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Blog Entry# 2094905
Posted: Dec 18 2016 (09:45)

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Dec 18 2016 (09:44)   Rail yatra is an eye-opener for many

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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
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
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
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

3 posts - Sun Dec 18, 2016

Dec 18 2016 (23:36)
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My personal opinion wrt to the city of Bangalore has been that authorities & public only seem to wake up when the situation becomes really bad. They should have thought of the same much ahead. It is impossible to think of adding an existing line for suburban services in the already congested SBC-Whitefield stretch. Also YPR-Hosur line doubling is also very difficult as one can see lots of residential apartments in close proximity to the tracks. Not sure how all of these can be solved . In the current scenario this seems to be a tough ask.
But lets hope for the best !

Dec 18 2016 (23:59)
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Bengaluru has the largest fleet of city buses in the world. The need for suburban trains was never felt, with depots spread evenly across outskirts and catering to even far flung villages. Now with ever growing migration and everyone wanting to own a vehicle, the traffic mess has pushed all to look for alternatives.
These campaigns are mostly by those on the Tin factory and ORR route travellers. They are the IT crowd who get their each and every demand into newsprint. Media is customer-centric not news-centric.

These WFD commuters, I was one too for many years, got a station built near Hoodi and got a few trains extended and halts sanctioned. Again they complained that they want feeder buses to transport them from station to offices just a km away (there already are buses a few hundred meters from the station, but they want buses just beside the station). As i have mentioned in an another blog, I and a few hundred others used to get down at CONCOR or WFD satellite where the MEMU halted and walked to our offices or many labourers to their factories. We the regular travellers had many years kept asking for atleast an overbridge at WFD, got it after some unfortunate deaths. Most important things are needed but with some its just that they want to be physically lifted from their houses and carried in palanquins to their offices, in no time :)
Never satisfied with the new changes, they want everything handed on platter.
The above story and the views are surprising as you mentioned. There are some who live in a cocoon and their own ivory tower (A/C car), its only when things are pushed to a brink like unending traffic jam that they look for alternative and newspapers play it up with exaggeration.
This campaign is good in creating awareness among such. But will they switch to trains? No.....
Watching the innumerous cars with single occupant or two, one realises no matter how many public transport systems are created, no matter how many feeder buses are started from metro stations or Rly. stations, people who want to travel in their cars in AC comfort will never forgo it.
The ones we encounter in MEMU or pass are just BMTC travellers or a few who have switched from bike to train. Why would AC car folks switch to common man mode of transport :)

Dec 19 2016 (11:29)
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It means common man will no more suffer the traffic chaos :), only rich AC car travelers will get stuck there :P. Good at-least it will help majority of travelers

Dec 20 2016 (22:44)
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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

Dec 20 2016 (23:15)
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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.

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