From Monday onwards, travelers in Bangalore will finally be able to take a train that goes close to the International Airport which is located outskirts of the city. Until now, passengers were dependent on Airport taxis, bus services which used to cost around INR 250 per person.
Now, South Western Railway began suburban train services to Devanahalli Station which is located near to the airport and this new service will be the first non-expensive, faster and non-road services for commuters to reach the airport. A total of 5 pairs of trains are scheduled to run from the city center to the airport with fares as low as INR 10-15 and reportedly, BMTC shuttle services will run from train station to airport with fares as low as INR10.
Speaking about this, Karnataka Chief Minister Shri BS Yediyurappa tweeted, “Starting Monday, Bengalureans can take a train to Kempegowda International Airport, Devanahalli station. Trains will operate from Bengaluru city station to the newly built KIA, Devanahalli Railway halt station.”
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the train route would not only be beneficial for lakhs of people but also will decrease traffic congestion drastically.
Speaking about this, he tweeted “Kempegowda International Airport Halt Railway Station in Bengaluru, Karnataka is all set to serve travelers from 4th January. This will go a long way in enhancing last-mile connectivity to Bengaluru airport, benefit lakhs of people, and reduce the traffic congestion drastically.”
Speaking to a leading newspaper, Vijaya, Deputy General Manager and Chief Public Relations Officer of South Western Railways said, “As we all know, Kempegowda International Airport is one of the biggest and busiest airports in our country. Reaching this airport had always been a problem for air travelers. From some areas of Bangalore, it would take one and a half to two hours. Given the traffic situation in Bangalore, it was a real problem to reach the airport. To eliminate this problem, BIAL and southwestern railways have partnered to provide a halt station that is very close to the airport. The railways provided the land. The airport authorities have constructed the station. To serve this station exclusively, we are running 5 pairs of trains. Two are from Majestic – that is KSR, Bengaluru. One will be from Yelahanka. The ticket fare, as is always the case with Railways, is very low. The ticket fare from Bangalore station is ₹10. If it goes via Cantonment Station it is ₹15.”
It will be beneficial for residents working at the airport said the official. Ms. Vijaya also mentioned that “There are thousands of workers in Bangalore airport. The devices will be highly beneficial to them as well. We have discussed with airport authorities and designed the train timings in such a way to attend to the peak timing in the airport which is early in the morning and again late in the evening. We hope the services will be well patronized.”
For now, the train services will run from KSR station in Bangalore to Devanhalli Airport station for one hour with stops in between. And if the response is good, there might be non-stop train services.