19 January, Bengaluru
The Railway Ministry proposes to take up a Sub-Urban transport service system under Transit Oriented Development Policy to ease traffic congestion in the city.
Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal was responding to an appeal made by his Cabinet Colleague Ananth Kumar during his surprise inspection at Kempegowda Sangoli Rayana Railway Station here on Thursday.
Mr Goyal said that a comprehensive plan has been developed with the help of M/s RITES duly taking the land maps from ISRO. The project envisages a Sub-Urban network of 160 Kms in which 50 per cent will be elevated network.
The Minister further highlighted that Railways is also developing major stations in and around Bengaluru with the help of Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) with provision of all modern amenities.
He said that due to acute problem of land in Bengaluru, elevated transport service is being contemplated. The system so conceived will be having inter-change and connectivity with bus and metro stations. Airport connectivity will also be provided. A modern, visionary and comprehensive transport plan will be made to provide the best and convenient transport mode to the people of Bengaluru.
Mr Goyal assured that the project will be implemented and taken to its logical conclusion if State Government agrees to provide 5 FSI under Transit Oriented Development so that Bengaluru suburban network can be completed with 50 per cent share from State Government and 50 per cent will be borne by the Railways.
He said that under suburban policy, States have to bear 80 per cent of cost but in this case Railway is ready for reducing the State Government share to 50 per cent.
The Ministersaid that along with Prime Minister’s vision of New India by 2022, the vision of new Bengaluru will also be fulfilled with successful completion of this project.
During his inspection, Mr Goyal also interacted with passengers and held meeting with the Railway Officers of Bengaluru Division of South Western Railway (SWR).