BANGALORE ( Metro Rail News ): To improve connectivity in the city, the government is planning to use an unused amount of Rs 40-crore of Basaveshwara KSRTC bus terminal in Peenya, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) was stated saying in media reports. The agency plans to set up a station on the Green Line (Yelachenahalli – Nagasandra). Though two stations — Peenya Industry and Jalahalli — are in the vicinity, bus passengers are reluctant to use the terminal because of poor connectivity. The new station will be off the mainline.
The train (from Yelechenahalli side) will take the depot track from Peenya Industry station and those coming from Nagasandra will have to change at Peenya station.
The completion of the work may take upto an year if KSRTC, BMTC and transport department show green signal for the use of the terminal, The media reports reveal that the new station will facilitate an integrated transport hub in Peenya with entry and exit w through an FOB which will connect the new station and the bus terminus across the road.
“The idea is that KSRTC, BMTC and inter-state public and private buses (coming from Nelamangala side) should use the terminus. The two-acre vacant land can be used for private buses,” an official said. KSRTC prior to this had shelved the plan to shift buses heading to Tumakuru, Pavagada, Davanagere, Hassan and Chikkamagaluru to the terminal due to poor patronage from different agencies and state government.
In response to the above developments, an expert of the urban transport industry told that it was not going to be viable at all to build a new station from an operational line. “The station with the signalling system will cost Rs 250 crore. Instead, the terminus can be linked to Peenya Industry or Jalahalli stations using tram system which may cost Rs 80 crore,” he said. It could be either a monorail or tram feeder service, the person added.