Bangalore Airport To Get A New Infrastructure of Halt Railway Station By December 2019
For the people of Bangalore, the commute to and from the airport is going to be more efficient with the upcoming halt railway station which will be structured near trumpet flyover. It will be located between Doddajala and Devanahalli railway stations and is supposed to be functional by December 2019 bringing much-needed relief to the passengers. Ashok Kumar Verma, the divisional railway manager stated that two trains, running between KSR Bengaluru City railway station and Devanahalli will halt at the proposed railway station from next month.
Bangalore International Airport Limited which operates Kempegowda International Airport is responsible for constructing this railway station. “We have approved the design submitted by BIAL. It will have limited facilities since it is a halt station. BIAL will also operate the shuttle service between the railway station and the terminal. This will benefit both passengers and staff” quoted Ashok Kumar Verma.
The station will be located close to the airport boundary. It is supposed to accommodate a ticket counter, waiting area, toilet and parking area. The total estimated cost of the project is around 150 crores.
Rajkumar Dugar, the founder of Citizens of Citizens NGO, launched an online petition for Bengaluru trains to be connected with the airport and so far it has received more than 12.5 signatures. He insists on the statement that this railways station is the result of a long pending demand of the people of Bengaluru. This halt station will also help commuters to travel to other districts of Bengaluru.
This 148 kilometres long railway corridor between KSR Bengaluru City and Devanahalli will be taken upon priority. It will reduce the usual time of 2.5 hours to reach to the airport to 60 minutes which will benefit approximately half a million people in Bengaluru. According to Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya, “It takes more than 2 or 2.5 hours for anyone in the city to reach the airport due to saturated traffic conditions of the city. The stoppage of trains at Devanahalli halt, which is located at 10 minutes drive from the airport, will reduce travel time drastically.”