Suburban rail route identified, DPR to be ready in five months

The South Western Railway said a detailed project report (DPR) for 161-km suburban railway network would be prepared in the next five months to build on the momentum gained in the Union budget.

Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Division, R S Saxena said it usually takes at least 10 months to prepare a DPR for such a huge project. “Recognising the importance of the project, funds have been sanctioned against the pre-feasibility study. We want to prepare a DPR in four or five months so that we can take up the work at the earliest,” he said.

The 161-km line also includes the 19-km quadrupling project between Cantonment and Whitefield, which the railways will take up on its own. The suburban rail network, proposed on the basis of a recent RITES survey, is 142.8 km in length, of which 72.47 km will be the elevated section.

SWR has identified nine major routes for the network which consists of circular, diagonal and radial connectivity. Nelamangala, Rajankunte, Kengeri, Devanahalli, Whitefield, Heelalige will connect to Yeshwantpur, Hebbal, Baiyappanahalli, Yelahanka, Cantonment and the epicentre at Majestic.

The civil work for the project, which includes some of the routes already taken up by the railways, is estimated to cost Rs 7,223 crore of which Rs 4,480 crore will go for the 72-km elevated stretch.

The railways have kept the land acquisition for the rail corridor at the minimum of 15 acres, which is estimated to cost Rs 1,200 crore. Additionally, the railways need 10 acres Binny Mill land for stabling lines and 75 acres on the outskirts of the city to establish a depot-cum-trip shed for electric trains.

Saxena noted that the railways have already sanctioned Rs 375 crore for doubling of the Baiyappanahalli-Hosur line, which connects major IT corridors. “This, combined with quadrupling of Cantonment-Whitefield line, will connect major IT corridors in the city,” he said.

Automatic signalling, which reduces overhead time and increases line capacity, and electrification of the tracks have been made salient features of the project.

With this, the railways have put the ball in the court of the state government. The state is yet to reply on the higher floor area ratio (FSI V) demanded by the railway minister. “Land acquisition will not be a hurdle. But sooner the land is given for our projects, the faster we will be able to complete the works,” an official noted.

The South Western Railway said a detailed project report (DPR) for 161-km suburban railway network would be prepared in the next five months to build on the momentum gained in the Union budget.

Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Division, R S Saxena said it usually takes at least 10 months to prepare a DPR for such a huge project. “Recognising the importance of the project, funds have been sanctioned against the pre-feasibility study. We want to prepare a DPR in four or five months so that we can take up the work at the earliest,” he said.

The 161-km line also includes the 19-km quadrupling project between Cantonment and Whitefield, which the railways will take up on its own. The suburban rail network, proposed on the basis of a recent RITES survey, is 142.8 km in length, of which 72.47 km will be the elevated section.

SWR has identified nine major routes for the network which consists of circular, diagonal and radial connectivity. Nelamangala, Rajankunte, Kengeri, Devanahalli, Whitefield, Heelalige will connect to Yeshwantpur, Hebbal, Baiyappanahalli, Yelahanka, Cantonment and the epicentre at Majestic.

The civil work for the project, which includes some of the routes already taken up by the railways, is estimated to cost Rs 7,223 crore of which Rs 4,480 crore will go for the 72-km elevated stretch.

The railways have kept the land acquisition for the rail corridor at the minimum of 15 acres, which is estimated to cost Rs 1,200 crore. Additionally, the railways need 10 acres Binny Mill land for stabling lines and 75 acres on the outskirts of the city to establish a depot-cum-trip shed for electric trains.

Saxena noted that the railways have already sanctioned Rs 375 crore for doubling of the Baiyappanahalli-Hosur line, which connects major IT corridors. “This, combined with quadrupling of Cantonment-Whitefield line, will connect major IT corridors in the city,” he said.

Automatic signalling, which reduces overhead time and increases line capacity, and electrification of the tracks have been made salient features of the project.

With this, the railways have put the ball in the court of the state government. The state is yet to reply on the higher floor area ratio (FSI V) demanded by the railway minister. “Land acquisition will not be a hurdle. But sooner the land is given for our projects, the faster we will be able to complete the works,” an official noted.

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