Commuters travelling in the Bengaluru Cantonment-Whitefield sections might be inconvenienced with train services along the route expected to be hit from February 16 to 19.
South Western Railway officials confirmed that 59 trains will be cancelled, 11 will be partially cancelled, while 15 will be diverted due to the installation of the automatic signalling system between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield.
The cancelled trains include the Mangaluru Central-Yeshwanthpur Junction weekly express, reported Deccan Herald.
The stretch between Bengaluru Cantonment and Baiyappanahalli stations became the first sector in the South Western railway network to be commissioned for automatic signalling. The stations in this section are Bangalore Cantonment, Bangalore East, Baiyyappanahalli, Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram), Hoodi (Halt) and Whitefield.
Automatic signalling will make the movement of trains faster. Around 86 trains ply on the route, including 26 short distance/suburban trains.
The project, which was initially sanctioned in the 2013-14 railway budget, was delayed for several years, but is now being installed at a cost of Rs 19.75 crore.
The new system will also mean that long delays for trains approaching or leaving Bengaluru City Railway Station (KSR) will no longer be an issue for commuters.
Meanwhile, railway activists are demanding stoppages for long-distance trains at the Baiyappanahalli railway station following the completion of the extension of the platform at the station.
The South Western Railway officials have proposed stoppages for the Bengaluru-New Delhi Karnataka Daily Express and Bengaluru Cantonment-Guwahati Triweekly Express at the station, reported Times of India.
The reason for the demand is its proximity to several areas in the city including Whitefield, Indiranagar, HAL and Marathahalli. Currently, mostly suburban trains stop at the Baiyappanahalli station.