New Delhi (Urban Transport News): The Central Government Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today given its approval to Rs 15,990 crores Suburban Rail project in Bengaluru, India. The decision to provide an initial fund of Rs 20,000 crore to the project taken in a virtual conference. The information shared by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal during a media briefing on Cabinet decisions.
The decision of the cabinet will help the Bengaluru suburban rail project to cater to the rising demand of daily commuters putting pressure on the local transport system in the city.
The Bengaluru suburban rail project was announced by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2020-21 and during the announcement, Finance Minister had said that the fare of the upcoming suburban transport system would be in sync with the metro rail fare.
The proposed Bengaluru Suburban Rail will span with a 148.17 km network and will have 57 stations. The suburban rail line will consist of four lines viz. Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna/Bengaluru City-Kempe Gowda International Airport, Baiyappanahalli-Yesvantpur, Kengeri-Whitefield, and Hellalige-Rajanakunte.
The Railway Board has already cleared the Bengaluru suburban rail project on 5th November 2019 and sent the proposal to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
According to the detailed project report (DPR) prepared by RITES, the suburban rail network will be linked to around 10 metro stations of the Bangalore Metro Rail project in the city. The Bengaluru Suburban Rail project is expected to complete by 2025.
For more details about the project, please explore the Bengaluru Suburban Rail page of Urban Transport News.