Letter to the Railway Minister (Shifting Kerala trains from Bengalaru to Banaswadi station)

Dear Shri. Piyush Goyal Ji,

I write this to draw your kind attention to the hardships that would be encountered by the passengers on account of the proposed shifting of originating station of four Kerala-bound trains from Bangalore City/ Yeshwantpur to Banaswadi.

More than five lakh Malayalees live in Bangalore, most of them employees of IT sector, Hospitals, students and traders, who basically depend on trains, since bus fares are comparatively on the higher side and bus travel inconvenient to relatively the aged and the sick. Shifting of daily trains from Bangalore City/ Yeshwantpur to a remote place like Banaswadi located in the eastern end of Bangalore city, 16 KM away from Yeshwantpur and 12 KM away from Bangalore City Station would cause extreme inconvenience to all commuters. It normally takes about one and half hours additionally to reach Banaswadi. A commuter from Yeshwantpur has to start not less than 2 hours before his train journey and also negotiate through the hectic road traffic. There is no direct road connectivity to Banaswadi from most of other developed areas of the city. This also causes additional financial burden to the passengers.

Moreover, Banaswadi is only a way side station without any amenities for long distance passengers, like canteen, restaurants or retiring rooms. There is neither a good approach road nor sufficient packing area for vehicles. There are not enough Booking offices to cater to it as an originating station.

I therefore request your kind intervention to drop the proposal for shifting of the originating station to Banaswadi and provide relief to the ordinary passenger, who is the backbone of railway system.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

(PINARAYI VIJAYAN)

Shri. Piyush Goyal
Hon’ble Minister of Railways,
Govt. of India,
Rail Bhawan, Rafi Marg
New Delhi-110 001.