Namma Railu

Project number:3110
Opened by:Sanjeev
Opened on:Saturday, 20 February 2010 - 9:28am
Last modified:Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 10:53pm
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WELCOME to NAMMA RAILU

Need for Suburban/Commuter Rail for Bengaluru makes to Railway Budget Speech in Parliament

This is how the railway minister, Shri. Sadananda Gowda describes in his maiden railway budget speech, 

"..Madam Speaker, as you are aware, Bengaluru with bustling, business activity attracts large commuters from surrounding rural areas and towns necessitating better connectivity of Bengaluru City with its suburban areas and hinterland. Study to Explore Possibility of enhancing the existing IR network of Bengaluru for meeting the above need will be taken up. In addition, to cater to the demand of Passenger Traffic in Bengaluru area, Byyappanahalli will be developed as a coaching terminal..." 

 
In addition, he has announced these train services to give immediate relief to the commuters.
 
MEMU services
i) Bengaluru -Ramanagaram 6 days a week(3Pairs)
 
DEMU services
i) Bengaluru -Neelmangala (Daily)
ii) Yesvantpur ­Hosur (6 days a week)
 
Passenger Services
i)Yesvantpur-Tumkur Passenger(Daily)

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A petition with 5000+ signatures was submitted to the Railway Minister in person on June 29th, 2014

http://rail.praja.in

 

 

 

Catch the latest buzz here,

  1. Discussion on GOK's formal proposal sent to Railways

What NEXT?

The ball is in GOK court now. GOK must start the conversation with Railways to operationalize the SPV and get down to implement the Phase-1A.

How can we make it HAPPEN?

The approval process does take time in normal course of action. However, if GOK specially our Chief Minister can take up this personally with the Union Railway Minister, there is a real chance for early approval to the project. We all can help in that process if each one of us can reach out to our local area MP/MLA and pressurize them take up the issue with both the CM and teh Railway Minister.

Do not have the contact information? Don't worry. Here is the link for post with contact information for all the MPs/MLAs whose constituency fall in the proposed suburban rail network.

  1. Call your MP/MLA campaign for expediting the APPROVAL process

 

Have questions? Email it to "nammarailu@praja.in"

 

QUICK LINKS on Suburban Rail Project

    

 

           

 

            

 

CRS, Suburban Rail aka Namma Railu is a citizens' campaign led by Praja and supported by citizens' groups like Hasiru Usiru, CONCERN (Student's body at IISc), ITEC, Aid India, & BengaluruONE. It also has the support from government quarters like CiSTUP, DULT and recently RITES via its report

The population of the Bengaluru Urban area grew by 35% in the 1991-2001 decade and by about 47% in the 2001-11 time period. In order to cope with this growth the government has invested heavily. BMTC has added 3500 buses from 2006-07 to early 2011. Huge amounts of money have been invested in upgrading roads, building grade separators, the B-TRAC project and most recently for the Metro rail project which will add 115 kms of mass transit (phase-I and phase II combined) for a total estimated cost of 38,000 crores.  However, most experts are in agreement that even with the Metro fully operational, Bengaluru's public transport requirements are going to continue to exceed the combined capacity of BMTC and Namma Metro.  Here is where commuter rail comes in.

To read all discussions at Praja on the subject, use following links

  1. Collection/Book of selected posts on CRS

  2. All posts tagged CRS

 

Initiator: 
Praja RAAG

Prestige Shantiniketan Apartment Halt station near ITPL

Commuter Rail

Halt Railway station just 500 meters from ITPL will help thousands of IT folks to use Suburban Rail. Its high time Industry bodies,  IT companies and  Elected reps should come forward and get the halt station developed

 

Namma Railu Information Session at GCE, Ramanagaram!

Commuter Rail

Thanks to Dr. Mohammed Haneef, Principal, Ghousia College of Engineering (GCE), Ramangaram for hosting a information session on 'Namma Railu' project. The info session was organized yesterday , Mon Oct 20, 2014 at GCE's beautiful Conference Hall.

New Suburban Train Halt Stations - In PPP Model?

Commuter Rail

Railway’s inability to respond to emerging realities in meeting the suburban rail services have to be addressed. Bangalore City urgently needs multiple modes of mass transit system to address the demand for better public transport network catering to at least 60-70 % of its 10 Million populations.

MRTS-Bangalore Sub-urban Rail Corporation

Commuter Rail

There was a news the other day that the Karnataka State Government is showing keen interest in developing suburban network around Bangalore and proposed Indian Railways to be an active partner.

Bangalore - Ramanagaram MEMU Services

Commuter Rail
This will help thousands of commuters on this Mysore / Kengeri - Bangalore - Whitefield segment.
Big relief for the commuters once the services start.

Bangalore Commuter Rail / Suburban Rail Rakes Photos, Bangalore people should be proud of these

Commuter Rail

As we all know,  either Railways or State Govt has any interest to start the full fledge services of Subruban Rail.

As the time progressing,  Bangalore people are exploring more of Suburban Rail benefit then  the Railway Minister non willing to start the services.  With MEMU Maintenance shed coming up at Banasweadi,  now we have new DEMU Rake for Bangalore

Bangalore Suburban Railway Stations status, why Railway Officials and Railway Minister neglecting still ???

Commuter Rail

Looks Like Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda will not do much for Karnataka

Tanisandra Railway Station ( Station Code : THSA ) which has been abandoned by SWR. WIll DVS reopen ???

Commuter Rail

Thanisandra Railway Station abandoned by SWR.  Requesting Railway Minister to reopen this halt station with reservation counter too.

 

Bangalore stations where people getting into the crowded trains : Has SWR Brain, Ear, Eyes on this ???

Commuter Rail

Chamundi Express where people are forces to stand on both sides to get into the train as SWR is having peak time no trains running between 4:30PM to 6:30PM towards Mysore from Bangalore city station.

Petition demanding Suburban Rail was submitted to new Railway Minister !

Commuter Rail

Many thanks to all those who signed the petition and supported the latest campaign demanding Suburban Rail Service. With help coming from as far as United Sates, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Middle East, the petition got about 2300+ on-line signatures and 3000+ hard copy signatures.

Bengaluru Suburban Rail - Quick Reference Documents

Commuter Rail

Here is the list of quick reference documents on 'Bengaluru Suburban Rail Service'.

 

Commuter Rail / Suburban Rail Survey

Commuter Rail
Use the below link to provide your valuable inputs related to Commuter Rail Survey which will go into the DPR thru RI

Will the new Railway Minister make Namma Railu a reality?

Commuter Rail

It is to Karnataka State's good fortune that once again it has landed with the Railway Ministry post. The Bangalore North MP, Shri. D. V. Sadanand Gowda has been given the charge of Railway Ministry in the new government. On behalf of Praja, I would like to congratulate the new government and Shri. Sadanand Gowda. We wish them very best.

Suburban Rail Progress - Railway Board & SWR Conversation

Commuter Rail

One of the interesting aspect of Indian Elections is that all the official machinery comes to halt. The Election Model Code serves as the perfect alibi for all the delays, even if they are not. Yes, for last 6 weeks the whole of India was engulfed in what everybody loved to love call "Dance of Democracy".

For Common people, Suburban Rail makes big difference after toll hike ???

Commuter Rail

Devanahalli farmers will be priced out

The vegetable growers of Devanahalli and surrounding villages, who are among the main suppliers of vegetables to the city, are a worried lot. The nearly four-fold increase in the toll has seriously disturbed their fragile economics.

Bangalore Suburban Rail station collections

Commuter Rail

Kengeri railway Station with four Platforms well developed, used by 10000 people daily.  Its 300 / 500  meters from Mysore road  but without connectivity by road.  Even simple elevated FOB from station to Mysore road will  make big difference : 

Looking towards Bangalore city side :

Suburban Rail Bangalore

Commuter Rail

Govt looks at rail infra to bridge City's transport gap

The State government is looking at ways of better uti

Dear Railway Minister - It is time for implementation, NOT feasibility studies!

Commuter Rail
After long 9 months of hard toil, finally the words "Suburban Rail for Bangalore" has reached the ears of our Hon'ble  Railway Minister Shri Kharge.

Comments

Time for a meeting on this one?

Lets do it on the train. Hope its still running. 

This will allow us to get a feel of what we have got and plan the next steps on getting to what we need.

Commuter Rail System for Bengaluru

First we need to have meeting with BMLTA  and IDD  get the latest status on CRS.

It looks BMLTA  is pushing for CRS,  but constraint is   may be without any powers. So we need to get all the correspondence between BMLTA  to IDD, SWR & Govt of Karnataka.

 

IR's policies make no sense

IR is way behind times & totally out of sync with realities - truly an iconic remnant from the license permit raj that will not change, no matter what.

On the one hand, the railway act allows only them to run commuter /suburban trains. If they do run such trains, then they must have very low fares. If 1st class compartments are included, fares have to be about 10 times higher than ordinary class fares (almost equivalent to auto fares), whilst all they provide for the exorbitant cost are cushion on seats.

Will such conditions ever fetch them daily city office going commuters ? No wonder their image is so bad. And no wonder that all commuter rail systems in the country are running so poorly & losing heavily.

In some respects, it's perhaps a blessing in disguise that Bangalore hasn't gotten caught up with such draconian CRS systems that would never have been responsive to user needs & would have posed obstacles for building /expanding a Metro system that is far more in sync with present day realities & commuter needs.

IR does not like to run commuter services

 I spoke to an ex-IR friend and  he says that IR does not like to run commuter railways as they are not profitable for them.  Why are they not profitable - because the IR is forced to keep the same fares as it does for the lowest class of  train travel due to its fare policies.  

You would think this can be an easy one to crack.  But the IR bureaucracy is not to be trifled with.  They can drive a teetotaler to drink.  

They want to put their investments where they get most profit.  Which is okay for the most part, but this profit should not be measured on every service and every route.

Srivathsa

 

 

Drive safe.  It is not just the car maker which can recall its product.

Not as easy ...

Must understand that it is not as easy, BMRC (Metro) is also an interested party as any Commuter Rail plan will have an impact on their plans and projections. To some extent, BMTC may be an impacted party as well.

Anyway, we will understand and share all information, dynamics etc we will be allowed to put up on the website.

Joined, lets begin

Let us plan first few meetings. The candidates are

  • IDD, Mr V Madhu (to get his stand on the subject)
  • DRM, South Western Railway (status on current plans that were announced)
  • Mr Muniyappa (what will it take to get CRS in next Railway Budget)
  • BMLTA (assuming they can help push for it)

IDD = Infrastructure Development Department cell of GoK.

DRM = Divisional Railway Manager, top babu for a Railway Region

BMLTA = Bangalore Metropolitan Land Transportation Authority, mostly powerless

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