They had not realised how easy it is to criss-cross the city without getting stuck in traffic Regular railway commuters at six stations as well as those travelling by the Bangarpet passenger train on Saturday morning got a pleasant surprise when they were joined by hundreds of volunteers for a part of the journey. More than 500 Bengalureans, including students, boarded the train at various stations starting at Cantonment and disembarked at Whitefield as part of the #Chukubukubeku campaign. Their aim was to create awareness on the need for a commuter rail system... more...
for the city. The train and stations were a riot of colour. Participants came with placards, interacted with regular commuters and sang popular Kannada songs. “On the day that I took my first ride from Yeshwantpur to Hosur by train, I realised that we have beautiful stations which are well connected. A local train system can be introduced very easily,” said Muralidhar Rao, one of the participants. Tara Krishnaswamy, another participant, said, “We are aware of the fact that the Bangalore crowd is not familiar with commuter trains. Hence, we coined the term ‘Chikku Bukku’ to help them relate to the movement.” The yatra was an eye-opener for many who usually spend hours commuting by road to their work places every day. “To be honest, till today I was not aware that I could travel by these trains locally. This is a good option for senior citizens who have trouble boarding buses or hailing autorickshaws,” said Jayalakshmi, a senior citizen who participated in the yatra. Singer Raghu Dixit lent his voice to the campaign. “It costs only Rs. 10 to travel from Majestic to Whitefield and the journey takes only 30 minutes. Bengaluru must embrace commuter trains,” said Mr. Dixit who boarded the train at Cantonment railway station. At Whitefield station, the group was received by members of Whitefield Rising. They proceeded to hold an impromptu meeting in the main concourse of the station before dispersing. “It took Bengaluru 55 years to wake up to something like this. I am partially biased towards travelling in local trains compared with any other mode of transport,” said Prakash Belawadi, a theatre personality who took part in the rally. I have lived in Mumbai and the concept of travelling by commuter trains is not extraordinary. I am glad we are finally waking up to this option Ranjani, Mount Carmel College It takes an average of 40 minutes to cross the bridge in Marathahalli by road. Today, I did it in five minutes by train Keerthana, Mount Carmel College Stations on the outskirts are not even kept in mind. You can easily resolve all the traffic woes in the Nelamangala corridor if you just add a train to our existing railway network and make it a circular route, Prakash Mandoth, member, Zonal Railway Users’ Consultative Committee, Southern Railway and South Western Railway
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Agree with you. Looking at the audience who were in the protest march including some celebrities, one doubts whether they have ever travelled in the existing passenger trains . But anywys the issue seems to have been highlighted. Lets see how it progresses
True. Even the govt. to negate the ill will it got from the steel flyover wants to remedy its image somewhat by introducing a few MEMUs from its own fund. Also with Metro work picking up pace on Tin factory-WFD sections, the mess needs some solutions hence this sudden clamour for suburban trains.