TRS MP and its Parliamentary Party Leader, A P Jithender Reddy, here on Wednesday, said that the work on the Hyderabad-Mahbubnagar Railway Line Doubling project and electrification at a cost of Rs 774 crore would begin on March 25.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu would lay the foundation stone for the project by remote control from Hyderabad.
Disclosing this to the media, Jithender Reddy said on Wednesday that the doubling work could be extended up to Benguluru later. Work on the present stretch would be completed in two-and-a-half years.
Yes it is just laying foundation.
BENGALURU: Over the last decade, though budgetary allocations have been made for suburban rail in the city every year, nothing much changed in reality. However, there appears a sliver of hope this time, with the South Western Railway saying some basic work can begin soon.
The only thing that differentiates this year's budgetary allocation from the past is that it's coming in the backdrop of an MoU entered into by the state government and the Railways in January, detailing the project.
However, experts feel that it is highly unlikely for the Railways to
FOR BETTER CONNECTIVITY
* According to a RITES study, the suburban railway system will connect places within Bengaluru and its suburbs (between 30 and 100km from city)
* Estimated to ferry 25 lakh people by 2030
* At present SWR ferries 1.5 lakh people around Bengaluru
This is must to de-congest roads and traffic on small roads.
The 2017-18 budget lays focus on improving road network, giving fillip to public transport and pedestrian safety facilities in Bengaluru.
The budget has earmarked ₹ 345 crore for implementation of Phase – I of suburban rail and has announced the addition of 3000 new buses to BMTC. Out of the 3000 buses, 1500 new buses will be purchased by BMTC through loans to be repaid by the state government and the remaining 1500 buses will be procured on a lease basis. The budget has also announced 150 electric buses and introduction of cycle as a means of transport in the city soon. The government has announced that it intends to make Bengaluru the electric vehicle capital in the country.
The budget has earmarked ₹ 345 crore for implementation of Phase – I of suburban rail
Now we can expect some concrete steps towards introduction of suburban trains in Bengaluru
Last year also 200 crore was earmarked for Bangalore suburban railways which was not utilized. First GoK and IR need come to a consensus on on cost-sharing.The State has requested a 50:50 cost-sharing ratio for the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which will co-ordinate the execution of the suburban rail project. In its draft policy, the Ministry has proposed equity sharing of 20 per cent by both Union and State governments with the remaining 60 per cent to be arranged by loan funds or other sources.