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Railways do not have plan for a dedicated line

Anil Kumar Sastry and Sharath S. Srivatsa

Anil Kumar Sastry and

Sharath S. Srivatsa

BANGALORE: The just-widened National Highway 7 leading to the international airport at Devanahalli may not be able to provide quick access to travellers if the anticipated eight million passengers utilise the highway annually.

This national highway would be the only access road to the airport before other plans take shape. While railway authorities are still not sure about providing connectivity, the expressway proposed by the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development (BMRDA) is yet to take off.

The South Western Railway (SWR) does not have any plans for a dedicated line connecting the new international airport with the city as this would require a huge investment that the railways are presently not inclined to undertake, said Divisional Railway Manager Mahesh Mangal.

Such a line, he said, could be constructed if the State Government and the Bangalore International Airport Authority Limited form a joint venture. However, the railways have not received any such proposal so far.

In the existing track network, Devanahalli railway station is the nearest point to the airport. However, the entire stretch from the stations in the city (City Railway Station, Yeshwanthpur and Cantonment) is on single track. Though the stretch between Yelahanka and Devanahalli is relatively free of movement from passenger and goods trains, the stretches between City, Yeshwanthpur and Cantonment are busy, Mr. Mangal added.

Work on the 21-km Rs. 400-crore tolled expressway from the Outer Ring Road near Horamavu to the international airport is likely to be completed in 18 months from the date of commencement.

Besides, the BMRDA has planned to upgrade the radial roads, which would improve the connectivity around the international airport.

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