Bangalore could get suburban rail too

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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

RITES is ready to hand over the feasibility study to the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT). "Its feasibility study will be completed by May-end and submitted anytime now. Once this is read and understood, stakeholders can meet to take the project forward," V Manjula, commissioner, DULT told TOI

The project is envisioned for 2027 and ground surveys and studies whether Karnataka needs such a system to connect to its capital city were done by 2006-07. But South Western Railway demanded a second study on proposed routes to understand the need of commuters, based on which a detailed project report could be worked upon.

Manjula said in the present system, only a skeletal service is operating and to enhance better commuter rail services, the number of services has to be improved. She also said the Suburban Commuter Rail System will look into these aspects. Sources also said RITES is looking at four major routes which will not clash with the Metro rail but provide connectivity to Metro stations.

For example, if a person is travelling from Ramanagaram to Kengeri, he should be able to travel within the city by accessing the Kengeri Metro station, planned in Phase 2 or even access the Mysore Road terminal of Phase 1 which will be ready by mid-2014.

The Project

The system is to provide railway connectivity from suburban areas to urban locations, like the ones operating in Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The travel time of one hour by rail, which is generally a distance of 40-60 km radial from the city, is looked for developing such a system. All these trains moving in these routes will also come towards Bangalore City railway station but not halt here. Sources in DULT told TOI the trains could be moving in directions along inter-changeable routes like a train from Ramanagaram to Kengeri can also head up to Yeswanthpur and travel towards the Yelahanka-Doddaballapur line too.

Proposed route -- Distance (km)

Ramanagaram to Kengeri - 32

Baiyyapanhalli to Hosur - 41

Tumkur to Yeswanthpur - 64

Yelahanka to Doddaballapur - 24

Suburban Trains / Commuter Rail should be implemented striclty as per RITES report and as per whims / fancy of some persons who never travell in the Local Trains or METRO or BMTC

I don't know its Good or Bad thing happening for Commuter Rail In Bangalore,  the  way  Urban Planners in GoK,  CM, Transport Minister, Bangalore Incharge Minister  & Elected Representatives  are handling the Commuter Rail segments.

Yelahanaka Doddballapur of no use to any one, why DULT / IDD  wants cut sorry figure with such bad proposals.  What happended to Bangarpet - Yelahanaka ,  Nelamangala.

As it appears,  Bangarpet, Yelahanaka, Chikballapur are left out by DULT / IDD so that METRO / HSRL can take care.  Also Baiyyapanahallai to Yesvanthpur / Yelahanka is not their in picture, this  is justify the signal free corridors Tenders which were published by BDA in todays paers worth 6000 crores.

 Also LRT is getting pushed in so called back door regulairzation event GIM by IDD and same department  is taking least interest in Commuter Rail.

Hope some common sense / good things previals on  DULT / IDD / Ministers & CM of GoK and Elected reps so that good Commuter Rail is planned for Bangalore and not  Handicapped  / Orphan thing.






As Citizens we should insist for proper Commuter Rail

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As Citizens we should force GoK to go along with RITES suggestions. Already we have seen how CTTP 2007 & CDP 2015 have  failed with so much of money spent  on reports & DPR's.

Now we are seeing how badly METRO is going on,  added to that wounds, BDA & BBMP are adding salt by calling tenders for Signal free Corridors from Beniganhalli - Mekhri Circle, Central Silk Board Junction - Jayamahal Road, Jnanabharathi - Rajarajeshwari Nagar on Mysore Road  worth 3200  Crore,  CBI Junction on Bellary Road  - Windsor Manoor Bridge,  Sarjapur - Mysore Road.