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.

Report Highlights

  • Makes a strong case for CRS and says it is a must for Bengaluru’s growing needs
  • Recommends Connecting Bengaluru with:
    • Mandya/Ramanagaram, Tumkur/Nelamangala, Doddaballapur, Chikballapur
    • Whitefield, Anekal, Hosur, Malur, Bangarpet
  • Considering the 'Exclusive Right of Way' feature of rail transport,
    • Points out that there will be no road induced grid locks, traffic jams, road congestion etc.
    • Argues that it will  enable fastest travel option covering 70-100 Kms in 1-11/2 hr.
    • Ensures on time arrivals and departures.
    • Predictable travel times
    • Makes it execllent reliable daily commute options for citizens
  • Concludes that on completion CRS will have capacity to carry 20 lakh commuters / day
  • Recommends that trains should cross city centers  and terminate beyond city centers – No termination at city edges as recommended/suggested in some govt quarters.
  • With facts and figures makes unequivocal claim that CRS is possible with significant upgrades to IR infrastructure
  • Estimates a cost of 8000 Crores over 7 Years for works spraed accross 3 Phases.
  • Makes a claim that CRS can be operational in 2 Years with completion of Phase 1A costing 3200 Crores.

CRS Routes/Segments


Commuter Rail - 4 Times the Network @ 1/5th of the cost


Bengaluru CRS Features





I am extremely happy with

I am extremely happy with this proposal. However, I feel that terminating the trains at Mandya is not a very good idea when a bigger city Mysore, is just 45 Km away ; fast local services between Bangalore and Mysore with limited stops would be a good idea. As for the other services, Bangalore - Channapatna with a stop at every station including the ones that are likely to be built, would be decent.

New lines like Bidadi - Whitefield via, Harohalli, Bannerghatta, Anekal town, Chandapura, Sarjapura, Varthur and Gunjur should be constructed for the purpose of commuter rail. If possible, this line should touch Electronics City. This line's capacity, when enhanced, could help in diverting the Mysore - Chennai trains, thereby reducing burden on Bangalore City station.

Similarly,  a line from Kengeri or Bidadi to Bangalore - Tumkur railway line, along the NICE road should be laid. Once this is done, besides reducing the burden on Yeshwantpur - Majestic - Mysore section, establishes a new corridor covering Magadi road, Visvesvaraya layout ; reaching Yelahanka or Byappanahalli too would not be a problem due to the presence of bypass lines on the outskirts of Yeshwantpur station.


DNA News - Commuter rail gains traction!

Source - DNA

Decongesting Bangalore: Commuter rail gains traction

"...Taking a long-term and holistic approach to not just decongest Bangalore’s roads, but to discourage migration of people to the city from peripheral districts, the Rail India Technical and Economical Services (RITES) has presented commuter rail system (CRS) as an effective transport option..."

"...The RITES, in its report submitted to the directorate of urban land transport, said that although most city planners do not look at the rail system as a solution to its problems, or consider it in their plans, “the inherent advantages and large potential of railway as a suburban/urban transport system cannot be ignored.”.."

DH News article on Commuter Rail Draft Report

Draft report on commuter rail submitted to government

Source - Deccan Herald

"...If all goes as per DULT (Directorate of Urban Land Transport) plan, Bangaloreans will soon have rail facility to different destinations in districts like Mandya, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Tumkur and Bangalore Rural..."

"...A draft report on implementation of commuter rail system (CRS) in Bangalore, submitted by RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) limited to DULT recently, proposes to run trains to these destinations with a speed of 70 km to 100 km per hour, apart from providing connectivity to commuters within the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike limits.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, DULT Commissioner V Manjula confirmed that the directorate has received the report on CRS. “We are going through the report and meetings will be held with stakeholders South Western Railway, the BBMP, BMRDA and other planning authorities

After accommodating suggestions, the report will be finalised and sent to the high- powered committee for approval, she added..."

High- powered committee for approval   should push this project as recomended by RITES in the interest of  Bangalore citizens  traffic problem for long term solution. comment guidelines

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