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SWR asks Karnataka govt for land in Byappanahalli

BENGALURU: The Southwestern Railway (SWR) has decided to request the state government to part with 40 acres of the sprawling New Government Electric Factory (NGEF) land in Byappanahalli to build stabling lines and other infrastructure for suburban train services close to its maintenance shed.

The SWR plans to introduce MEMU (mainline electric multiple unit) rakes for suburban services.The existing suburban trains too will be converted into MEMU services, reports PTI.

The SWR already has a MEMU maintenance shed at Banaswadi but will require more land to build stabling lines to park the MEMU units. And, it has spotted the NGEF land.

“We have verbally communicated our requirement at a recent meeting with Bengaluru city development minister KJ George.We will now be following it up with a for mal request to the government,” said RS Saxena, divisional railway manager (DRM), Bangalore Division.

The NGEF, which once made electric motors, switch gears and other products, is today left with about 119 acres. Earlier, portions of the NGEF land was used to build metro depot and the station. KSRTC & BMTC too have built depots and bus stands on its land. The railway authorities hope a portion of this land could be used for the suburban train project.

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