Bengaluru’s morning rush hour traffic is so infamous that you can routinely find trolls and memes circulating about it on social media.
Putting an end to the traffic woes of thousands of office-goers, a Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train – that will operate exclusively between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield – was launched on Friday.
The area is one of the busiest areas in the city with a heavy influx of vehicles.
The new train will offer people a respite from trudging for hours through the traffic in places like K.R. Puram and Outer Ring Road, covering the 15 km stretch in less than half an hour.
Not only is the commute time shortened, the ticket for the route is also only ₹10. And if one wishes to avail quarterly passes, the fare can be cut short to ₹6 per day.
Starting from Baiyappanahalli at 8:25am, the train will reach Whitefield by 8:50am with halts at K.R. Puram and Hoodi. Similarly, people can take the return journey from Whitefield at 6:15pm. With eight coaches, the DEMU train can accommodate up to 2,412 passengers at a time.
“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,” said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who had launched the new service through a video link, reports The Hindu.
With this new addition, the IT hub now has more than 15 short-distance trains that can be used by local commuters. Other than the DEMU, there are five trains towards Whitefield that operates between 7am and 10am and six trains between 4pm and 7pm for the return journey.