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Ministry of Railways has sanctioned Two additional lines from Bangalore contonment to Whitefield

By chandu Created on 03/22/2018 - 00:18 . Updated 03/22/2018 - 00:22

The project of Quadrupling between Bengaluru – Whitefield had been sanctioned during 1997-98 but was pending due to issues of land cost / availability, etc. In 2013, Government of Karnataka had referred the proposal to Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) for cost sharing, considering the project as part of Suburban Rail System for Bengaluru. However, MoUD recommended for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) of Krishnarajapuram and Whitefield stations involving extension of Bengaluru Metro, etc. In a meeting held on 07.12.2013 with Chief Secretary / Government of Karnataka, it had been decided to drop the quadrupling project considering its non-viability.

However, in 2017, keeping in view the requirements of augmenting line capacity, specially to meet the requirements of suburban traffic, Ministry of Railways decided to revive the Project. This Quadrupling Project, with a provision of 02 additional lines (one on either side of the existing 02 lines) from Bengaluru Cantt. To Whitefield has now been sanctioned by the Ministry of Railways at a cost of Rs.492.87 crores. The Project Will be taken up immediately and planned to be completed within a period of 2 – 3 years. It will be a boon for the local public of Bengaluru, specially belonging to the IT hub of Whitefield area. Presently 146 and 94 trains are running from Bengaluru and Yesvantpur stations out of which 122 are of suburban nature catering to commuters. A Major portion of these suburban trains are running in Bengaluru-Whitefield section. In view of increasing commuter requirement , in last one and half year itself, 26 suburban services have been introduced along with 7 long distance trains in Bengaluru area . Recently also 4 suburban services between KSR Bengaluru- Baiyyappanahalli and Baiyappanahalli- Bengaluru have been introduced. KSR Bengaluru- Whitefield railway line is now congested and it’s line capacity utilization has exceeded 100%.

As a measure to ease the congestion, it is decided to strengthen the busy section with two additional Railway lines between Bengaluru And Whitefield . This stretch of 25 Km will involve 6 most important stations Bengaluru Cantonment, Bengaluru East, Baiyyapannahalli, Krishnarajapuram , Hoodi and Whitefield . This will benefit 62,000 daily commmuters in this section by making commuting within Bengaluru easy and faster .