Thursday, December 31, 2020

Bengaluru: Suburban trains to KIA from Monday

Bengaluru: Flyers and airport employees can travel by suburban trains to and from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in less than a week.

South Western Railway (SWR) has decided to increase the number of Demu/Memu trains from existing six pairs (12 trains) to 15 pairs (30 trains) from January 4 (Monday). This includes two trains, which will pass through the KIA halt station. However, some of the existing suburban trains will be either merged or cancelled and detailed list of trains and their timings will be released in a day or two.

The 06279 Yeshwantpur-Bangarpet Demu train which leaves Yeshwantpur at 8:30am, will reach KIA halt at 9.16am. In the return trip, 06280 Bangarpet-KSR Bengaluru City Demu train will leave Bangarpet at 4pm, arrive at KIA halt at 6.42pm and reach KSR Bengaluru City at 8.20pm. Another train — 06269 Bengaluru Cantonment-Bangarpet Demu — will leave from Bengaluru Cantonment at 5.55pm and reach KIA halt at 6.50pm. Likewise, 06270 Bangarpet-Yeswantpur Demu will leave from Bangarpet at 5.30pm and reach KIA halt at 8.25pm and Yeshwantpur at 9.25pm.

According to sources, there is a possibility of operating trains to the airport even before January 4. SWR sources said they are planning to open the KIA halt station on Thursday or the first week of January. “Inauguration of the halt station was postponed due to the model code of conduct in place because of gram panchayat elections. We were planning to start services from December 31, 2020 or the first week of January. We are waiting for a green signal from the state government as the railway board has already given the nod. The inauguration will be either on January 4 or before,” said a source from SWR.

31/12/20 Times of India

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