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Railway Minister Goyal reviews progress of Bengaluru suburban railway project

New Delhi: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday reviewed progress of Bengaluru Suburban Railway Project (BSRP) and said it should be planned in a futuristic manner to incorporate the growing needs of the city.

Noting that the suburban project should be based on Make In India policy and boost Atma Nirbhar Bharat mission, the Minister said that once completed, the project will ease traffic congestion, enhance rural-urban connectivity and provide a cleaner mobility solution to lakhs of daily commuters.

The meeting was attended by Senior officials of Railway Board and Government of Karnataka.

It will provide an economic, efficient and eco-friendly transit alternative to the Garden City of Bengaluru. It will alleviate the massive transport problem of Bengaluru and link all parts of the city in a seamless fashion. By providing rapid connectivity to Bangalore International Airport, IT Hubs and the Commercial centres, the rail-based network will boost productivity and growth by reducing commuting time.

The project envisages construction of 4 Suburban Rail Corridors with a total route length of 148.17 kms. The project will be implemented by Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited (KRIDE), a Joint Venture company set up by Ministry of Railways with Government of Karnataka as a special purpose vehicle. The project is proposed to be completed in 6 years at an estimated cost of Rs 15,767 crores.

The project envisions creation of a dedicated Suburban Railway system in Bengaluru city to provide a safe, accessible and comfortable mode of public transport, integrating multiple modes of transport like the Metro, Railways and bus transport by constructing interchange hubs.

The Centre had approved the Ministry of Railways’ proposal for construction of BSRP in Bangalore City in the month of October 2020. The project is expected to be completed by 2026.

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