Coming soon! Bengaluru Airport halt station to make commuting cheaper

Tickets, once trains are rolled out, will probably cost ₹30; travel time will be about 1 hour 15 minutes

Bengaluru airport
The airport is located in Devanahalli, approximately 40 kms from the city | Photo: iStock

The Kempegowda International Airport halt station in Bengaluru will be launched next week, officials of South Western Railway (SWR) confirmed.

This move will improve last-mile connectivity to the airport, making commute to the airport hassle-free and less expensive. The airport is located in Devanahalli, approximately 40 kms from the city and so commuting is both time-consuming and expensive.

Airport bus tickets cost about ₹250 and cabs about ₹1,000 one way. Train tickets, once the trains are rolled out, will probably cost about ₹30 and travel time will be about 1 hour 15 minutes.

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Ashok Kumar Verma, divisional manager, Bengaluru, SWR, said: “A list of trains that are to ply to Devanahalli and Kolar has been submitted to the railway board. We are awaiting the final nod which should come anytime soon.”

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The halt station will benefit over 25,000 people. According to the proposal by SWR, six trains would travel to the airport, including two from Majestic and one from Yelahanka. A SWR official said, “Trains to KIAH will roll out in the wee hours and return services will be scheduled during late evening. A service each in the opposite direction would also be launched for the benefit of passengers travelling to and from the airport.”

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The new halt station was to supposed to be commissioned in December 2019. However, it was postponed to April due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) had established up the project, which costs approximately ₹3 crore, on a plot between Dodajala and Devanahalli stations, which was allocated by SWR.

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