Karnataka: Heritage Railway Stations Set for Restoration and Preservation
In Karnataka, the Bengaluru Division has identified several heritage railway stations, including Doddajala, Devanahalli, Avatihalli, Nandi Halt, Chikkaballapur, Chintamani, Kolar, Coromandel, Urgam, and BEML, for restoration and preservation on the century-old Bangalore-Chikkaballapur and Kolar-Jolarpet lines. A significant infrastructure upgrade is underway to modernise the railways.
In the initial phase, Doddajala, Devanahalli, Avatihalli, and Nandi Halt on the Bangalore-Chikkaballapur-Kolar light rail line have been chosen for restoration. This historic line, initiated in 1908 by a private enterprise with state guarantees and a supplementary agreement with the Madras and Southern Maratha Railway Company, began passenger services between the 6th of April, 1915 and the 7th of January, 1918, covering a distance of 38.63 miles.
Constructed 107 years ago, these stations showcase the region’s history. These traditional structures not only highlight the natural beauty for tourists but also offer insight into local history.
The restoration work is meticulous, ensuring these heritage buildings stand as a timeless testament to the rich heritage of ancient architecture for future generations to appreciate.