Sunday, July 14, 2024

Railways Plans 287 km Circular Rail Network on Outskirts of Bengaluru to Alleviate Traffic Woes

In a bid to address the escalating traffic issues in Bengaluru, the Ministry of Railways has put forth a proposal to establish a circular rail network spanning approximately 287 km on the city’s outskirts.

The envisioned network is designed to connect various key points around Bengaluru, including Nidvanda-Doddaballapur (40.9 km), Doddaballapur-Devanahalli (28.5 km), Devanahalli-Malur (46.5 km), Malur-Heelalige (52 km), Hejjala-Solur (43.5 km), Solur-Nidavanda (34.2 km), and Hejjala-Heelalagi (42 km).

Following a review meeting with department officials, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated, “The Union government has allocated ₹7 crore for a pre-feasibility study and an alignment study. Subsequent to that, a detailed project report (DPR) and spot survey will be conducted. While the suburban railway project is a joint venture between the Centre and the State, the circular railway and enhancements to all parts entering and leaving the city will be overseen by the Railway Ministry.”

“Bengaluru is a global city, and its development is being closely observed. We are planning for the city’s development over the next 40 to 50 years. The circular railway project, with a 287-km long network, envisions a ring railway system providing comprehensive connectivity to the city as it expands. The project is currently in the survey stage,” he elaborated.

Speaking about the progress of the suburban railway project, Vaishnaw emphasized its significance for Bengaluru. He assured that the funds for the project would be released by the end of the year and acknowledged the technical complexities, pledging to address them in collaboration with the State government.

Highlighting the commitment of the Union government to the project, Vaishnaw urged a collective effort to transcend political differences for the benefit of the people. He also provided updates on other railway projects in Bengaluru, including the quadrupling of the railway line between Bengaluru and Whitefield and the redevelopment of Yeshwantpur railway station, affirming their timely completion.

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