Stylish look doesn't mean basic facilities at Kolar station

Stylish look doesn't mean basic facilities at Kolar station

Residents seek more trains to Bangalore from the city

Stylish look doesn't mean basic facilities at Kolar station

The railway station in the city is less of a station and more of a walkers’ destination. Reason: the train to Bangalore (Cantonment station in particular) is the only one operating from here daily.

Work on modernisation of the station was completed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, but there is no sign of its inauguration yet.

With local MP K H Muniyappa being elevated as Union Minister of State (independent charge) and his portfolio changed from Railways to micro, small and medium industries, the people doubt that there will be an early inauguration of the renovated station.

There are hardly any passengers in the station, except at 7.30 am when the Bangalore train leaves and when it returns in the evening.

One can see morning and evening walkers in the vicinity of the station, which is nestled amidst cool and quiet surroundings, dotted by trees. 
The construction of the two-storey station, including a passenger skywalk, has been completed in two years.

The building of the Kolar station, 110 km from Bangalore, looks stylish, but it does not attract many passengers as not many trains ply from here.

Moreover, the train goes only up to Cantonment and not to Bangalore City station.
People here demand that more trains should be started to Bangalore from the Kolar station.

The implementation of some of the railway projects sanctioned for the district in 2004-05 picked up pace last year, but lost steam thereafter.

Except for the inauguration of the computerised passenger reservation centre in 2006 and the renovation and modernisation of the Kolar station now, the necessary facilities for passengers are still a far cry at the station.

Ticket counters, like in major stations, seating arrangements for passengers. drinking water facility, toilets and other facilities should be provided at the station, rather than cosmetic changes, said the city residents.