Railways sanction Rs. 1500 crore of works for line capacity expansion in and around Bengaluru

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, March 21, 2018

Keeping in view the requirements of augmenting line capacity, especially to meet the requirements of suburban traffic, the Railway Ministry has sanctioned a Quadrupling Project, with a provision of two additional lines from Bengaluru Cantonment to Whitefield at a cost of Rs. 492.87 crore.
As a measure to ease the congestion, it has been decided to strengthen the busy section with two additional lines between Bengaluru and Whitefield, an official press release said.
This stretch of 25 km will involve six stations -Bengaluru Cantonment, Bengaluru East, Baiyyapannahalli, Krishnarajapuram, Hoodi and Whitefield. This will benefit 62,000 daily commuters in this section by making commuting within Bengaluru easy and faster, it said.
The project will be taken up immediately and is planned to be completed within a period of 2-3 years. It will be a boon for the local public of Bengaluru, specially belonging to the IT hub of Whitefield area, the release said.
Presently, 146 and 94 trains are running from Bengaluru and Yeshvantpur stations, respectively, out of which 122 are of suburban nature catering to commuters, it said.
A major portion of these suburban trains is running in Bengaluru-Whitefield section. In view of increasing commuter requirement, in last one and half year itself, 26 suburban services have been introduced along with seven long-distance trains in Bengaluru area. Recently also, four suburban services between KSR Bengaluru- Baiyyappanahalli and Baiyappanahalli- Bengaluru have been introduced. KSR Bengaluru-Whitefield railway line is now congested and its line capacity utilization has exceeded 100%, the release said.
The project of quadrupling between Bengaluru–Whitefield sanctioned during 1997-98, was pending due to issues of land cost/availability, etc.  Though MoUD subsequently recommended for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) of Krishnarajapuram and Whitefield stations involving the extension of Bengaluru Metro, it had been decided to drop the quadrupling project considering its non-viability. 
In the Budget 2018-19, the Ministry had also sanctioned doubling of track between Yeshvantpur– Baiyyappanahalli – Channasandra (21.70 km.) at a cost of Rs. 169.64 crore; doubling of track between Baiyyappanahalli–Hosur (48 km) at a cost of Rs 375.66 crore.
An amount of Rs. 15 crore approximately has also been sanctioned for de-bottlenecking works in the highly congested Bengaluru station to facilitate the introduction of more services.
The above are in addition to the recently completed works -- Doubling with Electrification of Yesvantpur–Yelahanka and Yelahanka–Channasandra sections at an approximate cost of Rs 250 crore and the major on-going work for the development of new Coaching Terminal at Baiyyappanahalli at a cost of Rs. 152 crore to de-congest the existing Terminals at Bengaluru and Yesvantpur.
"The Ministry has sanctioned works to the tune of nearly Rs. 1500 crore for line capacity expansion works in and around Bengaluru area over the last 2-3 years which will go a long way in enabling running of additional trains including suburban trains.
"These works have been sanctioned by the Ministry at its own cost without waiting for their proposal on cost sharing basis with the State Government.  Moreover, these works are in addition to the proposed Project of Suburban Railway System (including elevated corridors) for Bengaluru area at a total cost of Rs. 17,000 crore approximately on joint venture basis with Government of Karnataka (announced in Budget 2018-19)  for which discussions are already in progress," the release added.
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