Bengaluru (Urban Transport News): Railway consultancy firm, RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service) have proposed to link the KSR Bengaluru city station and Kempegowda international airport with a dedicated sub urban rail network. The revised detailed project report (DPR) of Bengaluru Suburban Rail project has been submitted to Indian Railways.
The four corridors identified are: KSR Bengaluru city –Devanahalli, Chikkabanavara –yeshwantpur –Byappanahalli, Heelalige -yelahanka –Rajanukunte and Kengeri –KSR Bengaluru –White field. According to Railway sources, the numbers of sub urban station have been reduced to 53 against 82 proposed. The total sun urban network has also been reduced to 161 km-147 km. The estimated cost is about Rs 16,000 crore, about Rs 3000 crore less compared to the earlier proposal.
Citing a letter from the Prime Minister's office, the railway board in April asked K-RIDE, a nodal agency for the project to restructure the proposal and revise detailed project report (DPR) prepared by RITES. The letter had stated that the number of suburban stations within the city should be reduced. The passengers from the KSR bengaluru city –KIA is likely to benefit. The centre has received a message that Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) is developing the link between Central Silk Board Junction to Devanhalli via outer ring road, serving the population of east and south sector of Bengaluru.
However, the western, north western and central parts of the city don’t have a direct connection to the airport via mass public transportation system. While the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) already promised that the airport boundary will be build by them and would offer shuttle service to the passengers. In 2008, the state government had proposed a high speed rail link from MG road to KIA that promised to cover 33 km in 25 minutes but the project was in cold storage due to high cost and land acquisition issues.