BSY inspects sub-urban railway project

BSY inspects sub-urban railway project

Bengaluru, The chief minister B.S.Yediyurappa inspected the progress of Bengaluru Sub-urban Railway Project and Railway doubling Project by traveling between Bengaluru Cantonment to Heelalige. 

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Yediyurappa said that, the suburban railway project helps the commuters in suburban areas of the city and also to travel to International Airport. It will also contribute to reducing traffic congestion in the city. Similarly, the railway doubling project will help in the operation of more trains from Bengaluru, he said.  

Bengaluru Sub-urban railway project is being implemented at an estimated cost of Rs. 15,767 Crore. The project cost will be shared on a 20:20:60 basis (Government of Karnataka: Ministry of Railways: External Funding). The government of Karnataka has released Rs. 400 crores towards its contribution for this project during 2020 2021, Chief Minister explained.  

The project is being executed by K-RIDE, the Joint Venture of the State government and the Ministry of Railways. BSRP comprises 04 corridors with a route length of 148 Kms. They are KSR Bangalore City – Devanahalli (Bangalore International Airport also) (41.40 Km), Baiyyapanahalli – Chikkabanavara (25 Km), Kengeri – Whitefield (35.52 Km), Heelalige (Chandapura)– Rajankunte (46.24 Km), 

Among the 04 corridors, the work of Corridor – 2 (Baiyyappanahalli-Chikkabanavara) and Corridor – 4 (Heelalige (Chandapura)-Rajankunte) will be taken up at the first stage. 

Doubling projects: Single line between Yeshvantpur -Channasandra section and Baiyyappanahalli – Hosur was a major constraint for operating more trains from Bangalore to its outskirts. Therefore these 2 doubling Projects were sanctioned in 2018-19 with  

50-50 cost-sharing between the state government and the Ministry of Railways. K-RIDE, is executing these doubling projects. The 48 km long Baiyappanahalli-Hosur railway doubling project is being implemented at an estimated cost of Rs. 499 crore. The State will bear Rs. 250 crore. During 2020-21, State Government has released Rs. 65 crore for this project. 

This project began in October 2020 and is expected to complete by December 2023. The tender process is in progress and at present earthwork, the extension of major bridges and minor bridges is in progress. The 22 km long Yeshvanthpur – Channasandra railway doubling project is taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 315 crore. The State Government will bear Rs. 157 crore. 

During 2020-21 Rs. 35 crore is released. The work on the project has commenced in October 2020 and it is planned to be completed by December 2023. All major tenders pertaining to the project like, Civil works, S&T works have been awarded. At present earthwork is in progress. 

On completion of these 2 doubling projects, additional train services can be operated from Yesvantpur/Bengaluru city Railway stations. The government of India has also given thrust to these projects. The CM directed the officials to complete the works in a time-bound manner.