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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..."
A petition with 5000+ signatures was submitted to the Railway Minister in person on June 29th, 2014
Catch the latest buzz here,
Discussion on GOK's formal proposal sent to Railways
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.
Have questions? Email it to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
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
MRVC Chief made presentation in Urban Mobility during Dec'2012
Proposed construction of maintenance shed for MEMUs at Banaswadi with provision of pit line (Inspection Bay)shed, CC Apron, shunting neck and other miscellaneous works.
Amount: 8.35 crores Period : 6 Months
Pursuant to our campaign to reach out to elected representatives - MLAs, MPs and Ministers, I had written letters/petitions to almost all of the Namma Railu Catchment area representatives. That included Union Ministers Veerappa Moily, Rahman Khan and Mr. Kharge.
(Posting on behalf of Murali Sir and Sandeep)
Praja team comprising of Muralidhar Rao, Sandeep Chandrakeerthi joined by Sandeep's father, Mr Chopra, and Mr Mukunda (from Bellandur RWA activist) today (Saturday Dec 21, 2013) met with GOK MInister for Transport Shri. Rnalinga Reddy.
Reserved Prices for 3 years :
Two cum four wheeler parking Bangarpet Railway station :Rs.69,28,981
Two wheeler Parking at Yelahanka Railway station : Rs.24,11,615
Two wheeler Parking at Doddaballapura Railway station :Rs.5,89,051
Yesterday, on Dec 10th, a workshop on 'Suburban Rail' for elected representatives was organzied jointly by Praja-RAAG, Bangalore Needs You and IIMB. This was an initiative by Prof. Rajeev Gowda to bring the awareness among the elected representative. This workshop was organized at Conference Hall in Vidhana Soudha.
As you all know recently the former Chief Secretary Shri. Ranganath had sent the formal propsoal on 'Bangalore Suburban Rail Service' to Railway Board. Subsequent to that progress by GOK, Tumkur MP Shri. G. S.
Ministry urged to contribute 50 p.c. of Rs. 8,759-crore project
The Karnataka government has asked the Ministry of Railways to not only approve a commuter rail system (CRS) for the city, but also be an active partner in Bangalore Suburban Railway Company Ltd.
Have uploaded the proposal letters sent by DULT/GoK to Railway Board and South Western Railways (SWR) on scribd. Embedding them here.
The covering letter
@ Kishore Chandra - Thanks for your help in translating the documents to Kannada.
Dear Praja members,
Here is the draft of the petition in Kannada addressed to MLAs for their support to Suburban Rail Service. Also attached is the Brochure in Kannada that can be sent along with the petition.
Railway Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge on Saturday urged the State government to hasten acquisition process of Binny Mill land abutting the City Railway Station so that the Railways can make a beginning with the Commuter Rail System (CRS) for Bangalore.
Recently I was at Mahindra World City which is 50 Kms from Chennai. As usual got interested in the Connectivity from this place to Heart of Chennai.
I am sure, all of you must have seen an update from our friend Sanjeev on progress of Suburban Rail project. There is a likelihood that we could hear about the introduction of 1 or 2 services rolled out under this project proposal in next 2-3 months.
Abhijit Mehta, an Urban Transport expert who has extensive familiarity with urban transport landscape in Mumbai including famous MRVC advises Bangalore Suburban Rail proposal to account for capacities that will serve for next 50 Years. Here are his words,
"...Good Morning Mr ........
The following trains run on this route
Posting on Behalf of Mr. Sudrashan Mantri, President, Professional Cell-KPCC
(Posted on Facebook)
List of major RUB's and ROB's within BBMP limit : Total 141 identified by RITES 2012 report as part of Commuter Rail.. Out of that how many will come under BBMP limits ??? Also Volume of Traffic more then 50000 TVU's are level crossing : 55 Nos.