Suburban Rail - Notes from Meeting with Railway Minister, Aug 10, 2013
Posting on Behalf of Mr. Sudrashan Mantri, President, Professional Cell-KPCC
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"...As you know, Commuter Rail System (CRS) for Bangalore was incorporated in the party’s elections manifesto on account of the efforts of KPCC Professionals Cell. Subsequently, the state govt. approved a budget of Rs 200 Crores for the project, primarily to construct ROBs/RUBs.
Earlier today, we met Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, the Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways at Rail House, Bangalore, along with Prof Rajeev Gowda and our friends from Prajaa RAAG. Senior brass of South Western Railways was also preset at the meeting.
During the interaction, we highlighted the various merits of the projects and explained how it could ease the congestion on the city roads and would also be instrumental in development of adjoining urban and rural areas. Although the Hon’ble Minister is certainly in favor of the project, he expressed to his concerns regarding certain challenges that are hindering the progress. As per the normal course, the CRS operations have to be taken up by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to be set up by the state Govt. A Detailed Project Report (DPR), outlining the engineering, operational and financial aspects of the project is also required for the SPV to commence the operations. However, since it will take a while for such steps to be taken, and also in light of the upcoming general elections, we requested the Hon’ble Minster to consider instructing SWR to start the project on a pilot basis in the meanwhile, even if it means that only 6 rakes are acquired for this purpose.
The Hon’ble Minister is likely to consider this request from us, provided the state Govt is in a position to start the process formally. So, the task is cut out for us now i.e. we need to pursue this matter with the state govt, under the guidance of the party leadership..."