The much-delayed Bengaluru suburban rail project is likely to see the light of the day with RITES, a government agency that undertakes rail-related feasibility studies, on Monday submitting a revised project report.
According to railway sources, the number of suburban stations have been reduced to 53 in the revised report as against 82 stations that were initially proposed.
Earlier, the suburban rail project proposed four corridors Kengeri-Whitefield (35km), KSR Bengaluru City - Rajanukunte (27km), Nelamangala- Byappanahalli (39km) and Heelalige-Devanahalli (60km). However, the new DPR reduced several stations along the Nelamangala- Byappanahalli (39km) stretch. The estimated cost is about Rs. 16,000 crore, about Rs. 3,000 crore less compared to the earlier proposal.
Citing a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office, the railway board in April this year had asked K-RIDE, the nodal agency for the project, to re-structure the proposal and revise the DPR prepared by RITES.
“Suburban lines should not compete with Metro. They should be planned to bring people from/to suburban areas of the city and for its development as nodal centres,” the board said. The letter had stated that a number of suburban stations within the city should be reduced.
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