New Delhi: In what is likely to brighten the face of many Bengaluru residents, the Indian railways has now sanctioned a Rs 492.87-crore project to ease traffic congestion in the IT city. According to a tweet from the Union Rail Minister, Piyush Goyal, the Railways has given its nod to a quadrupling project with a provision of two additional lines from Bengaluru Cant to Whitefield at a cost of Rs 492.87 crore.
Aiming to ease congestion & enhance Suburban & other railway traffic in Bengaluru, Central Govt. sanctions a Quadrupling Project, with a provision of 2 additional lines between Bengaluru Cantt. & Whitefield, which will benefit 62,000 daily commuters.https://t.co/Qq9wkNLspq pic.twitter.com/DskaZ3GY9G
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) March 22, 2018
The 25-km stretch will involve six most important stations--Bengaluru Cantonment, Bengaluru East, Baiyyapannahalli, Krishnarajapuram, Hoodi and Whitefield.
The project is likely to benefit 62,000 daily commuters in this section as it will make commuting between these stations easy and faster.
The project will be completed within two to three years. It will be a boon for those belonging to the IT hub of Whitefield, a statement issued by the Railway Ministry said.
Ministry of #Railways grants ₹492.87 crore to Quadruple the #Railway track between #Bengaluru and #Whitefield
This #project is likely to benefit 62,000 daily #commuters.#Karnataka #NewRailNewIndia #RailwayUpgradePlan #PromisesInMotion pic.twitter.com/WFNQnOIk5I
— SouthWestern Railway (@SWRRLY) March 22, 2018
At present, 146 and 94 trains operate from Bengaluru and Yesvantpur stations, respectively, out of which 122 are of suburban nature catering to commuters.
A major chunk of the suburban trains is running in Bengaluru-Whitefield section.
In view of increasing commuter requirement, in last one-and-a-half year itself, 26 suburban services have been introduced along with seven long-distance trains in Bengaluru area, the statement said.
Besides, four suburban services between KSR Bengaluru- Baiyyappanahalli and Baiyappanahalli- Bengaluru have been introduced, it added.
(With PTI inputs)