The South Western Railway (SWR) Zone of the Indian Railways has proposed shifting 32 pairs of trains operating from five different stations within the Bengaluru Railway Division to the Baiyappanahalli Coaching Terminal once the prohect is complete in an effort to decongest the city.
The punctuality performance will be improved at Yeshwantpur and Bengaluru City area by the move it said.
“The proposal has been sent to the Railway Board for approval. It is yet to be approved,” said General Manager, SWR, A K Singh. Howrah Express, Guwahati Express, Agartala Express, Ernakulam and Kochuveli Express are among the major trains that are likely to be shifted to Baiyappanahalli.
While the shifting of 19 pairs of trains from Yesvantpur have been proposed, a surprise element is the proposal to shift only two pairs of trains from KSR railway station. The letter suggests shifting of five pairs each from Banaswadi and Cantonment stations and one pair from KR Puram. The Third Coaching Terminal is expected to begin operations by June-end.
Since different Railway departments like Signalling and Telecommunication, Engineering, Mechanical and outsourced contractors are working at the same place simultaneously to complete the coaching terminal.
One department needs to wait until another completes its work. This is taking some time. Moreover, the departments are not having enough manpower. Hence terminal could begin operations only by August or even September.