CRS Cost Benefit Analysis in 'The Hindu'

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Commuter Rail

The Hindu - Rail line as a lifeline By M A Siaraj

"...Does Commuter Rail Service (CRS) for Bangalore make any sense? This question is likely to be asked by all those who are curious with the advent of the CRS into the lexicon of the public transport choices being discussed to ease the woes of the commuters in Bangalore in the years ahead.

Cost-benefit analysts say it makes abundant sense in Bangalore, headed for being a megalopolis, where nearly 45 lakh man-trips are recorded by the BMTC on an average working day. The proposed CRS will connect Ramanagaram, Tumkur, Nelamangala, Doddaballpur, Chikkaballapur, Anekal, Malur, Bangarapet and Hosur with Bangalore..."

"...According to Syed, all public utility projects are weighed against the socio-economic benefits that it brings in. “World over, it is acknowledged that investment in public transport system and infrastructure is always a profitable venture. It not only brings in economic returns but also a slew of benefits to the society and the community. It would provide enhanced connectivity and affordable mobility and cost-efficient transport.”

He, however, cautions against counting the chickens before they are hatched. “Social benefits are very hard to quantify and also the impact will be seen only after 5-10 years. These accrue on slower pace and most times remain invisible.”"

"...In terms of gender equity, mass transit systems are considered much safer for women than hired transport. Overall, the RAAG analysis says every Rs. 100 investment would result in Rs. 600 in economic returns..."

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Long-distance travel may be a short cut to illness

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With the city bursting at its seams, commuting long distances has become the norm for most Bangaloreans.

Working people and student community travel about 10-20 km on an average every day in the absence of a good public transport. The consequent long-distance commuting may lead to problems like chronic heart diseases, kidney diseases, blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory disorders and back and neck ache.

Vijay Shastri, 34, techie from Hebbal, used to travel about 25 km to and from his workplace in Whitefield every day. Dealing with peak-hour traffic and congested roads became a part of his life. Vijay slowly developed low blood pressure. Three months back, he suffered a severe heart attack while driving his car. Fortunately, he was rushed to the hospital in time and his life could be saved. But Vijay has stopped going to work since then. He now works from home four days a week, attending office once

Studies have said that if one travels for more than 2-3 hours a day, it can harm his/her physical, mental and social health."

A person dealing with road traffic, navigation and driving can be stressed, which can even lead to road rages or fights at home, as the pent-up emotions need an outlet, he explained.

Said Sujatha Reddy, (name changed), a media professional : "I have a two-wheeler , but it is very stressful to drive back home in the evening peak-hour traffic. I realized it was affecting my concentration and I was often becoming forgetful and anxious. I switched over to public transport five months back and am feeling much better."

Indirect cost benefit  thru' Health and Productivity Improvements  for Public Transport using Commuter Rail.  Govt should focus on getting Public Transort projects  in place without much delay



Social Cost Benefit Analysis of Delhi METRO

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@ Syed,

we can look at this and how things can be applied for  CRS Bangalore

It's no different than what we had pointed out in CRS!

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I have read the report and found to be very similar to socioeconomic analysis that we had done for CRS. There can not be two views on this that Mass transit system like METRO, CRS, suburban rail etc are win-win propositions for the government and the people. It is not a straight forward commercial enterprise profit making proposition but an important instrument of growth and economic propeller.