BENGALURU: The South Western Railways will launch a new train service from Byappanahalli to Whitefield on August 18, responding to popular demand from employees of ITITES firms and other private sector companies.
The need for this train service has gone up after the BMRCL took up the extension of Namma Metro from Byappanahalli to Whitefield, reports The Economic Times.
Once the civil work of the project start in full scale, it will hinder the smooth flow of road traffic leading to delayed commute.
In view of this, several organisations such as Whitefield Rising and Whitefield Export Promotion Park Industrial Association and people’s representatives including local MP PC Mohan had sought early introduction of a local train to ease the traffic.
This will be the second exclusive train on the 15-km section. With this, the number of trains plying one-way on this section will rise to 19.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who will be in Bengaluru for two days from August 17, is likely to flag off the new train -a diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU).
There are already enough services to and from Whitefield but the popularity and success of any service depends on its reliability, said Sanjeev Dyamannavar, a commuter rail activist.