With reference to the railways, Bengaluru (Bangalore) is considered one of the leading and busiest rail services in India. Usually we find the railways to be far cheaper than other modes of transport. Moreover, the railways are more comfortable than the road transport.
The Bengaluru railway junction is directly connected with most other parts of India. There are regular express and super fast trains plying between the four metropolitan cities and the city of Bengaluru. This city is also connected to the cities around it either by broad gauge railway line or the meter gauge railway line. Now, the frequency of trains has increased because the City is growing exponentially. People from all over the country especially from the IT sector are flocking towards Bengaluru. It has emerged as the software capital of India. It is to facilitate the passengers that the railways have increased the frequency of the trains to, from and via Bengaluru. The Konkan railway is also offering its service to the city junction railway station.
Bengaluru (Bangalore) is one of the major junctions of South India. Earlier, it was just the State capital and a tourist centre. Later on it became the head quarters of South Western Railways. This railways station is also serviced by the Southern Railways. Bengaluru being the divisional headquarter has to be administered carefully by the railway authorities. There is no scope for delay or lethargy in case of railways in Bengaluru because most of the denizens are educated and armed with the latest information. Bengaluru is the State capital of Karnataka.
Number of Stations
Most of the cities in India have just one railway station. Bengaluru is one of the rare cities which have two railway stations. The two railway stations are Bengaluru City Junction Railway Station and the Bengaluru Cantonment Railway Station. The Bengaluru Cantonment Railway Station is smaller than the Bengaluru City Junction Railway Station. Majority of the trains cater to the City junction railway station.
The Bengaluru city junction is the largest amongst the 74 railway stations in the south western division. Nearly 4000 passengers avail the services of the railways daily, particularly at the city junction. The number of trains originating from this railway station is 23. The city junction has 10 platforms and two entrances.
Educating the passengers
Currently India is trying to meet the challenges of terrorists and antisocial elements. The Government of India is trying to make the citizens of Indian feel as secure as possible and because of this the security at the railway stations and railways has been increased. There are metal detectors and nearly everyone is physically frisked, and only then are commuters allowed to enter or leave the premises of the railway station. There is a list of dos and don’ts at nearly each and every railway station and also in the railway coaches. Most of the railway network in South India places the city of Bengaluru in such a manner that most passengers think of Bengaluru (Bangalore) as the gateway to South India.