Though my office is in Electronic City, for a new project I had to visit our company's branch office in GRTechPark, Whitefield for 3 days. This building is next to ITPL. I had to take public transport on all 3 days to reach the office in the afternoons while the drop back home would be provided on the company cab as it would be late in the night.
The first day I took the Volvo bus 335E from Majestic. The ticket fare is Rs.55. The bus was half full , mostly fellow techies like me. The time it took to reach GRTP was about 1hr 15min in the afternoon traffic.
The 2nd day I took the 12:20 pm Pushpull from SBC to Marikuppam (train number 115SW). It departs from platform 5. The ticket to Whitefield is just Rs.4 . I could easily get a seat on the half full train.There were stops at Bangalore cantonment, Bangalore east, Byappanhalli, Krishnarajapuram and Whitefield. After Byappanhalli and Krishnarjapuram, the train was crowded with many commuters standing and resembled a Mumbai local train. Reached Whitefield at about 1:10 pm. From here i had to cross the railway tracks and reach Kadugodi bus station. Got a Volvo to GRTP, about 2 stops away,the fare being Rs.10
The 3rd day, since I had to reach GRTP only by 4pm, took the 14:55 Bangalore-Bangarpet Pushpull(train 532SW), which also departs from platform5. With the ticket at Rs4, I reached Whitefield at about 15:30 and again took the bus at kadugodu bus station to reach GRTP.
Each train having just 6-7 coaches , they become very crowded after Byappanhalli and KRpuram. If the railways could augment with another 2-3 coaches , it would be more commuter friendly. By the wayI did notice the trains make unscheduled halts at Sadarmangala and the Railway goodshed which have very short platforms. The railways should introduce more DEMU/Pushpull shuttles and publicise it just like those made for Bus Days.