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Updated: July 14, 2012 09:31 IST

Bangalore Railway Station's Okalipuram entry to have a new building

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Four escalators will be installed - near the foot over-bridge (FOB) at the main entry, passenger subway and for platforms 5 and 8

The Bangalore City Railway Station, the biggest in the State, is set to add two more platforms to the existing 10, thereby gaining more capacity to operate additional trains shortly.

This was revealed by Sudhanshu Mani, Divisional Railway Manager of Bangalore Division, South Western Railway, here on Friday.

Mr. Mani was speaking to presspersons after a guided media tour of the station even as he completed two years as the DRM in Bangalore.

Best use of space

Mr. Mani, who changed the face of the City Railway Station and other stations in the division, said, at present, vast extents of land between Platforms 4 and 6 is being used for maintenance and cleaning of trains.

Proposal

Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), in its recent report, had indicated that the space could be put to better use by shifting the maintenance facility to another location, such as Byappanahalli or Hejjala on the Mysore line. “We are working on this proposal,” the DRM said.

Suggestion

RITES had also suggested using the Binny Mill land adjacent to the city station to develop a railway hub.

“We’re waiting for the State government’s response,” Mr. Mani said.

New building

The Okalipuram entry of the city station will have a new building that will house a passenger concourse, ticket counters, basement parking, restaurant and so on.

“Though the building could go up to seven floors, initially there will be ground plus one floor,” he said.

Easy movement

Meanwhile, for easy movement of passengers within the city station, four escalators will be installed — near the foot over-bridge (FOB) at the main entry, passenger subway and for platforms 5 and 8.

Another over-bridge

Another FOB will be constructed behind the Divisional Railway Office.

Get this Binny Mill land in full before land sharks and developers, builders led by politicians grab it. Already a part of it has been encroached by a Congress politician. Then Railways can negotiate with State govt and get the land where Reserve Police is situated. Expand the Railway platforms, in this Reserve Police land have platforms for local trains like Mumbai. All this to be done within a time frame, beware politicians nexus with builders is already bent on grabbing land for malls. Then get the NTC land opposite Sujata Talkies, construct a bus stand to house Private Buses Stand. Already a part of it has been grabbed for Sobha Developers by a Congress man.

from:  Vishwanath
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 23:41 IST

Long overdue projects of realigning and construction of additional platforms and construction of escalators are being taken up now. RITES would have taken into consideration the requirements of the next fifty years if not more in remodeling the Bangalore city station. Commuter rail system is in the offing and there will be suburban trains in the next two years making use of the existing railway lines. So the station has to cater to the needs of vast number of passengers who will use the suburban trains. Metro will be next door and some connection will have to be planned to inter connect the two stations. Since there is less space for horizontal growth vertical growth is the only possibility for lounges Etc. Binny mills area must bee acquired immediately for suburban trains station. In case it is required the present railway colony near platform 10 may be shifted elsewhere and the land used for expansion work. The work should start immediately. chaotic traffic is to be controlled

from:  Venkatesha Murthy D.
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 19:47 IST

Railways are forcefully collecting parking fee from those vehicles at
Okalipuram side which go to drop/pickup commuters just for entering
the Railway Premises indicating that this is the order of DRM.
This is a dangerous trend.
Railway consumers should unite and protest such kind of a loot by a
Government Monopoly.
Maybe the courts should take note of this and issue suitable warning
to the authorities for misuse of their monopolistic status.

from:  Robin Bopana
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012 at 10:28 IST
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