Cost, viability nix rail link to BIAL

The proposed High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) between the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) and the city has been scrapped.

Bangalore in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy on Friday said the central government had done it keeping in mind its viability and cost.

“Namma Metro will be extended to BIA,” he said, during an inspection of ongoing works on the underground corridor. He was accompanied by food & civil supplies minister Dinesh Gundu Rao and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar.

While Gundu Rao said HSRL wasn’t practical, Ananth Kumar said it was not cost-effective. Experts felt it wasn’t a good idea to invest so much money on a project that would benefit only a section of passengers.

The proposed Metro link will take passengers from the city to BIA in 44 minutes.

Full report here Times of India 


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