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

Implementing Suburban Rail - SPV Model!

Commuter Rail

Last Friday, News9 / TV9's aired a live 'Panel Discussion on Namma Railu' with Dr. Sitharam (CiSTUP), Smt. Sumithra Iyengar (BCIC), our friend Mr. Muralidhar Rao (Preseident - Praja-RAAG) and myself as a blogger on Namma Railu.

TV 9 / NEWS 9 - Panel Discussion on 'Bengaluru Suburban Rail Service' aka Namma Railu !

Commuter Rail

Video recording of the panel discussion hosted by TV 9 / News 9 on the subject of impelmenting 'Suburban Rail Service' in Bengaluru.

Courtesy - TV 9 / News 9

 

Report of the Expert Group for Modernizaion of Indian Railways

Commuter Rail

3.4 Upgraded suburban coaches

6.6 Monetize Airspace above the platforms & rail tracks: a pilot project could be immediately

Bengaluru Suburban Rail - Just a Few Miles more to start,says Citizen Matters

Commuter Rail

"...Reaching Tumkur, Ramanagar and other peripheral cities will be easy in future, when the Commuter Rail system becomes a reality. The project is expected to disperse the traffic inside the city as well as connect Bangalore with suburbs..."

New daily 8 AM train from Tumkur to Bangalore

Commuter Rail

It looks like raining of new trains in Karnataka, courtesy Shri. Kharge.

Bangalore East Station

Commuter Rail

"Despite recent renovation, much remains to be done to make Bangalore East station passenger friendly. Notwithstanding regular use by the city’s eastern residents, the station, located on Pottery Road, falls short in the basic infrastructure department."

Good news - we will soon get "Bangalore suburban rail", Namma Railu is chugging ahead!

Commuter Rail

We are on track to get a "Bengaluru Suburban Rail". Yes, that is the formal name of the project!! Sharing this good news we heard today regarding Namma Railu, here are some more specifics.

200 Crorers - Initial Investment to start Bengaluru CRS in 6 to 12 months time!

Commuter Rail

With Congress Government in rule at the state and Shri. Mallikarjuna Kharge taking charge of Railway Ministry, the chances of 'Namma Railu' aka Bengaluru CRS getting implemented has increased ever than before. The competitive challenges has also increased ever than before.

Bangalore City Station Developments

Commuter Rail

Bangalore City: Proposed extension of Foot Over Bridge from Platform No 10 to MG colony.

Tender Cost : Rs 49,56,000/-   within 3 month work to be completed   after tender  awarded

EMU / MEMU / DEMU rakes for Commuter Rail Bangalore : why not BEML support this

Commuter Rail

Rakes / Coaches needed for Commuter Rail Bangalore   : BEML  is regularly supplying Stainless Steel EMU coaches of 72 numbers and 60 numbers of MEMU to Indian Railway.  Look at the Video's :                              &nb

Sunday June 23 - Namma Railu Campaign Strategy Meeting

Commuter Rail
23 Jun 2013 07:30
23 Jun 2013 09:30
Asia/Calcutta
This Sunday, June 23, 2013, a few of us have invited KPCC Spokesperson Prof. Rajeev Gowda to our regular sunday morning breakfast bicycle ride to discuss the future steps for commuter rail. WIll keep everyone informed on the outcomes.
 
 

Whitefield Railway Station

Commuter Rail

Kadugodi residents wait for safety of foot overbridge, The long-pending demand of a pedestrian crossing at Whitefield Railway Station remains a non-starter.

More from source: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/338399/kadugodi-residents-wait-safety-foot.html

K R Puram Station

Commuter Rail

In this thread,  we will share or update  on the K R Purma station related news,  tenders & info.

Better days ahead for KR Puram railway station

Commuter Rail promise in BJP's Bangalore manifesto

Commuter Rail

BJP released its Bangalore Manifesto last evening. Here is the PDF, Kannada. There is a clear promise regarding Commuter Rail, 'misspelt' slightly as Commuters Rail.

Did Railway Board Lie to Tumkur MP Shri. G. S. Basavaraj?

Commuter Rail

In July 2011, Railway Board in a letter responding to Tumkur MP Shri. G. S. Basavaraj's request for CRS between Tumkur and Bengaluru, had indicated that they have asked South Western Railways, Hubli, to discuss this proposal with Government of Karnataka. Here is that letter.

Namma Railu gets Approval from State Government!

Commuter Rail

Prajagale,

Namma Railu Proposal has been approved by GOK.........................

Commuter Rail - Match Fixing

Commuter Rail

We are now past all the Budgets and big-bang announcements from both State and Central Govt. Time for some close up analysis of all these unfortunate annual Tamshas. It is clear by now that, in the GOK state budget, Railway Budgets and the latest Union Budget, there was remotely any hint of support to commuter rail service proposal.

Namma Railu Brochure - Promise of Growth Beyond Bengaluru!

Commuter Rail

Here is the latest version of Namma Railu / CRS Brochure for distribution at work, Apartments, Public Places, Government Offices, Shopping Areas etc. It will be handy document to carry at events where we might have opportunity to talk to Babus, Politicians. This brochure carries the CRS proposal in very simple language and language that ordinary people can connect with.

No Commuter Rail Proposal from GOK - PMO

Commuter Rail

"No proposal was received from Government of Karnataka to start the Commuter Rail Service in Bangalore" was the reply from Prime Minister's office to a RTI query.

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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