Electrification work on part of track will cut travel time by 30 minutesThe IT City is all set to get closer to Tumakuru, which is about 70 km away from the city. Once the South Western Railway (SWR) completes electrification of the railway line, the travel time between these two cities is likely to reduce from 1.30 hours to one hour. The electrification work is expected to be over by the end of this year. “We have completed the tender process. The electrification of the line to Tumakuru should be done by October-November,” Ajay Kumar Singh, General Manager at SWR, told BM. He and Divisional Railway Manager (Bengaluru) Ashok Kumar Verma inspected the Bengaluru - Tumakuru line on Sunday. While a part of the 70-km double line between the city and Chikkabanavara is already electrified, electrification of the remaining stretch up to Tumakuru was pending. The SWR is likely to complete... more...
the work in 6-8 months as the tender process is already over. Currently, while the express train covers the 70 km in 1 hour and 30 minutes, the passenger train takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Recently, the SWR introduced a DEMU train that takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes, despite providing stops at 13 stations. The electric MEMU train is expected to reduce the journey time further. .In all, the SWR operates about 40 express, superfast and passenger trains on the line. “About 25,000 people, from software professionals and garment workers to students, use the train services daily to commute to Bengaluru. The fare is also cheaper as the monthly season pass costs only Rs 270,” Karanam Ramesh secretary of Tumkuru - Bengaluru Railway Prayanikara Vedike, said. The association has urged the authorities to introduce passenger train between 10 am and 4.30 pm at regular intervals. “The Yeshwanthpur station is close to industrial areas such as Peenya, Dabaspet, Nidavanda and Hirehalli. Hundreds commute from Tumakuru daily and most depend on trains as buses are costly,” the letter, submitted to SWR, stated. Suburban railSeparately, the government has approved a 148-km suburban rail project, a part of which is proposed between Yeshwantpur and Chikbanavara. The Rs 18,500-crore project, consisting of a total of four corridors, will have two dedicated tracks exclusively for suburban passengers. The proposal currently awaits approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
Simply raise MST by 10 and you may see riots. MST is calculated on ordinary passenger fare, and most of these 25k people travel by M/E or higher and not DEMU and proposed MEMU. Start a monthly increase of 5 for MST to match with at least 30, then 40 journeys per month. Many of those use the facility to travel multiple times everyday, mostly traders or their agents/employees. No poor people will be affected by a hike of 5 in their monthly bill.
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