Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport will get a ‘Halt’ railway station near its premises. The station will be located near the trumpet flyover between Doddajala and Devanahalli railway stations. The project will be ready by December this year.
KIA to get ‘Halt’ railway station
Recently an online petition was launched by Rajkumar Dugar, which was titled as ‘Bengaluru needs trains to Airport’. Surprisingly, the petition was signed by more than 12,500 people within a couple of weeks.
The proposed halt station or mini station will be close to the airport boundary. It will have a ticket counter, waiting room, toilets, and parking facilities, and the total project will cost around 1.5 crores.
“We have approved the design submitted by BIAL. It will hold restricted facilities since it is a halt station. BIAL will also operate shuttle service between the station and terminal. This will benefit both passenger and staff,” an official said.
MP Tejasvi Surya met some railway officials on Thursday requesting for more rail services to the airport. “It needs more than 2 or 2.5 hours for anyone in the city to enter the Airport due to the soggy traffic situation in Bengaluru today. The stoppage of trains in this Halt station, which is about 10 minutes drive from the airport, will reduce travel time drastically. This will benefit at least half a million people in Bengaluru,” said Surya.
What is a Halt Railway Station?
These railway stations are small railway stations in which fewer trains would stop. Such railway stations usually are not staffed by Indian Railway personnel, but by a contractor who issues railway tickets and manages the premises. These railway stations generally do not have any signaling facilities. The signal is given by the controller sitting in office HQ.
Normally all trains run on a line cleared basis, if a train is granted a green signal from the next station then it is not necessary to stop the train at that station, but if any particular train is scheduled to halt at that station it will be held for that much of time.