Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The State Government has agreed to bear the cost of the DEMUs (diesel-electric multiple units) required for running local train services between Bangalore and Devanahalli (international airport) and between Yeshwanthpur and Anekal Road.

Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, in a letter to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, has said the State Government has requested for running commuter train services between Yeshwanthpur and Anekal Road and Bangalore-Yeshwanthpur -Devanahalli. At a meeting held on December 14 by the State Department of Infrastructure Development with the Divisional Railway Manager, Bangalore, the latter agreed to run the train services within 90 days if the State Government provided the cost of DEMUs.

High usage

Mr. Yeddyurappa said at present 14 pairs of passenger trains a week were running from Yeshwanthpur to Anekal road on the Yeshwanthpur-Salem section.

The usage of the line capacity between Byappanahalli and Salem is understood to be 61 per cent only although the Railway Zonal Office, Hubli, has expressed difficulty in running commuter rail owing to dearth of corridor.

There is an urgent need to run commuter train services between Yeshwanthpur and Anekal Road to connect the IT area in the east to the habitations in the west. Similarly, after the commissioning of the airport and consequent developments in north Bangalore, a transport system in the form of a commuter rail is required from Bangalore City to Devanahalli.

As sought by the Railways, the State Government will bear the cost of the DEMU's, the Chief Minister said in the letter.