In a piece of good news to the residents of Bengaluru, the travel time to Bengaluru airport will be soon cut short under an hour.
According to new development, the southwestern railways have confirmed that a railway station will be coming up close to the Kempegowda International Airport. The new railway station will be at a distance of fewer than five kilometers from the airport and will have a shuttle bus service by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL). The South Western Railways have also confirmed that the airport will be ready by the end of August. The General Manager of South Western Railways AK Singh said,
“By August-end all construction work will be over and once the ministry gives approval we can function from the next day itself.”
Although the station was first scheduled to be finished by the end of 2019 has been delayed in the construction phase. The pandemic has led to few changes in design and is now ready in a month. Once it begins to function, the service would be helpful for hundreds of workers who work in the airport and also the thousands of passengers who will avail the service with a meager budget of Rs. 30. As of now, the government-run airport buses cost a minimum fare of Rs. 150 from Hebbal and around Rs. 320 from Electronic city. However, private cabs cost more than a thousand for a single way ride.
‘Station Needs To Be Upgraded’
The train services in the Yelahanka-Devanahalli route has not been operating where the new train station will fall into. Usually, there are three trains that operate in that route and once the station is opened, more trains will be assigned to the route. However, since the track is a single line, there is a problem with congestion. The convenor of citizens for citizens said that this would only be possible if the station is upgraded. He said,
“We had met the state chief secretary on this issue and when we discussed the cost for the same, he had expressed willingness to take on the project from the state government side but so far we are yet to hear anything.”