In a bid to enhance connectivity between Bangalore and Tumakuru, the Karnataka government has proposed a plan to run a suburban rail on the corridor. The proposed plan will cut down travel time between two cities which are 70 km apart.
The Karnataka government is planning to run suburban trains connecting Tumakuru and Bangalore. The information was shared by the Deputy Chief Minister and Bengaluru Development Minister, G Parmeshwara. Officials have shared that the government will construct separate railway track for the suburban rail with trains running at a frequency of 10 minutes.
The State government is expected to table the plan to the Centre and the Railway Ministry. It is to be noted that exclusive train service is already functional between Bangalore and Tumakauru. Besides, a separate platform for suburban rail is already in place at Tumakuru, but the Railways department is not using it at the moment.
Earlier, the State government had decided to connect the cities through a metro train, but the proposal has been shelved now. Plan to link Bangalore and Tumakuru through the Namma Metro first surfaced in 2016, but the same was dropped recently due to budget constraints and feasibility issues.
The express trains running between Yeswanthpur to Tumakuru take only 50 mins to cover the distance. To tackle increasing footfall, the government needs to increase the train services along with its frequency between these two cities. A proposal to convert the Bangalore city to Tumakuru line into an automatic signal link is still under consideration.