Jul 23, 2017

Citizens write to BMRCL: Realign cantonment metro closer to railway station

BENGALURU: A series of letters have been sent to BMRCL from citizens to look into realigning the Cantonment metro station closer to the railway station. The metro project implementing agency has decided to deviate from its original plans of constructing the underground station at Cantonment to a playground near Bamboo Bazaar, which it claims is 250 m away from the railway station.

However, residents of Vasanth Nagar and suburban railway activists claim that the distance is more than 1 km between the two transit points.
Sanjeev Dyammanavar, one of the suburban rail activists wrote to BMRCL officials saying, "The location of this metro station is not easily accessible which is disadvantageous for mass integration with railway station and even for BMTC...location chosen for metro stations are chosen based on land availability instead of passenger needs in case of Gottigere—Nagavara line."

Another citizen Bharath Rana wrote a letter to railway minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu saying that the metro station would be 800m away from the Cantonment railway station entry which makes it inconvenient for passengers to commute between the two and requested to solve the tussle between railways and BMRCL over land sharing for this project.

Earlier BMRCL said the alignment of the station was changed due to several reasons, primarily because the land sharing approvals from railway board takes long time and it is not feasible to delay the project because of this. South Western Railway (SWR) officials also said that the metro work will coincide with the development of Cantonment station.