Electric train operation between Bengaluru to Nandi Hills has started from today

Bengaluru to Nandi Hills Electric Train: Good news for Bangalore residents! From today, it means December 11, Nandi Hills, a popular weekend destination just 60 km away from the city, can now be traveled by electric train. South Western Railway has decided to extend Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains on the Devanahalli to Chikkaballapur route.

Bengaluru to Nandi Hills Electric Train

Bengaluru, Dec 11: You can now travel to Nandi Hills, a popular weekend destination 60 km from the city, by electric train from Monday, December 11. According to a report published by Money Control, South Western Railway has decided to expand the Main Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU). Trains on Devanahalli to Chikkaballapur route.

Trains involved in this line extension are:

1. Train No. 06593/06594 Yeswantpur-Chikkaballapur-Yeswantpur
2. Train No. 06531/06532 Bangalore Cantonment-Chikkaballapur-Cantonment
3. Train No. 06535/06538 Chikkaballapur-Bangalore Cantonment-Chikkaballapur

Currently, Nandi station is served by Train No. 16549/16550 KSR Bangalore – Kolar- KSR Bangalore DEMU and Train No. 06387/06388 KSR Bangalore – Kolar – Cantonment Diesel Multiple Unit (DEMU).

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Siddharth Raja, a history buff stationed at Nandi Hill expressed his views, Bhoganandeeswara Temple at the base of Nandi Hill is approximately 1.4 km from Nandi Station. You must travel an additional 15-18 km to reach the top of Nandi Hill. He suggested that South Western Railway should focus on reducing travel time.

Notably, Bettahalasur Intermediate Station was a stop for these trains, but the stops were not given due to the resistance of the station agents who demanded higher wages.

Earlier South Western Railway organized a day tour on the 108-year-old heritage railway line connecting Bangalore, Devanahalli, Chikkaballapur. The package included sunrise viewing at Nandi Hill along with Devanahalli Fort, Adiyogi in Chikkaballapur, and other historical places.

The railway from Devanahalli to Chikkaballapur has historical significance as it was the first in the country to be set up by private enterprise (Public-Private Partnership) in 1915 during the tenure of Sir M Visvesvaraya, the Dewan of Mysore.

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