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Jn. Pt. PKD/YPR/CBP/CSDR, Kamakshiamma Layout, Yelahanka, Bengaluru - 560064
State: Karnataka

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Sep 15 (13:47) Bengaluru: SWR begins probe after train passes open railway crossing at Yelahanka (
Commentary/Human Interest
SWR/South Western

News Entry# 464882  Blog Entry# 5066867   
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Stations:  Yelahanka Junction/YNK  
BENGALURU: South Western Railway (SWR) has begun a probe into an incident in which a train carrying ballast passed an open level-crossing gate at Yelahanka on Sunday.
Level-crossing gates are kept closed during train movement to prevent vehicles from crossing the tracks.

Sources said a major tragedy was averted on Yelahanka-Bangarpet section at around 1pm on Sunday, thanks to an alert loco pilot
and motorists near the railway- crossing gate. The loco pilot kept honking and then slowed down and stopped the train well past the level-crossing, while some motorists near the gate alerted others about the approaching train.
A video of the incident shot by a motorist went viral on social media. Many blamed the gateman and railway officials for the negligence.

However, SWR officials said the airport rail section is closed as there are no train movements and, hence, a gateman wasn’t posted there. “We will post a gateman once train movements are restored,” said an official.
“If gone unnoticed, it would have led to a major accident. Considering the level-crossing was open, motorists would have driven through without noticing the train. This could have led to a collision. Action should be initiated against the erring officials,” said a motorist in the area.
SWR chief public relations officer Aneesh Hegde said: “This is Yelahanka-Bangarpet section via Kolar. Currently, trains are not running in this section (neither passenger, nor goods trains), except maintenance machines and ballast trains. The train seen in the video is a material train carrying ballast. The loco pilot has followed precautions of slowing down, whistling frequently as per rules ('Caution Order' is a notice for observing speed restrictions and whistling had been issued to him as per rules since gateman was not posted). An enquiry is ordered consisting of four senior officers of administrative grade to probe into the issue, fix responsibility as per rules. It is not a case of an averted accident. But, it is an unusual incident, and based on findings of the enquiry committee suitable measures will be put in place to address errors - human or technical. The engine maintains records of speed etc which will be verified by the committee of officers".
However, another railway official said: “There are different aspects to this. Ideally, the train should have stopped before the level-crossing, but then it moved a little further and stopped after the loco pilot applied the emergency brake. Now, train movement on this route has reduced due to lesser traffic after Covid-19, so a gateman may not have been deployed there. Only a thorough investigation will tell.”
When it is an interlocked gate, the signal doesn’t turn green if the gate is open. However, this particular one was not an interlocked one.
Aug 27 (18:26) Airport metro eco-impact: Greens seek ADB's intervention to boost transparency (
Commentary/Human Interest
BMRC/Bangalore Metro

News Entry# 463101  Blog Entry# 5052210   
  Past Edits
Aug 27 2021 (18:26)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by Pit line at Bjp is need of the hour/48335

Aug 27 2021 (18:26)
Station Tag: Yelahanka Junction/YNK added by Pit line at Bjp is need of the hour/48335

Aug 27 2021 (18:26)
Station Tag: Kempegowda International Airport Halt/KIAD added by Pit line at Bjp is need of the hour/48335

Aug 27 2021 (18:26)
Station Tag: Hebbal/HEB added by Pit line at Bjp is need of the hour/48335
Advocacy group GrowthWatch has urged the Asian Development Bank to plug the lacunae and boost transparency
Frustrated that the airport metro line’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) has not been made accessible for informed public consultation, advocacy group GrowthWatch has urged the project’s funding agency — Asian Development Bank (ADB) — to plug the lacunae and boost transparency. 
In a letter addressed to the bank’s managing director-general and other senior officials, Growthwatch members pointed out: “A DPR that forms the basis of understanding of any large infrastructure project is impossible to access! It is neither
available on BMRCL’s website nor on the ADB’s. Citizens’ request to BMRCL on this via the Right to Information Act has gone unanswered.”
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has proposed to axe 4,538 trees for the airport line. To study the maze of public notices and addendums on the ecological impact and to provide informed inputs, citizens have sought an extension of time. 
Read | BMRCL to borrow $500 million from ADB for airport metro corridor
Demanding a better system of public consultation to enable meaningful citizen engagement, GrowthWatch observed that the citizens were swamped with reading, tracking and surveying a maze of notices with supporting documents that are issued for different “packages” at various times.
ADB, citing information furnished by BMRCL, responded that public notices for tree cutting were published on April 30, June 23 and 24, seeking public opinion within 10 days from the date of publication. Corrigendums and addendums were issued in the wake of the lockdowns, allowing objections to be filed effectively up to July 18.
Growthwatch contended that despite multiple restrictions due to the lockdowns, the responsibility to gather data, undertake field studies and file meaningful objections was placed on the citizens, all within 10 days of each notice.
The group also saw as ‘worrying’ the pattern of splitting the airport line project and release of its impact on the environment in “packages” and further sub-packages. “Splitting enables BMRCL to put forth the numbers of trees to be felled for its projects in bits and pieces.”
When confronted with portions instead of the whole picture, the Growthwatch members noted, the Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), others in the city Bengaluru municipality, environmental and urban experts and common citizens are all pushed into a state of complete confusion. 
This, they felt, “could be the reason we find the DCF BBMP clearing every proposal BMRCL sends in for tree felling to make way for the metro.”
Aug 22 (12:03) Airport metro to undo all the hard and costly work of white-topping ORR (
Commentary/Human Interest
BMRC/Bangalore Metro

News Entry# 462601  Blog Entry# 5047478   
  Past Edits
Aug 22 2021 (12:03)
Station Tag: Kempegowda International Airport Halt/KIAD added by Pit line at Bjp is need of the hour/48335

Aug 22 2021 (12:03)
Station Tag: Dodjala/DJL added by Pit line at Bjp is need of the hour/48335

Aug 22 2021 (12:03)
Station Tag: Yelahanka Junction/YNK added by Pit line at Bjp is need of the hour/48335

Aug 22 2021 (12:03)
Station Tag: Hebbal/HEB added by Pit line at Bjp is need of the hour/48335
In utter disbelief and dismay, road users are wondering aloud with collective angst
White-topping was once dubbed as the ultimate panacea for all the road troubles faced by lakhs of motorists. So they endured long, taxing hours trapped in impossibly arduous traffic gridlocks. But just when they thought the white-topped Outer Ring Road (ORR) would be theirs for a smooth ride, the airport metro line threatens to break it all open to erect its pillars. 
In utter disbelief and dismay, road users are wondering aloud with collective angst: "Is this some kind of
a joke? Did the Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) not know that the metro pillars are just round the corner? Did the two agencies not coordinate, plan and draw their road maps together?" 
First, the facts: The Palike spent an estimated Rs 15 crore to white-top every kilometre of the six-lane ORR. Since the median is too narrow to accommodate pillars on vast stretches of this arterial road, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will cut through the white-top layer. 
As it prepares to turn a construction nightmare for years, the ORR is now seen as a classic case of poor inter-agency coordination, poor planning and unacceptable wastage of taxpayers' money. In support of this contention, motorists, mobility experts and urban planners all point to a now-forgotten project proposed on the same road: The Bust Rapid Transit System (BRTS). 
BRTS dumped 
The BRTS was designed to link Silk Board Junction and Hebbal, its dedicated bus lane running right in the middle of the ORR. The previous state government had even assured budgetary support for the project estimated to cost about Rs 500. A high-powered committee, chaired by the chief secretary, had given the go-ahead for the project. 
This was three years after the commissioning of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA, then called BIA after Bengaluru) in May 2008. An airport metro line was nowhere on the drawing board. Based on a World Resources Institute (WRI) India report, the BRTS was billed as the only solution to decongest the already crowded ORR. 
But, as urbanist V Ravichandar recalls, the BRTS lost out to the metro. The decision was announced after a meeting four years ago, where mobility experts, urban planners and other key stakeholders collectively argued for the BRTS in the wake of the Bogota experience. "The system’s love for the metro is overarching," he notes. 
So if the metro was to come up on this ORR stretch, why did the BBMP not leave the space for the pillars during white-topping? But by then, the metro along the ORR had changed its alignment first as a separate line till Hebbal, then as an airport line heading right at Hennur and back again through Hebbal. The alignment change was well-publicised, but the white-topping work continued. 
"We don’t have a single, holistic way to plan mobility solutions in a comprehensive way," Ravichandar says. "The BBMP, the BMRCL, the BMTC, the BDA and other agencies don’t sit together. They work in silos. There is no holistic central plan where all the parts fit." 
Interference risk 
Urbanist Ashwin Mahesh agrees: "Since there is no comprehensive plan, no project can be executed without the risk of interference from another agency. Mobility projects should have a network plan, be it the metro, the BRTS or even cycling lanes. Without coordination, you cannot expect an integrated approach. We have lost the plot." 
The only way out appears to be a robust Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) for the city. Contends urban mobility activist Sathya Sankaran, "The UMTA/BMLTA legislation should clearly say that the BMTC or the BMRCL should listen to the authority. For this to happen, it should be headed by a senior-level officer." 
The authority should be empowered to decide the metro alignment, and be adequately staffed to cover the entire city spanning multiple agencies, says Sankaran. While this is still a vision, the airport metro line is all set to transform the ORR with no visible plan to fit either the cycling or bus priority lane.
Aug 21 (21:18) South Western Railway to commission electrification of 6 sections by September 30 (
New Facilities/Technology
SWR/South Western

News Entry# 462548  Blog Entry# 5047240   
  Past Edits
Aug 21 2021 (21:19)
Station Tag: Sivadi/SZV added by Rail Fanning/718429

Aug 21 2021 (21:19)
Station Tag: Palakkodu/PCV added by Rail Fanning/718429

Aug 21 2021 (21:19)
Station Tag: Tumakuru (Tumkur)/TK added by Rail Fanning/718429

Aug 21 2021 (21:19)
Station Tag: Banaswadi/BAND added by Rail Fanning/718429

Aug 21 2021 (21:19)
Station Tag: Baiyyappanahalli/BYPL added by Rail Fanning/718429

Aug 21 2021 (21:19)
Station Tag: Yelahanka Junction/YNK added by Rail Fanning/718429
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South Western Railway is likely to commission electrification of six rail sections in Bengaluru division by September 30.
The sections are: Yelahanka-Devanahalli, Byappanahalli-Banaswadi, Yeshwantpur-Chikkabanavara, Chikkabanavara-Hirehalli, Hirehalli-Tumakuru and Palakkodu-Sivadi (Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu).
Officials said 70% of work has been completed in Yelahanka-Devanahalli and Byappanahalli-Banaswadi sections, 90% in Palakkodu-Sivadi and others are 100%.The electrification will help SWR operate Memu trains on Bengaluru-Tumakuru and Bengaluru-Devanahalli lines.Once electrification between Yelahanka and Devanahalli (23km) is done, airport-bound passengers can travel in Memu trains to and from KIA halt station, located 3.5km away from Bengaluru airport.
Jul 23 (10:50) Land acquisition issues further delay crucial SWR project (
Major Accidents/Disruptions
SWR/South Western

News Entry# 460053  Blog Entry# 5022636   
  Past Edits
Jul 23 2021 (10:50)
Station Tag: Penukonda Junction/PKD added by Rail Fanning/718429

Jul 23 2021 (10:50)
Station Tag: Yelahanka Junction/YNK added by Rail Fanning/718429
Posted by: RFIR~ 501 news posts
The crucial doubling line project between Yelahanka and Penukonda of the South Western Railway Zone will now be completed only by October due to delays in land acquisitionThe crucial doubling line project between Yelahanka and Penukonda of the South Western Railway Zone will now be completed only by October due to delays in land acquisition. The Covid lockdowns and labour issues also threw a spanner in the works. A total of 48 km is yet to be completed out of the 120.55-km stretch of this line. The project was sanctioned in the financial year 2015-2016.
A reliable source told TNIE that parcels of land required in Rangepalli in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh have emerged as a major bone of contention. “Even
on Tuesday (July 20), farmers protested by squatting on the railway tracks near Rangepalli over the issue,” he said. A total of 48.2 km of the line falls in AP and the rest in Karnataka.
SWR is yet to acquire 23.2 acres required for the project. There are two categories of disgruntled land owners. “One section has given the land to the Railways and are worried that their compensation will not be paid fully if the project gets completed. Another section does not want to part with their land and are protesting against it,” the source said. He expressed optimism that the issues will be resolved within a fortnight.
“We had set a target of September this year for completion, but now we are looking at October-end,” he added.The series of lockdowns and shortage of labour force, too, delayed the project. However, the line has been completed in phases and those stretches made operational.
The 36-km stretch between Makalidurga and Devarapalli was commissioned on April 5, 2019, while the stretch between Yelahanka and Makalidurga was commissioned on February 25, 2021. As per data made available by the SWR, the total cost of the project is expected to be Rs 988.37 crore at the time of completion. Another source said, “More trains can be run when the line is fully doubled. Trains can be run from KSR Bengaluru or Yesvantpur towards AP, Delhi and in the Hubballi direction.” No one in the Railways gave specifics on the cost escalation expected for the doubling project due to the delay in completion.

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Jul 23 (17:49)
irifan2015   1347 blog posts
Re# 5022636-3            Tags   Past Edits
Land issues are there for Tumkur Rayadurga and Tumkur Chitradurga lines also.
Why can't railways explore new line connecting SBC DMM line with proposed TK Rayadurga line -- something like 40 km line between Hindupur to Madakasira or Penukonda to Pavagada?
This is again in SWR only.
Will provide an alternate route to congested DMM line. Trains to North Karnataka can run
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