Last Wednesday Praja Team took a weekday train trip to Hosur. This trip was organized by our Namma Railu Team anchor Sanjeev. Here is a brief report on this trip. Hope you all will analyze and comment accordingly.
Myself along with our friend M A Siraj (journalist) reached Hebbal Station at 6:10 am itself to catch the YH1 train (Yeswantpur to Hosur) train @ 6:40 am. We were kind of the first passengers to be at Hebbal Station. Siraj had a brief conversation with the Station Master asking some basic questions. Little later Sathya and Sanjeev joined us.
About 35-40 passengers boarded the train. Half of them seems to be daily travelers and rest regular passengers. The bogie/compartment in which we all 4 boarded looked like a perfect commuter rail train. Myself and Sanjeev did a walk through in teh compartment to guage the occupancy. We did talked to quite a few passengers who happen to be the daily commuters going towards Anekal Road, Karamelam stations to reach offices in Electronic city and the vicinity.
Next Station was Banaswadi and we could see a large number of high rise apartments were located around Banaswadi Station. Sanjeev was of the opinion that if proper BMTC would help the people in the locality in great deal. About 80-90 people boarded the train at B'wadi.
We both got down and went to the other compartment and met many commuters there. We also met a group of women daily commuters going to Hosur. At Anekal and Karamelam station, many going to EC got down. Certainly with good last mile connectivity to EC would boost the ridership and convenience to the commuters.
AT Anekal Road, train had to wait for a crossing to the Dharampuri to City Station to CB Pur Train. The train looked almost full and many of them were daily travelers.
Finally we reached Hosur, got down @ 8:10 AM. Took a coffee break untill the Engine was reversed and connected to the train for Hosur to B'lore trip.
The return trip started at 8:40 AM towards Yeswantpur. All compartments were almost 60-70% full. We spoke to some of the dedicated daily travelers who were going towards Hebbal. They all narrated how they have lobied for continuing this service after the initial train run. Every body seems to agree with one thing that a regular commuter Service is a necessity and will help the people a great deal from all walks of life. They indicated that on Tuesdays all the traders would take the trip to b'lore to buy the goods and bring it back to Hosur and nearby places.
Overall it was a good trip and more so for gauging the ridership on Weekday. It was evident almost about 250-300 people take this service in each direction for their daily commute. this is in addition to about 100-150 by the non-regular passengers. This is in scenario where the last mile connectivity is still a dream. Most rely on autos and own vehicles.
We met a first time daily commuter - Satish from Creative. He was taking the train to reach EC. He was very appreciative of the Praja campaigns and promised to connect to the other enthusiast like him.
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