The halt station, adjacent to Bengaluru airport has commenced operations.
Located on the north west corner of the airport campus, the station is built on an existing track that connects Yeshwantpura and Chikkaballapura.
The halt station features a 230-metre-long platform and will be connected to various parts of the airport by a shuttle bus service, managed and operated by BIAL. The timing and frequency of the shuttle service will be synchronised with the train timings.
“The joint effort of the Indian Railways and BIAL is focused on promoting rail-based transport by reviewing the schedule of existing trains and the introduction of additional services to suit peak hours of flights and working hours of airport employees,” reads an official statement by Bengaluru Airport.
The halt station has a booking counter, concourse area, restrooms with provision for passengers with reduced mobility, granite benches for seating and drinking water facilities. Over time, the facility is expected to undergo several upgrades as per the growing travel needs of the public.
Initially, Bengaluru airport employees are more likely to use this service and it is expected to gain acceptance among air passengers, as well.
The Indian Railways is exploring options to increase the frequency of the trains by operating trains from Yelahanka, Yeshwanthpura, Majestic Railway Station, and Whitefield.
Fares to the airport halt station are as low as ₹10 for passenger trains and ₹30 for express trains.
The station will display a large mural on an Indian dance form, made using mango crates and waste material. Titled, Many Beats, One Dance, the mural has been crafted by members of FICCI FLO from Bengaluru.