The Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield traffic is perhaps world famous. It is not uncommon to see social media users commenting, sharing and liking memes and jokes on the traffic that haunts people commuting on this stretch. The stretch has become a social media joke and Bengaluru people are not happy about it. However, at the same time, the morning rush hour traffic takes toll on peoples’ jobs, peace of mind and also health. In fact, there have been instances where people had to change jobs to stop commuting on the Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield stretch. Finally, there seems to be some respite.
Authorities have finally risen from slack and introduced a Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train on Friday that will operate only on this traumatic stretch. Thousands of office-goers will benefit from this train as the stretch is undoubtedly one of the busiest areas in Bengaluru that sees a titanic influx of vehicles. The train will cover the 15km stretch in less than 30 minutes. This means, people who get stuck at places like K.R. Puram and Outer Ring Road for hours, will finally be able to smile and get to work. The authorities have thankfully kept the fare low so that everyone benefits.
The ticket for the Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield route is INR 10 but with the option for quarterly passes, the fare may even go down to INR 6 per day. The DEMU train has a total of eight coaches and can accommodate up to 2,412 passengers. The train will start at 8:25 hours, halt at K. R. Puram and Hoodi, and reach Whitefield at 8:50 hours. The return journey from Whitefield will start at 18:15 hours. This new train takes up the total count of short-distance trains catering to the IT Hub to 15. There are five trains to Whitefield operating between 7:00 – 10:00 hours and six operating between 16:00 – 19:00 hours for return journey.
The new service was launched through a video link by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. “This is an old demand of those in Bengaluru. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been meeting with us on the joint ventures for a number of projects and we are working on it,” he told The Hindu.