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Posted: Dec 09 2014 (10:39)

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Dec 09 2014 (09:11)   Suburban rail network may resolve Bengaluru’s woes, says IISc study

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Best option compared to metro rail, monorail or high speed train as cost involved is lower'
The votaries for a suburban train system in Bengaluru have got a shot in the arm with the Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Transport Planning (CiSTUP), Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, presenting a paper saying that such a network can ease traffic congestion in the city.
This paper published in the proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) in November states that a suburban railway network connecting the city with the surrounding
towns of Mandya, Ramanagaram, Tumakuru, Doddballapur, Chikballapur, Malur, Bangarpet and Hosur is the most suitable alternative to address the 'disaster scenario' of traffic in the city.
Speaking to Mirror, CiSTUP ex-chairman Prof T G Sitharam says that if such a system is put in place, there will be a considerable decrease in the number of commuters who travel daily to Bengaluru on these routes.
The railway network improvement is the best suitable option compared to metro rail, monorail or high speed train as the cost involved is much lower, he says.
"The government should consider options like suburban rail, which require minimal intervention and use of existing facilities rather than building anything from scratch," he says.
However, Sitharam says just building the network is not enough, and regular service should be provided.
"To ensure the commuters adapt to the local trains, the railways should ensure that there is at least one train every 20 minutes during the peak hours. This should be coupled with multi-modular system with good feeder service. For the purpose, both the state government and railways need to work together," he says.
According to Sitharam, the current public transport system is unable to cope with the rate at which the population of Bengaluru is growing: a decadal growth of 46%. The number of vehicles has also grown 17 times in the last decade. Congestion on the road ultimately leads to longer travel time, which also impacts productivity.
"The international standard for commuting time is one hour. Yet in Bengaluru, that standard goes for a toss and standard travel time becomes three hours for most people," he says.
To address these issues, Sitharam states that "several measures were taken in Bengaluru like road widening, increasing frequency of public transport, construction of metro rail network. But, each of these options is laden with problems of cost, time taken for construction, nuisance to public during implementation, and shorter reach in terms of travel distance covered".
Therefore, along with Praja, an advocacy and research organisation working on urban issues, he initiated a collaborative research to study suburban rail as an efficient and affordable option for alleviating urban transport woes in Bengaluru. Based on the number of passengers travelling daily into the city, proximity to the city and future development potential, suburban towns like Mandya, Ramanagaram, Tumakuru, Dodballapur, Chikballapur, Malur, Bangarpet and Hosur were selected and connections to Bengaluru city were studied in detail.
Most of these towns are at a distance of 30-80 kms from the city. With low land prices in these areas, low and middle income groups tend to choose these locations as their places of residence. They travel to Bengaluru for work and form a sizeable chunk of the traffic flow in the city.
The researchers have been involved in the study since 2010.
Based on the recommendations of this study, the final report made by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) is an outcome of four years of data collection and negotiation with Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of Karnataka, Government of Karnataka (GoK), and the Central Railway ministry.
Sitharam says that the advantages of suburban railway network over other options should be given a thought and implemented on the ground.
"Taking this report beyond academics and to the Central Railway Ministry, and getting it on their agenda with support from the Government of Karnataka, would be the ultimate success of this research," he says.
3million USD per km in the case of suburban rail, compared to 60 million USD per km for metro rail, 20 million USD per km for monorail and 28 million USD per km for high speed trains. Moreover, as railway tracks already exist connecting these routes, the extra work needed -- doubling the lines, electrification where needed and additional platforms - is minimal and the system would take lesser time to implement.

Dec 09 2014 (10:39)
Why not three languages in Aadhar~   4284 blog posts   324 correct pred (68% accurate)
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This is it, wake up GoK. don't be partial with SWR and BMTC

Dec 09 2014 (11:45)
docdiablo23*^~   1117 blog posts   4790 correct pred (77% accurate)
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This situation reminds me of a message wherein one country spent billions to develop a pen which could write in decreased gravity, as in the moon, whereas another country just used a pencil.
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