Time ripe for suburban rail in Bangalore

“The time is right for a suburban rail network for the city by making use of the existing lines. This can be put in place in about three years and will be a boon for the city,” said T.G. Sitharam, chairperson of Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Indian Institute of Science (IISc.).

Speaking at a workshop on ‘Urban Transport-mobility strategies for Bangalore’, organised by the State Institute for Urban Development (SIUD), here on Tuesday, he said: “We need to take this on a fast forward mode. The government has proposed to set up the Bangalore Suburban Rail Corporation Ltd. and the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) is working on the detailed project report. The whole project will cost around Rs. 900 crore.”

Prof. Sitharam said that the suburban trains needn’t have too many bogies. “Just four compartments may be sufficient. These bogies can be airconditioned and provided with Internet facility so that more number of people will be attracted to use this network.”

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