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Blog Entry# 1949864  
Posted: Aug 02 2016 (21:42)

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Last Response: Aug 16 2016 (13:04)
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Aug 02 2016 (17:52)   Rail link to KIA for less than Rs 150 cr

Design Engineer at Johnson controls~   37 news posts
Entry# 1949864   News Entry# 275738         Tags   Past Edits
A dedicated railway link to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) can be a reality in three months, spending less than Rs. 100 crore.
If this sounds fantastic, consider this: The Yelahanka-Channasandra track has been doubled and electrified. Extend that to Baiyappahanalli, add a halt station under Trumpet Flyover near KIA and kickstart a dedicated train!
Is this more workable or a Namma Metro connection from Nagawara that could take at least 10 years and hundreds of crores to complete? A reality check by Deccan Herald offered the clinching evidence that a railway
link could be easily activated, and at a fraction of the money that the government wants to invest on a KIA metro link.
The reality
Here’s the reality: The track-doubling work till Channasandra station was completed in January. Train service on the new track commenced in March. Doubling the 4-km existing Channasandra - Baiyappanahalli and Channasandra - K R Puram line could now connect an airport train to Whitefield, the IT hub.
Under-utilised line
Since the Yelahanka-Devanahalli line is grossly underutilised, an airport train can be operated even with the existing single track, say urban rail experts. KIA-bound air passengers could alight at a halt station below the Trumpet Flyover and take a shuttle bus to the airport.
The station, along with loop-lines, could be built at a cost of about Rs. 15 crore. Add another Rs. 20 crore to electrify the Yelahanka-Devanahalli line and Rs. 50-75 crore for coaches, and the airport link will be all set. Even without a double track to Baiyappanahalli or K R Puram, the Channasandra station is by itself a convenient boarding point. Located right on the Outer Ring Road, the station is close to Ramamurthynagar, HRBR Layout, CV Raman Nagar and surrounding areas. But a short extension to Baiyappanahalli will connect this line to the Namma Metro terminal, benefiting commuters from Indiranagar, Halasuru and beyond.
Multiple boarding points
The Yelahanka station, currently being upgraded with an additional platform, is already well-connected to the city’s railway grid. Airport-bound passengers could board a train at the City Railway Station, Malleswaram or the Yeswantpur terminal to reach Yelahanka and head to the Trumpet Flyover halt station. Rail experts suggest that trains could be operated every 20 minutes from these stations and once in 30 minutes from the Whitefield-KR Puram-Channasandra side.
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Aug 09 2016 (22:28)
विश्व नाथ*   16775 blog posts   268 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 1949864-24            Tags   Past Edits
Local rail where it is not popular now can not made popular due certain factors:
Major is railway belongs to IR
IR can not suffer it's existing choked lines due to new Local trains Just see how many trains went MYS/BNC due to capacity problem at YPR/SBC
State have very negligible say in train operations
city like HYD/MAS/Calcutta have strong local train system but BLR in spite of huge growth is unsuitable for local train system.
I still wonder who planned Metro termination at BYPL a place no where ignoring KR Puram and beyond the most needy places.

Aug 15 2016 (21:22)
irifan2015   520 blog posts
Re# 1949864-25            Tags   Past Edits
Any problem in running few 3-4 coach trains from BNC to Airport?? Metro is a wasteful expenditure and will take another 20 years.
BMTC and cab operators to be taken into confidence. How about a joint venture between SWR,BMTC and Cab association for this project?!? Win Win situation?????

Aug 15 2016 (21:31)
विश्व नाथ*   16775 blog posts   268 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 1949864-26            Tags   Past Edits
I request you to Read Sunday ToI_Also posted here in news section tagging BLR /news/post/277191
Yes ! Big problem ! Why IR should lay a RailTrack just for Air passenger ? Seen anywhere in India ?
SWR not it is Ministry who makes decision.
is no Cab Association who is statutory body.
The NHAI constructed elevated highway on Bellary Road just for Airport investing big amount with Toll system a cash cow of long period for every stack holder.
In reality Bangalore is nobodies child, Everyone is doing everything to ruin it.

Aug 15 2016 (23:26)
The train not taken~   2650 blog posts
Re# 1949864-27            Tags   Past Edits
People here do not have the luxury of choice when it comes to public transport. So, any system of public transport will not have any problem in finding patronage. And as far as local train system being unsuitable in Bangalore, I suggest you have a look at Whitefield satellite goods terminal, Hoodi halt, BYPL or Bellandur road stations and see for yourself the sheer number of people depending on the few services that halt in these stations. Easily 30% of the train capacity is on the move at Hoodi and SGWF stations (especially on the SBC-MKM passenger in the morning and the AJJ-SBC passenger in the evening, two trains that I frequently take). Many people here are familiar with the regular train timings and many office goers and commuters can be seen at these stations during office timings to travel towards majestic.
Even HYD does not have dedicated tracks for local trains and SC is equally congested, but SCR is managing to provide a very good MRTS service in the city. They have made good utilization of the existing IR network before moving on to the costly options like Metro.
As far as choking lines is concerned, the YNK-KJM/BYPL route is hardly congested. Only 5 trains in each direction take this route daily ( between 6 AM and 9 PM), While the YNK-airport section has only 3 trains in the entire day, with practically no freight movement!
Similarly the HSRA-SBC route has no trains originating from SBC between 7:15 AM and 2:55PM and no trains from HSRA to SBC between 8:30AM and 2:50PM and with no significant freight traffic! Close to 7.5 hours of no service on this route! This is a serious under-utilization of resources.
With such gross under-utilization of routes, isn't it foolish to give more priority to a >35,000 crore Metro project that would take a decade to go through because of the extremely dense urban settlements in it's route, when a project that would cost hardly 2% of the Metro, with zero impact on city life and promises a faster return of investment is feasible?

Aug 16 2016 (13:04)
विश्व नाथ*   16775 blog posts   268 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 1949864-28            Tags   Past Edits
So you are not impressed what E Shreedhran said in BLR.
No problem,
For Metro you are not convinced, For Rail IR not interested.
Let live as it is. (However it is not fair to rubbish Metro on anticipated decade delay, So called high cost. Instead blame lethargy of system who failed to deliver Metro on time and even today failed to expand it

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