Why Kerala's shorter route to Bengaluru fails to gather steam
- Kerala wants to build two rail connections that connect it to Karnataka, in order to ease pressure off its roads.
KOCHI : Sangeeth Raj, a 34-year-old engineer from Ponani, Malappuram district of Kerala, has been working with the Tata Consultancy Services in Bengaluru for the last 12 years. Once or twice a month, he heads home on one of the many private buses plying between Malappuram and Bengaluru—and returns the same way. A train journey from Kuttippuram, the rail station nearest his home, to Bengaluru will take 12 hours, cutting across two states – Shornur in Kerala, Salem and Hosur in Tamil Nadu —before finally entering Karnataka. A bus journey, though a hell ride, takes only eight-and-a-half hours. “There are thousands of Malayalis working in Bengaluru, and most of them travel this way. For all of us, a shorter rail route to Bengaluru would be ideal," said Sangeeth.