Published On:September 14 2019
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Team of 80 will lay suburban rail track.

A team of about 80 experts will be in charge of executing the ₹16,100-crore suburban rail project for Bengaluru. The state-owned Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprises (K-RIDE) is tasked with the duty of setting up the team.

“We will have a team, similar to the (Namma) metro, and are in the process of recruiting about 80 people from fields such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, signalling, safety, human resource, finance, etc,” Amit Garg, an IRS officer in charge of implementing the project, told ET.

Meanwhile, K-RIDE expects administrative approvals from two central government agencies in the next two months. Sources in south Western Railway said that the Railway Board could clear the project by the end of the month. Approvals from the ministry of finance could come by October.

The state government has already agreed to share 20% of the project cost. While the central government is expected to pitch in with 20%, 60% of the project cost would have to be raised from international lenders. K-RIDE is hoping to raise funds from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) or Asian Development Bank (ADB), it’s learnt.

“The suburban rail project is as big as the metro. We will float bids only after raising funds. There is also a need for preparing a detailed design as the project involves some complicated structures,” a senior railway official said. “Since there is consensus and positive response both at the state and central government levels, it will not take much time to complete the procedures,” he added.

As per the latest project report, the 148-km suburban railway corridor will have 63 stations that crisscross four regions of the city. Of them, 22 stations will be at an elevated level while the remaining will be at ground level. The project, which requires about 100 acres of land, is expected to benefit about 9.84 lakh people a day by 2025.

Sanjeev Dyamannavar, an advocate of the suburban rail project, urged the Railways to introduce additional services until the project is implemented. “Some critical projects should be taken up on a war footing so that more trains can be operated on a regular basis. Automatic block signalling on all railway lines, completing the Baiyappanahalli third coaching terminal and introducing more MEMU (electric) trains will help Railways run more services,” he said.

Some projects should be taken up on a war footing so that more can be operated on a regular basis, says Sanjeev Dyamannavar

The project is as big as the metro. There is a need for preparing a detailed design as the project involves some complicated structures, said a senior railway official.


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