The long-awaited halt railway station near Kempegowda International Airport terminal will be ready by August-end. The new station between Doddajala and Devanahalli is being constructed by Bangalore International Airport Limited and will operate shuttle bus services between the station and terminal.
The platform is ready but station building work has been delayed due to labour shortage following the lockdown. BIAL said it intends to complete the project by August-end after which the railways would decide on operationalising the station. In 2014, BIAL had suggested building a halt train station on a line which runs along the airport’s northeast boundary.
In June 2019, South Western Railway gave a green signal to BIAL to construct the station. However, it missed several deadlines since then. The station is expected to provide 27,000 airport employees a cheaper commuting option.
BIAL and South Western Railway are in talks to start additional trains on the route, and their timings will be synced with the working hours of airport employees. Currently, three pairs of trains operate on the Devanahalli line. “The halt station will be operational once regular services resume. We will take a decision to operate additional trains based on demand,” said a senior SWR official.