Dodjala railway station is in north Bengaluru, about 30 km from Majestic, which is the centre of the city. It is one of the railway stations of the colonial era that South Western Railway plans to re-purpose. The station is over 100 years old. It is no longer relevant in terms of the movement of freight or passengers.
The station is off the highway to Hyderabad, and is located before the Kempe Gowda International Airport. You need to take a right before the toll plaza, and then drive for just over a kilometre. Ask for directions.
The station is easily accessible from the road. It lies between the road the railway line. On the other side of the rail line is Dodjala village.
The station is a very small but pretty structure. South Western Railway plans to set up an art and cultural centre in this heritage building. I can visualise this structure as the backdrop for cultural events, or a picnic.
The original station is no longer in use. The door was locked. It has been replaced by a functional structure. Or, it is possible that the staff live nearby and come to the station only when it is time for the trains to arrive.
On the other side of the rail line, I saw a volleyball net. There is sufficient space to set up a weekend market for local produce. But overall, the place appears suitable for a small gathering. A large gathering would not be advisable in view of the rail line being on one side of this open space.
Dodjala railway station is a beautiful backdrop for photographs. It looks like a small cottage.
Being on the side of the road, the place is a bit noisy. I wonder how South Western Railway plans to transform this railway station.