) and Nelamangala (27 km).
According to K N Krishna Prasad of Karnataka Railway Vedike, all lines except the Lottegollahalli-Hosur stretch (via Hebbal and Banaswadi) are doubled and electrified, which makes it easy to introduce the suburban train services.
Urban mobility analyst Sanjeev Dyamannavar, however, said more commuter trains on the two routes would be of little help unless the railways prioritised them over outbound services. “Besides conventional passenger trains, the city has three MEMU and DEMU trains each. It would be difficult for people to switch to commuter services unless the SWR increases their frequency,” he added.

  
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irifan2015   459 blog posts
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If rlys are really serious, they should take actions to link existing lines. Few are listed:
1. Hosur line to YNK line near Lottegollanahalli. 2 kms.
2. YNk CBP line new branch line to airport. 6 kms.
3. DBP to Muddalinganahalli on Tumkur line. 25 kms.
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Heelalige to Electronic city new line. 6 to 8 kms.

  
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Prometh Suresh   106 blog posts   180 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Before starting the suburban services towards Ramanagaram they should complete the electrification work on SBC-MYS line

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