Bengaluru Airport To Be Connected With Suburban Rail Network
Soon, commuters from around the city will be able to take a local train to Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport. The Centre and the Karnataka government have already approved the project to link Bengaluru city with the suburban rail network, from Devanahalli and the city airport. Railway officials have also submitted a fresh feasibility report with an intention to keep the cost of infrastructure low.
In the revised feasibility report, the number of stations have been reduced to 62 instead of 86 as per the changes suggested by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The suburban network will have a length of 148 km. The total cost has been brought down to Rs 14,000 crore from the earlier Rs 19,000 crore.
According to media reports, the PMO has directed the railway officials to reduce the requirement of land to save the overall cost and boost connectivity for people commuting from outside the city rather than the core areas.
KSR Bengaluru to Devanahalli
Baiyappanahalli to Chikkabanavara
Kengeri to Cantonment
Cantonment to Whitefield
Heelalige to Rajanunkunte
There is an existing suburban network connectivity between Yeswanthpura and Devanahalli which brushes the airport wall, but does not have a stoppage. These tracks can be upgraded to enable the trains to move at a speed of 100-110 km per hour. Also, there is ample land along the route which means stations could be upgraded for better utility.
The special project vehicle named B-RIDE (Bangalore Integrated Rain Infra Development Enterprise Limited) is already registered which will be a joint venture between the state and the Centre. The project will be put on fast track as soon as the feasibility report gets approved. Officials say the project could be completed in six months.