After almost a 40 minutes run from Bangalore city, the train 16732 bound to Tuticorin comes to a halt. Half-asleep passengers peek out assuming the stop to be Hosur, as the train comes to a halt on platform 1 of the station just outside Bangalore limits. However it is not Hosur – welcome to Carmelram.
An unassuming country side station, it is almost a let thorugh for Bangalore city trains – but for a major part of North Bangaloreans, this is an important station, especially for trains from Yeshvantapur as they do not have to waste time in traffic jams while travelling across the city.
Just off the Bangalore-Sarjapur road, this station is located at about 5 kms from Ibblur junction on the Outer Ring Road and about 3 kms from WIPRO (Doddanekundi). The station is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop. Owing to increase in passengers, even autos have now started plying to the station.
The trains that stop at this station are:
16231/32 – Mysore-Mayiladuthurai Express
16731/32 – Mysore-Tuticroin Express
12677/78 – Ernakulam Express
1627/28 – Yeshvantapur-Kannur Express
Apart from above, following passenger trains also halt here.
56213/14 – Bangalore-Nagore passenger
56241/42 – Yeshvantapur-Salem passenger
76553/54 – Bangalore-Dharmapuri Passenger
06591/92/93/94 – Yeshvantapur-hosur passenger (2 services a day)
The station is connected well by BMTC buses on the following routes.
342 series: From market via Lalbagh main gate, Dairy Circle, St. Johns, Koramangla water tank, Jakkasandra, Agara, Ibllur, WIPRO- 342H starts from St. Johns Hospital
G-2: From M G Road via Vannarpet, viveknagar, Koramangla 8th Block, NGV, Sony World, Koramangla bus stand, Agara and Ibblur
Apart from these, 328B and 328H from Hosakote to Sarjapur/Attibelle (Via Kadugodi, Hopefarm, Varthur) pass via Dommasandra which is about 4 kms from this station on Sarjapur Road from where commuters can use this station.
Though so many passengers use this station, the station is very small, with very low level platforms and a small entrance booth and ticketing counter. Most passengers alight over here, as it saves the time required to go to the main station and returning. This station is waiting for the Railway authorities make improvements at this station to help the commuters.