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Bengaluru, India (Urban Transport News): Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 20th June 2022 has laid the foundation stone for the much-anticipated 148.17-km Bengaluru Suburban Rail project. “There has been discussion from the 1980s to connect Bengaluru to sub-urban areas... 40 years were lost in discussion. In 40 months, we will try to fulfil your dreams. The project was stuck on files for 16 years," the prime minister said, after laying the foundation stone for the project.
“The suburban rail project will help increase the capacity of Bengaluru. If these projects were completed 40 years ago, pressure on Bengaluru would have reduced. But, it is in my destiny to complete it,” Modi said. “The rapid transit system along with the Ring Road project will have a multiplier effect,” the prime minister said, adding that these projects will “strengthen ease of living and doing business in Bengaluru”.
The Bengaluru Suburban Rail / Commuter Rail project aims to connect Bengaluru with its suburbs via a rail-based rapid-transit system that has been a dream of the state governments since 1983. The much-anticipated project is expected to be completed by 2026 at an estimated cost of Rs 15,767 crore, and has often been dubbed “India’s most integrated rail project”.
The Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project was first proposed by Southern Railway in 1983 and was estimated to be run across 58 km. The proposal was submitted as part of Karnataka’s first Transportation Survey commissioned by the then chief minister R Gundu Rao.
According to the latest detailed project report, the Bengaluru Suburban rail will span a total network of 148.17 km with 57 stations planned across four corridors in six directions of Bengaluru, which includes Kengeri (Mysuru side), Chikkabanavara (Tumakuru side), Rajanukunte (Doddaballapura side), Devanahalli (Kolar side), Whitefield (Bangarapet side), and Heelalige.
“Bengaluru would be developed into a mega city with all international level amenities. An efficient team of ministers and legislators is working with me for the development of Bengaluru. The best Bengaluru would be built with the most modern amenities,” said Bommai.
The Rail Infrastructure Development Company, Karnataka, (K-RIDE) which was formed as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and a joint venture of the government of Karnataka and the Ministry of Railways will implement the project.
The first civil contract of Bengaluru Suburban Rail is being evaluated by K-RIDE. Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) emerged as the lowest bidder for the construction of the 8.027 km elevated viaduct of Corridor 2 of the project. The EGIS-led consortium has been appointed as General Consultant for the Bengaluru Suburban Rail project.
Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for seven railway projects, five highway projects, 100 per cent electrification of the Konkan Railway and the development of a multi-modal logistics park, all worth Rs 28,000 crore at a public meeting at Kommaghatta.