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DULT takes 3 months to issue DPR work order on Suburban Rail Phase-1A!

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Source - Deccan Herald

"...The Directorate of Urban Land and Transport  (DULT)  has provided RITES four months time to prepare the DPR for phase 1A of the project.  The orders were issued during the second week of October.  The phase will connect Bangalore City-Nayandahalli-Jnanabharathi-Kengeri-Hejjala-Bidadi-Ramanagara and Bangalore City-Bangalore Cantonment-Bangalore East- K R Puram- Whitefield-Malur. RITES has already prepared the feasibility for the project and submitted it to DULT last year..."

It was in July, 2013 that CM announced the project in State Budget and subsequently a "Government Order" was issued on July 18th, 2013. If the above DH news is correct, it has taken 3 months for DULT to issue an work order to RITES to do a DPR. If a preliminary work order takes 3 months, GOD only knows how long will it take for Suburban Rail project to get implemented? 20-25 years?

What is surprising is, all along DULT and other govt agencies were saying that DPR work is in progress and it will take about 4-8 months. Though the GO clearly tasks the DULT to take up SPV formation, constitution of empowered committee and proceedings for acquiring the Binny Mill Land. One would have expected that DULT will take it upon itself to exceute this ASAP, but DULT has done nothing on this front.

It looks like DULT is going to sit tight until the DPR is done and then it will decide what do with the DPR. Instead of initiating works in parallel, DULT is hell bent on serializing them. In all this they are not even contemplating on submitting a formal proposal for Railways. To be frank no body knows what's happening in DULT/GOK for Suburban Rail? Are these delaying tactics part of larger design to stall all other projects so that METRO can have a grand opening? Only DULT/GOK knows.

DULT's role seems to fit this saying - Devaru Kotre, Poojari Kodlilla

Here is the GO copy.



kbsyed61's picture

It's Confusing!

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Can't trust the media unless there is an official word from govt. No body knows what is the status or prgogram of government for 'Suburban Rail'. Tragedy is DULT is not willing to tell public what is the reality of 'Suburban Rail'. Can't understand their stand to keep things under wrap?

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