With some local trains not running, residents don’t have their commuting lifeline.
Story so far: Before the pandemic, the pair of trains between Yesvantpur and Hosur were running at full capacity in the peak morning and evening hours. They were used by garment workers, software professionals, and medical professionals. Now, the public wants these trains to return.
- A memo submitted to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Shyam Singh said the trains were useful for people living in Vidyaranyapura, Hebbal, Sahakarnagar, and for those who work in Electronics City, Attibele, Bellandur, Bommasandra, and Anekal.
- Commuters have seen their travel times and expenses go up as they’ve had to take multiple modes of transport to reach their place of work.
Way forward: The Bengaluru Division is considering the reintroduction of the trains. Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Administration, Bengaluru Division, Kusuma Prasad, said there are alternative trains, but if the demand is big enough, they will consider restarting the routes.