Everybody knows that Bangalore has railway tracks that can connect to the nearby areas along the outer ring road periphery and beyond, and those tracks are under-utilized. The citizens of Bengaluru have been demanding implementation of sub-urban trains on these tracks to ease the pain of commuters (even Metro infrastructure has proven insufficient because of the crowd) on the roads. This demand has been there for almost 10 years now!
But South-Western Railways today says that it will take 10 more years to implement the doubling of tracks! It clearly shows how disconnected the SWR officials are with the demand for sub-urban services. It looks like they don’t care about the sufferings of the people. One reason or other is being quoted by them – funds, not getting co-operation, not enough land, and so on. But we all know that if there is a will, there is a way. And SWR does not have exactly that – the will.
This issue has been raised at the Indian Railways level many times, and even the PM had been copied in the tweets. But to no result.
I hope that the necessary push will be given by the Central Government and through the MPs and MLAs to get this done as soon as possible.