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


All posts in this group

CRS Publicity Posters in Kannada!

Commuter Rail

Couple of praja members had requsted for CRS publicity posters. Here are 2 versions of CRS posters in Kannada. You all may feel free to use it for CRS publicity at workplace, apartment societies, Malls and public spaces. Please feel free to print, distribute and display at prominent locations.

Proceedings of DULT meeting on 2012 RITES Report on Bengaluru CRS !

Commuter Rail

Department of Urban Land Transportation (DULT) in GOK had called a meeting with all the stake holders of 'Commuter Rail' to discuss the 2012 RITES report on Implementing Commuter Rail Service in Bangalore.

Praja Commuter Rail presentation @ OneBengaluru

Commuter Rail
8 Jul 2012 15:00
8 Jul 2012 17:00

Sunday 8th July 2012, 3PM @ 1677 17th Main, J.P.Nagar 2nd Phase, Bangalore,

Other Commuter Rail Study reports for Reference

Commuter Rail

Hidalgo County Commuter Rail Study

On Page 207 : Public meting held to take opinion of the Public.

Summary of June 2012 RITES draft report on CRS

In June 2012, RITES submitted a draft report on feasibility / go forward details on commuter rail service (CRS) for Bengaluru to DULT. Here is a summary and abstract of relevant portions of this report. The report is also available in full at this link.

RITES report on Implementation of Commuter Rail for Bengaluru

Commuter Rail

The draft report of the Implementation of Commuter Rail for Bengaluru has been released by RITES to DULT. DULT has shared the report with us for our comments. We are expected to profvide our feedback before 30th of this month. SO do leave your feedback as comments to this thread. 


Controversy brewing over commuter rail, Metro to blame?

Commuter Rail

Time to indulge in some talk on Namma Railu aka Commuter Rail Service (CRS). RITES has submitted a report to DULT last week. Sources claim that Rs 3000-4000 Crore can give Bangalore a 15 minute lead time commuter rail system covering 200 odd kms of distance. We will validate this once the RITES report is made public.

How SWR has admitted its short comings on Signalling at Bayippanahhali

Commuter Rail

Here is the RTI reply from SWR  for the track improvements at Bayippanahalli. Till now how SWR has fooled public on its tracks being over utilized. Its high time SWR / GoK start thinking that they exist for Citizens and they should serve in the interest of Citizens.

What matters for Commuter Rail Sucess?

Commuter Rail

"..most important things in success of commuter rail is, geographic location, geographic location and geographic location."

Bangalore could get suburban rail too

Commuter Rail

The city could well be going the Mumbai way. In a first step to revive suburban trains for better connectivity into the city, Rail Indian Technical and Economic Services (RITES) will ready the feasibility study by June first week. The Suburban Commuter Rail System will connect nearby high-density locations like Ramanagaram, Mandya, Chikkaballapur and Hosur to the city comment guidelines

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