It will be built to connect the two parts of Kadugodi
Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa on Sunday said that a pedestrian ramp will be built near Whitefield Railway Station connecting the two parts of Kadugodi, which is bisected by the Bangalore–Chennai railway line.
He was responding to the demand of residents of Kadugodi for a safe pedestrian crossing at the railway station since the recently commissioned flyover did not accommodate pedestrians. The work on the new ramp, facilitating easy crossing for the elders and cyclists, will start in 100 days and be completed within a year thereafter, he announced after inaugurating a model railway station building at Whitefield.
Residents, including the Kadugodi New Extension Welfare Association, drew the attention of Mr. Muniyappa towards their plight in crossing the railway line. When goods trains halt for long duration at the station, their difficulty multiplies, they said. More than 20,000 people from the northern side of the station have to cross the line to reach the BMTC bus stand located on the southern side, they noted. The level-crossing is rendered defunct because of halting of the goods trains, they said. The residents also demanded that all passing trains should be given a halt at the station.
Their views were endorsed by Mahadevapura MLA Arvind Limbavali, Bangalore Central Lok Sabha member P.C. Mohan and former Varthur MLA A. Krishnappa.
Apart from the ramp at Whitefield Railway Station, Mr. Limbavali and Mr. Krishnappa also urged the Railway Minister to direct speedy execution of rail overbridges and underbridges at Sarjapura, Munnekolalu, Chinnappanapalya, Hoody, Singenahalli, Devasandra Industrial Estate, Byappanahalli, Kodati–Soolakunte Junction, Bellandur and Panattur.
Mr. Krishnappa noted that the Whitefield locality has been contributing substantial revenue to the nation because of the presence of IT and ITES companies. Hence, special attention should be given to this region in creating and upgrading the infrastructure, he demanded.
Mr. Muniyappa said that Whitefield will soon emerge as a major railway junction in the city and hence, the Railways built the model station. More than 5,000 people use this railway station and the revenue generated is about Rs. 2 lakh a day.
“We'll continue to improve the facilities to cater to the IT and ITES industries located in the vicinity,” he said.
The model station is built at a cost of about Rs. 85 lakh and 28 passenger trains pass through this station.
The facilities include concourse area, clock-cum-parcel office, waiting rooms for upper and sleeper classes, reservation-cum-booking counters, pay and use toilets, car and two-wheeler parking facilities etc.
Leader of the Opposition in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Council M. Nagaraj, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction), South Western Railway Narayanan, Divisional Railway Manager Sudhanshu Mani and Additional Divisional Railway Manager Ravi Valluri were present.