Updates from the Railway Minister

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There was an article in The Hindu today citing an announcement by Shri K. H. Muniyappa, MoS Railways- see link here.

Several items were of interest to the ongoing rail related discussions here.  Unfortunately, this covers a broad swathe of topics.  Some Bangalore related highlights of the report were.


  1. Track-doubling would be taken up on Yeshwanthpur-Yelahanka and Yelahanka-Channasandra sections at a cost of Rs. 125 crore. The railway authorities had taken up the final location survey.
  2. Subways at road over-bridges in Lingarajapuram, Banasawadi, Hebbal, Fraser Town and other places in the city
  3. Road over-bridges would be built at Kodigena Halli, Sarjapur and Boopasandra crossings
  4. Road over-bridges and under bridges would be built at Jalahalli across the ring road, Nagawara, Byappanahalli, Kengeri, Bapujinagar and Allalasandra
  5. Work on the road over-bridge at Whitefield would be completed by March 2010 
  6. Widening of Bennigana Halli road under-bridge on Bangalore-Krishnarajapuram (NH 4) would be completed by May 2010
  7. The Bangalore-Whitefield-Krishnarajapuram track-quadrupling work could not be implemented as the State Government had not decided on commuter rail transportation and cost sharing


More State related details are in the article.

Some comments: The bridge at Jalahalli is also in all sort of BDA documents, but probably also needs some Railway budgetary support and sanctions to move forward.  Much needed, speaking as someone who suffered there only yesterday. Is there a plan to widen the ring road from the Jalahalli level crossing to NH4?

ROB at Whitefield - See a new deadline, this time by the minister.  Will someone volunteer to send him a paper clipping and photographs at the end of March 2010?

See a summary of Praja discussions here.

Benninganahalli Road Under Bridge - this is confusing.  Wasn't there a lot of talk about how this is a very complicated affair and needs 2 years to finish?  I can see that sections have been cast to "push" in place on either side of the existing bridge,  but one section may interfere with the on-ramp to the ring road, from a quick visual inspection.

Ben-ridge discussions on Praja. here, here and a compendium here.

Finally, now the railways is okay with Commuter rail, but the State Govt is the bottle neck?

Commuter rail Praja discussions here.