Thursday, August 23, 2007

Byappanahalli to have third railway terminal

Byappanahalli to have third railway terminal
Bangalore, DH News Service:

If there can be a third railway terminal to connect the IT city with other major metros, with extra trains, it can be at Byappanahalli.
Hardly five days after the chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Railways Basudeb Acharia emphasised upon the need for a third terminal in Bangalore, during an interaction meet, the railway officials began zeroing in upon the place, which is suitable for it.
The General Manager of South Western Railway Praveen Kumar while talking to media persons said, “We are conceptualising a new terminal, which would be developed at Byapanahalli,” he said.
The base to develop the third terminal at Byappannahalli is that there is already a yard with ‘self-contained coaching terminal’, which means there are all facilities available to start the train, like washing the train and filling water in the tanks of the coaches.
Rs 65 cr budget
The vast space available at this yard makes it suitable to develop six platforms where 32 to 35 new trains can be received and dispatched in a day.
Initial budget proposal is of Rs 65 crores.
However, Praveen Kumar believed that the estimated amount is not sufficient to develop the terminal.

RAY OF HOPE

There seems to be a ray of hope at the end of dark tunnel between Mangalore and Bangalore.
The South Western Railway officials are prepared to run an overnight express train and the possible date could be October 2, said sources in the SW Railways.
When the SWR GM Praveen Kumar was asked he said, we haven’t decided the date yet but we are ready to run an express train. He said, the SWR is gearing up to run at least five pairing trains a week between Bangalore and Mangalore.
He admitted that the landsliding is posing a big threat to the project and had compelled to extend the date to launch passenger trains in this route. He said, there is great business potential if passenger trains are started.

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