Monday, May 20, 2013

Bangalore Railway Stations

A puny girl risking herself
through the window
Happened to visit the Bangalore Railway stations - both City and Cantonment.

The City railway station is in a mess as there are two civic work happening in front of the station.  One is on the main road due to Metro work.  Another one is inside the station campus.  I always felt this station is neither hi-tech nor old-fashioned.  With advances in technology and infrastructure, this station still functions like that of a town. Two years back, the platforms were paved with slippery tiles which poses danger during rainy days. That thousands of people come and go everyday, this station needs big improvement and modernization.

The Cantonment railway station is small and cute and favorite one. But there are some issues -
Drinking Water;
Also a Wash Basin!
1. Crossing the road in front of railway station is a challenge. The pedestrian cross signal stopped working. Good thing is there is a cop always to guide. Every time, the cop says report to the High Grounds police station.
2. Platform tickets are issued in different places in different times.
3. Short cut to enter the platform #1 from the main road is next to station master's room. Its something dangerous and illegal as this is a threat in several ways. The railway police controls sometimes but does not restrict.
4. Stray dogs freak the platforms.
5. Drinking Water area is used as a wash basis as well. Many passengers spit inside the basin.
6. Walking on the track is something many passengers do to get to the opposite platform. Police do not control. Its irony that police were reading Kannada newspaper on Monday which had big photos and news on risks in level crossing.
7. The parking area owner does not issue tickets unless demanded.

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