Painway station

If at all there is an award for the worst designed railway station, bangalore city will win hands down :-(

The station has around 10 platforms. That’s good. But if you see, platforms 1 to 4 are close to each other. And then there is this cleaning yard for 300 to 400 meters. After that, platforms 5 to 10 are there. Unfortunately many trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani etc arrive in platform 6 and beyond :-(

The station is long enough, for the trains to take a steep curve up to 70 degrees. So that shouldn’t be a problem for trains to start from where the cleaning yard is, and move towards the end for the yeshwantpur side trains.

The current layout causes a real pain (in the literal sense), when you want to take elders. The steps are steep, and there is no ramp available. On numerous occasions, I have seen senior citizens really struggle to reach their train.

Bangalore Cantonment is very good, but not all trains stop at cantonment :-(

I really fail to understand the logic of cleaning yards, and spare tracks for parking the trains right in the middle!! Wish the railway authorities come up with a ramp at least!

8 Comments so far

  1. Suyog (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    I guess having such a design is due to the fact that the railway station has two entrances. It does make sense then but I do not whether the two entrances are there to cover up the flaw in the design :-)

    Bangalore Cantonment is decent but way too small. The railway authorities are doing a good job in enchancing the other railway stations and avoiding the problem of all trains landing up at the main station. However, we do need a classy and large central railway station.

  2. Mehak (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

    ohh what a title for your post…’Painway Station’

  3. Kanth (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

    You are 100% right:

    The care for physically challenged or elderly people is really bad in many public buildings!

    Hope something is done about it!

  4. shek (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

    tht’s bad.which railway division does b’lore belong to—Southern or south western?

    and for ur info,chennai egmore is all set to get escalators.they have arrived and are waiting to be installed.

  5. BangaloreGuy (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 8:01 pm

    I guess you can apply that to *every* large railway station in India – and most Public Services.

    The problem with Bangalore City Station is the lack of space – the 2nd entrance was, I recall made to decongest the first one – and I assume that’s why you see the layout to be as such.

  6. F e r r a r i (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    Maybe! But I feel something can be done, like what you are suggesting :)

    :) I saw lots of old people suffering. Thats why this title. Couldnt think of anything else!

    True. Lifts dont work in many public buildings!

    South Western

    Bangalore Guy,
    I would agree with you on public buildings. But not on railway stations. I have seen bigger railway stations at chennai, mumbai etc. They are very well designed. Bangalore City station is the worst!

  7. BangaloreGuy (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 9:40 pm


    I have seen them too – all the top 6 metros, in fact, And I dont agree with you.

  8. f e r r a r i (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

    chennai and mumbai railway stations do not have cleaning yards in the middle. And there are no staircases as well :) and yes. They are bigger and handle more trains.

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