Friday, August 25, 2017

Karnataka wants DEMU from Yeshwantpur to Kempe Gowda International Airport for now

Bengaluru: he State government has asked the Railways to consider running Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) services from Yeshwantpur to the Kempe Gowda International Airport (KIA). The remarks were made during a high-level meet involving State government, Metro and Railway officials at Vidhana Soudha on Friday. Connectivity to airport and prioritisation of suburban services were among the issues discussed. Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia, who chaired the meet, told Express, “The Metro link to airport might take three to four years to be completed. The proposed rail link to airport from Yeshwantpur via Yelahanka requires electrification of the tracks. Until that happens, we have asked Railways to consider running DEMU services f from Yeshwantpur till Chikkaballapur.”
To cover the 3 kilometre distance from Yeshvantpur till the airport, we can have shuttle services, the Chief Secretary said. “Yeshwantpur has the rail capacity in place. What we need are more platforms. We can consider having an elevated platform here to facilitate services to the airport,” he said. This could be a bit costly, he added. “The possibility of a third and fourth railway line between Cantonment railway station and Whitefield were also discussed,” the CS said. Whitefield is heavily congested and it could help, he added.
25/08/17 New Indian Express