Thursday, March 12, 2009

Byappanahalli railway station project on hold

Byappanahalli railway station project on hold
DC | BENGALURU No headway

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has been made on remodelling the Byppanahalli railway station and upgrade it to world class standards with help from China as planned.
Divisional railway manager, South Western Railways, Akhil Agrawal, says teams from China have visited the Byappanahalli station twice to inspect it and make plans to upgrade it to international standards.

“But we have not got any updates from their side till now. Their response is awaited,” he added.

A high-level Chinese team has visited the station as part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in January last year during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Beijing. The agreement, valid for three years, envisages development of railrelated programmes of mutual interest by the two countries.

Development of Byappanahalli railway station was suggested to take the burden off the Yeshwanthpur and Majestic Railway stations, which are taking the brunt of rail traffic in the city.

These two major stations are likely to get even more crowded once new trains are sanctioned for Karnataka.

The introduction of the Bengaluru-Tumkur and Bengaluru-RamanagaraTumkur hourly train service, and a BengaluruRajdhani between Hazrat Nizamuddin (New Delhi) and the city via Kacheguda (Hyderabad) could soon add to the rail traffic at Yeshwanthpur and Majestic stations.

“We definitely need to come up with some initiative to upgrade the stations seeing the increased demand for the railways,” observe SWR officials.


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