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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

First MEMU Maintenance shed at Bangalore Railway Division, step towards Suburban Rail Services.

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

Calcutta Suburban Rail services tracking


Calcutta Suburban Rail gets additional coaches from 9 to 12 which resulted in 33 % increase in the capacity.

Why is that Bngaloe SuburbanRail not getting  clearance from Railwa Board.

Thank you Shri Rahman Khan's for taking up the Namma Railu with Shri. Kharge!

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.

Meeting with Minister Shri. Ramlinga Reddy

(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.

Revenue model for Suburban Rail from other then travell tickets

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

Workshop on Suburban Rail for Elected Representatives!

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.

Tumkur MP Shri. Basavaraj writes to PM, Railway Minister and CM for Suburban Rail Project!

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.

Karnataka seeks Railways’ nod for suburban network

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.

Copy of Suburban Rail (aka CRS) proposal sent by GoK to Railways

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

Chikaballapur Station getting ready

Chikballapur station getting two Platforms part of Chikabbalpur - Kolar broad gauge conversion. SWR has failed to create on island PF with pit lines for the Suburban Rail and even to run intercity trains.

 

Petition & Suburban Rail Brochure in Kannada !

@ 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.

CRS could commence if Binny Mill land is given: Kharge

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.

Chennai Suburban Rail : Paranur Station next to Mahindra World City where ITPL failed

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.

Suburban Rail Portal - Inviting Suggestions!

Dear Prajagale,

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.

Suburban Rail - Plan for capacities lasting 50 years, says Abhijit Mehta!

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 ........

Suburban Rail - Notes from Meeting with Railway Minister, Aug 10, 2013

Posting on Behalf of Mr. Sudrashan Mantri, President, Professional Cell-KPCC

(Posted on Facebook)

List of ROB's and RUB's within BBMP limits

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.

Comments

idontspam's picture

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.

Sanjeev's picture

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.

 

Naveen's picture

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.

s_yajaman's picture

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.

silkboard's picture

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.

silkboard's picture

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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