Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa on Tuesday urged the State Government to send the proposal for the circular railway for Bangalore that encompasses the neighbouring towns of Nelamangala, Doddaballapur, Devanahalli, Hoskote, Anekal and Magadi to the Railway Ministry at the earliest.
Recalling Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's recent promise of offering free land should the Railways provide a circular railway to Bangalore, Mr. Muniyappa said that the proposed circular railway would have a double track, offering seamless passenger transportation.
Mr. Muniyappa was speaking to presspersons here after flagging off the Bangalore City-Hazrat Nizamuddin Tri-Weekly Rajdhani Express. With this tri-weekly service, daily Rajdhani services will be available from Bangalore.
He urged Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar, who was present, to convey his message to the Chief Minister.
The Bangalore City-H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express (2493) will leave Bangalore city at 8.20 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays and reach H. Nizamuddin at 5.50 a.m. on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
In the return direction, the train (2494) will leave H. Nizamuddin at 8.50 p.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to reach Bangalore on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Earlier in the day, the Minister flagged off the Bangalore-Hosur passenger train, which will go via Anekal (twice a day), and the Bangalore - Devanahalli passenger train.
The Minister also announced that the Devanahalli service, which at present runs once a day, will run twice a day and be extended up to Chikkaballapur soon.
While it takes one hour 20 minutes to reach Anekal and one hour 35 minutes to Hosur from Bangalore city, the journey to Devanahalli takes one hour and five minutes, he said. All these three new services could not be launched before March 31 as promised because of the enforcement of the code of conduct, Mr. Muniyappa said.
The Yeshwanthpur-Devanahalli passenger leaves Yeshwanthpur at 10.40 a.m. and reaches Devanahalli at 11.45 a.m. In the return direction, it leaves Devanahalli at 1.15 p.m. to reach Yeshwanthpur at 2.35 p.m. The train will stop at Lottegollahalli, Kodigehall, Yelahanka, Bettahalsoor and Dodjala, en route to Devanahalli.
For the Yeshwantpur-Hosur route, the first train will leave Yeshwanthpur at 6.20 a.m. and reach Hosur at 7.55 a.m; it leaves Hosur at 8.10 to reach Yeshwanthpur at 9.50 a.m.
The second train leaves Yeshwanthpur at 3.35 p.m. to reach Hosur at 5.05 p.m.; it leaves Hosur at 5.45 p.m. to reach Yeshwanthpur at 7.20 p.m.
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