Opinion: Multi Modal Transit Hub (MMTH) at Jnanabharathi (GNB) – Boon for Mysureans

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NEED FOR MULTI-MODAL TRANSIT HUB (MMTH-GNB)

Even after doubling & electrification of Mysuru-Bengaluru railway line, full benefits are not being passed on to the commuters due to PLATFORM CONGESTION on either end. Moreover Commuters are paying higher fares for express trains with no real express service. In most cases it takes about 45 Minutes on express trains to complete 12 KM journey between Kengeri & Bengaluru city railway station. 

POTENTIAL FOR GNB AS INTEGRATED MULTI-MODAL TRANSIT FOR SEAMLESS TRAVEL

GNB is strategically located on the Mysuru-Bengaluru railway line positioned just adjacent to the Under Construction Bangalore University (BU) Metro station on the major arterial road connecting Mysuru-Bengaluru (Kengeri) expressway NH -275.

As per BMRC, Metro services on (Mysore road-Kengeri) the stretch is expected to start operations in later part of 2021. KSRTC & BMTC operate 1000s of bus trips daily enroute connecting nook and corner of Bengaluru.

GNB is the ONLY RAILWAY station CLOSEST to Metro station & Kengeri arterial route, thus enabling GNB to emerge as a Multi-Modal transit hub (MMTH).

The above problem can be addressed by-Integrating various public transport modes at GNB while upgrading GNB as a halt station which can accommodate halting of 24 coach trains. 

  • ONE-STOP MANY DESTINATIONS CONNECTIVITY via Metro & Road
  • Saves time of Indian railways commuters
  • Seamless transit
  • Alternate modes of transport complement each other

CATCHMENT

Jnanabharati Halt station is close to many prestigious institutes like Bangalore University, UVCE, National Law College, Sports Authority of India, RV College to name a few. Many renowned textile companies like Arvind Mills, Shahi Exports etc are in the vicinity employing thousands of women from nearby major towns. Massive Warehouses, logistics, showrooms further add to the catchment. Currently, only passenger trains stop here.

WAY FORWARD

Existing Infrastructure at Jnanabharati halt station is very basic-

  • Two platforms
  • Ticketing counter

Some infra works need to be undertaken to realise the benefits of multi modal transit.

As Further Extension of Platform towards the west is not possible due to the proximity of arterial road (Kengeri). To facilitate stoppage of 24 coach express trains, the platform must be extended towards east. 

EXTENSION OF PLATFORM TOWARDS EAST

In order to extend the platform towards the east, the existing underpass needs to be replaced with a bigger one to accommodate the extended platforms. Currently, the underpass to Jnanabharati (Bangalore University) is a 2 lane hybrid underpass with one track supported on RCC deck and other on Steel girder. 

Segmental RCC Precast boxes can replace the existing RCC deck and steel girder supported by RCC abutment. 

As per BDA City Development Plan 2015/2031, Bangalore University (Jnanabharati campus) road is proposed as 18 m wide.

Jnanabharathi Halt Station Platform Extension
Platform extensions over RCC Box towards East

FOOT OVER BRIDGE (FOB) CONNECTING METRO STATION– SANCTIONED IN 2021 STATE BUDGET

To facilitate easy movement of people from GNB to BU metro station an integrated FOB with future provision for lifts needs to be provided. The same has been already sanctioned in 2021 state budget.

Foot Over Bridge connecting GNB & Namma Metro
Integrated Foot over bridge

Once the above-mentioned infrastructure is added at GNB, popular express trains can be identified for 1-minute halt for the benefit of Mysuru railway line commuters.


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