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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
New Facebook page for Namma Railu -
Changed the name to a simpler one so that while talking to people, announing it anywhere, we can have a simple name like http .... dash dash dash slash NRBLR
In coming public-outreach campaigns, it will be very useful.
In the era of market economy, there is absolutely no chance or room for any projects only on basis of social good. The government officials who are entrusted to consider such projects for approvals are increasingly scrutinizing the projects very closely taking into account the investments and returns it will accrue in coming years.
test blog -
lets see if this gets published auto.
Need your inputs and help please. Some of us are planning on an awareness campaign for Namma Railu aka demand for Commuter Rail Service. If you work in a tech park like place, or in large offices, wanted to check on a few things:
Here I am trying get all Tenders called by SWR in Bangalore Division. These infrastructure will help CRS implementation.
1. Yeshvanthpur: Extension of FOB from Platform 2/3 to 4, 5 & 6
Tender called on 28.05.2012 value : Rs 78.42 Lakhs, Duration of Completion 6 months from Tender award.
For past few years, every now and then we come across news about Railways and Binny Mill land next to it. News always is about railways claiming to acquire the Binny Mill Land through state government. State govt also is reported to have agreed to transfer some land to railways.
I would like to share the minutes of the meeting held under the chairmanship of Dr. Amita Prasad, IAS, Principal Secretary, UDD to examine the RITES report on "Implementation of Commuter Rail Service in Banaglore.
Thanks to Dr. Rajkumar Khatri, IAS, for sharing this meeting minutes with me in response to my email request.
Hindu reported this weekend that SWR is yet to start trains to Nelamangala. Story here, key excerpts:
Odd timings for the trains that are supposed to to run ...
Friends, some of us have discussed possibilities of filing a PIL for seeking closure or accelerating work on Commuter Rail Service (CRS) for Bengaluru. At this point, we are not entirely sure how well or fast the project is moving. Going by some reports, there is good progress.
Courtesy, Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), here is the copy of the RITES final report that submitted to the DULT. You would remember that In June/July, RITES had submitted the draft report which was deliberated upon by all the stakeholders including the "Praja-RAAG". Per DULT, this is the final version of the report based on the feedback from DULT, and SWR.
Time has come for all of us to join and support the 'Namma Railu' team in demanding immediate approval to the 'Commuter Rail Project'. Namma Railu team is starting a campaign for sending at least '100 Petitions' to Chief Minister and other government machinery. Please help NR team in this effort.
Meeting WIth DRM / SWR Bangalore Division
As new DRM Mr Anil Kumar Agarwal taken over from Mr Mani last month, to update him on RITES report and regarding Train day which is beeing planned in Sept'2012.
Let us know who can make it even though this meeting is in the morning
I am busy, can't find time to help Praja members in commuter rail campaign?
Really difficult to dedicate time to attend meetings with government officials?
Just not possible to participate in all the public discussions on CRS?
Welcome to the Praja's Online Media Center, covering the Citizens campaign for Bengaluru Commuter Rail Service. Thanks to the media, both electronic and paper, there has been good coverage of plans for implementing CRS in Bengaluru.