Copy of Suburban Rail (aka CRS) proposal sent by GoK to Railways

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Commuter Rail

Have uploaded the proposal letters sent by DULT/GoK to Railway Board and South Western Railways (SWR) on scribd. Embedding them here.


The covering letter

Sub urban rail proposal.pdf

The proposal

Sub urban rail system- Proposal.doc



If we were to get lucky ...

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One personal call from our CM to Railway Minister, and a push from Railway Minister to get railways to respond favorably to GoK could get Suburban rail going. As we all know, this needs to happen before Lok Sabha election related code of conduct kicks in.

Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks for sharing the documents. Clearly ball is in CM and Shri. Kharge's court. I pray that the approval comes through quickly.


The Parliamentary Standing

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The Parliamentary Standing Committee o­n Railways under the Chairmanship of Shri T.R. Baalu, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, are examining the subject ‘Suburban Train Services of Indian Railways, with particular emphasis o­n security of women passengers’.  In this connection, the committee will hold informal discussion o­n the subject with the representatives of Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway and Kolkata Metro at Kolkata, Western Railway and Central Railway at Mumbai, South Central Railway at Hyderabad, South Western Railway at Bengaluru and Southern Railway at Chennai.

             The Study Group would also hear the views/suggestions/coments from interested rail commuter associations/experts/NGOs o­n the subject and matters related thereto as per the following schedule:



Taj Vivanta

2275 Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur



1000 hrs.

Interested Groups/NGOs etc., who are desirous to appear before the Committee, may intimate the same to the Under Secretary, Standing Committee o­n Railways, Lok Sabha Secretariat (Tele No. 011-23035291, 011-23034089, 011-23034157), for consideration of the Committee.  The decision of the Committee to invite the persons for appearing before the Committee shall be final.,4,268&dcd=1720&did=138414734794635D7F18821A750CD5676E5CB1A410FEE.web103

Press release on this

We should try to meet this committe.  Lets ry their number and get appointment.

Its on 15th Nov.

State hasn’t sent proposal on suburban rail: Kharge

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Minister for Railways M. Mallikarjuna Kharge on Monday said the State government is yet to send a concrete proposal on commencing suburban rail operations in Bangalore.

Speaking to reporters after flagging off the Yeshwanthpur–Chandigarh Sampark Kranthi bi-weekly express and laying the foundation stone for renovation of Yelahanka railway station, Mr. Kharge said he was aware that the State government had got RITES to prepare a project report on the suburban rail. The report speaks about utilising existing railway tracks while the government has not indicated its willingness to lay new lines for the suburban rail system, he said. Also, no special purpose vehicle has been formed to execute the project, the Minister said.

However, highly placed sources in the State government told The Hindu that the proposal has indeed been sent to the Railway Board.


Its very surprising to see the stand taken by Railway Minister Kharge on Bangalore Suburban Rail services. What is he gaining by not approving  and that to for Capital of Karnataka. 

Equally failure from the Bangalore MP's not putting pressure on Railway Minister.

It will be foolishnes from Kharge side if he is not approving

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The signal-free corridor project from Rajajinagar to Fountain Junction (Khoday’s Junction) edged towards reality on Monday as the State government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Railways for land swap.

According to the terms of the MoU, the State government will part with three acres, 16 guntas of Binny Mill land in exchange for 26 guntas of railway land. The government has spent Rs 70 crore on acquiring the Binny Mill land.

With so much happening for Bangalore division and thanks to Railway Minister Kharge,

1. With MEMU Maintenance shed coming up at Banaswadi, at the cost of                Rs 10 Crore, 
2. Yelahanka station getting upgraded at the cost of Rs 15 Crore, 
3. This 3.3 Acers of Binny Mill land for City station expansion with more Platforms & Rs 20 Crore funds for expansion 
4. Doubling of Yesvanthpur - Yelahanka,
5. Channasandra - Yelahanka is nearing completion
6. With many ROB's and RUBs along with FOB's at Bayyiappanahalli,   Yelahanka, Whitefield.  
7. Electrification of Yelahanka - Guntakal, Bangalore - Mysore lines
8. Upgradation of Bayippanahalli
9. GOK has come forward to share the Suburban Rail project cost by 50%                                                                      10. MEMU train will be started between Bangalore - Ramangara any time
11. Escaltors are getting ready for opening at City station

In any way,  SWR has to start the suburban rail services even if Railway Minister likes it or not for their own efficency increasing. 

Railway Minister should realize by now that if he does not approve,  next Railway minister will do this job with cake walk.   It will be foolishnes from his side if he is not approving and showing his gesture to the state capital.

In other way,  he can position himslef for the CM of Karnataka if he does some of these good gesture for the Capital

Minister's Version is in variance to GOK's version!

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Kharge's version is in variance to the version emanating from GOK side. Sources in DULT confirms that UDD Minister recently had met the Railway Minister Kharge and given a presentation. State Officials connected to Suburban Rail Project are in touch with Railway Officials and have provided all the requested information.

Does Railway Minister has intention to provide Suburban Rail for

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When Pune - Lonavala, Kanpur - Lucknow can have suburban rail with EMU rakes running by Indian Railway without any support or demand from the State Govts. 

Here is the case where GOK has taken steps to see that Suburban Rail gets implemented  with Indian Railway and even with Cost shaing basi ( 50 % )

How does MMTS and Chennai Suburban Rail are running,  do they have any seperate Tracks,  the way Railway Minister talking ??/

Now he is talking of Circular Railway  when its no where discussed at any place ???


Letter response to Chief Sec / GOK , Railway Board letter

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ailway Board Letter to GM / Hubli to provide their consent for participating in SPV for Bangalore Suburban Rail 

This letter which was written during 1st week of Feb'2014, this approval could have come easily, we have missed it.   Now we need to wait till the elections are over. As I understand that, GM / SWR Hubli has not responded to this letter till now.


RTI reply for progress made by SWR on direction of Railway Board

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Railway Boards reply dated 13.07.2011to Tumkur MP G.S. Basavarajus Letter

SWR, Hublis reply to the above Letter on 20.03.2013 after 2 Years.


Lazy SWR

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Why does it take two years to reply?


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BANGALORE SUBURBAN RAIL COMPANY LIMITED  in the month of 12th March 2014  with paid up of capital of  Rs 5,00,000/-   with add : 3rd FLOOR, BMTC TTMC, 'B' Block K. H. Road, Shanthinagar,   Bangalore Karnataka INDIA 560027

Now its for Railway board to give the approval to aprticipate in SPV and start the services, with funds to be contributed for developed required infrastructure. 

Railway Board has main responsibility to build MEMU shed and allocate rakes for MEMU on priority for Bangalore / SWR.

Good move by the state government.

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The state government has opened an organisation called BANGALORE SUBURBAN RAIL COMPANY LIMITED to expedite the work on sub urban rail to Bangalore which is cost effective and can be completed by priority as flowers vegetables and all the daily needs come from the outskirts of Bangalore. We must thaank the state government in this issue. The company will act as a catalyst between the state and the central government. The cost of the sub urban rail is estimated at around Rs.8000 crore which may be escalated upto Rs.10000 crore because in the delay of starting the project. The project must be started in phase manner and it must be first implemented from doddaballapur to bangalore where many of the daily needs come from. As we have many trains running between mysore and bangalore that can be taken in the second phase. If it is taken in the phased manner the project will be successfull in all means.

Vidyadhara B V

BE (Instrumentation Technology), MCE, Hassan.