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)


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




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


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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


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Citizen's Demand Report for Bengaluru CRS

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Here is the draft version of the planned 'Demand Report' for CRS Bengaluru. This is work in rpogress, I am still working on and need lot of information to go into this document. I will keep updating this document and post it here for your review and comemnts.

CRS for Bangalore


Per McKinsey report on India’s urbanization to 2030:

Commuter Rail meetings with Mr Ananth Kumar, Mr V Madhu - report

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Yesterday was kind of a big day for this project. Some of us met Mr V Madhu, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development Department, Govt of Karnataka. And Sanjeev managed a meeting with BJP MP, Mr Ananth Kumar.

Murali, blrsri, N, IDS and myself were there with Mr Madhu, spent about an hour with him, mostly listening to his thoughts. He seemed like a high energy guy. And as it happens in the most of these meetings, the ball was thrown back in our court. Mr Madhu asked us to return in a couple of weeks with a report carrying all our ideas on CRS and an actionable way.

Sanjeev too, from his meeting with Mr Ananth Kumar, got this task of getting back to him with a solid presentation on Commuter Rail for Bangalore.

Meeting with Mr V Madhu, Infrastructure Development Dept

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20 May 2010 15:00

On the subject of commuter rail plans, finally, we have a meeting comfirmed with Mr V Madhu. got this from Mr Madhu's office. Thursday 20th May, 3 PM, Vikasa Soudha.

You are invited for the Meeting with Shri V.Madhu, Principal Secretary to Government,  Infrastructure Development Department on 20th May 2010  at 15:00hrs  in Room no-28, Ground Floor, Vikasa Soudha, Bangalore-560009   You are requested to carry a copy of this mail to allow yourself inside Vikasa Soudha.

Email to Public Relations Office, SWR

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Sent this email to Public relations officer of South Western Railway. If you too are a believer in potential of Commuter Rail, please join in, and email the PRO. More the better. Here is what I sent, can be used as your template.


Chief Public Relations Officer, South Western Railway, Hubli
Phone : +91 836 2360747
Email : cpro [at]

Dear Sir,

Ever Since RITES CTTP recommended commuter rail service for Bangalore, we have been waiting for action from South Western Railway. Recently, we have been hearing a lot about Circular Railway and Commuter Rail services for Bangalore Metropolitan Area. Could you please clarify if SWR is considering working on either of these projects. Please also clarify on the difference between Circular and Commuter Rail.

New BDA layouts and Commuter Rail stations - Belandur Road, Karmelaram

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0805201054508052010552Following up on post frpm IDS to detail out the Hebbal station, it is worth it to dig deep into possibilities for Belandur Road and Karmelaram Stations.

The case today

Look at the location of the station, and you can see that:

Report - Bangalore local train ride & meet

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Ah! Ufff!. What an eye opener. Easily the best Praja meeting of all. I am so lost for words here. So would be IDS, Murali, Naveen and Manjari you bet. Otherwise, we would have logged in our reports yesterday itself.

Tale of Hebbal station

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Hebbal SWR station located in ward 20 adjacent to the ring road services wards 19, 20, 21 on the inside & ward 8 on the outside. The demographics of these wards lend itself to heavy public transport usage. Let us look at this station from a CRS standpoint

The station itself is bare and clean. The reservation counters are empty but the station manager is helpful in printing tickets to those who ask. It has 2 platforms with tracks in the middle. Only the platform closest to the entrance is used by the YH1 CRS train. This is possibly to prevent crossing over from the other platform as you will have to walk on the tracks to cross over.

Hebbal station looking towards Yeshwantpur

The entrance to the station is on the Ring road side. 

Ring road west (towards Yeshwantpur) from station entrance

BMLTA sub committee 6th meeting on 14th Dec'2009

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BMLTA Sub Committtee minutes of meeting held on 14th Dec'2009,  Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development Department.

Here things are clear on starting of services between Yesvanthpur to Anekal and DRM of SWR has agreed finally to start the services between Yesvanthpur to Anekal once they get the Amount for two Rakes.

Commuter Rail - attention local news journalists

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Now that we have a window opening for Commuter Rail Services, we need to spread solid awareness about the possibilities and issues. Towards that, members of this Praja project are making an appeal to media personnel. Please carry informative and detailed reports on possiblities, plans and success factors for commuter rail services for Bengaluru. We are promising all help - we will spend time with you to write them, or if you are okay, even write the details for you.

Please contact any one of (vinod_shankar, Sanjeev, Raghu Nandana M, Naveen, silkboard) us, and we will sit with you to write the detailed and informative stories.

Our support will be on first come first served basis, and we look forward to support from one or more wide circulation newspapers of Karnataka.

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