Bangalore Commuter Rail - History - Background

Background

Suburban rail was first proposed for Bangalore in 2007. The proposal called for 10 routes totalling 204.0 km. According to Rail Indian Technical and Economic Services (RITES), commuter rail costs less than rapid transit systems. It costs between 15 crore and Rs 20 crore per kilometre for a commuter rail system while metro rail would cost 250 crore and monorail 175 crore per km. Other advantages are that suburban trains can be run on existing tracks and do not require too many new tracks, the occupancy rate can be increased by adding coaches and adopting dedicated train paths, and the project can taken up in phases depending on areas, density of commuters, and other issues.

In November 2011, Rail Indian Technical and Economic Services (RITES) conducted a feasibility study for a suburban rail service in Bangalore and submitted the report to the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in June 2012. The report suggests implementation of suburban commuter rail service in stages but is not clear about the investment model. DULT asked RITES to make some modifications to the draft report. The final report was submitted in November 2012. The 179-page report proposed 3 long routes and 4 long distance routes making up a total rail network of 440.8 km. The 3 long routes are Bangalore-Mandya (92.88 km), Bangalore-Bangarpet (70.21 km), and Bangalore-Tumkur (64 km). The 4 long distance routes are Yeshwantpur- Yelahanka (12.45 km), Yelahanka-Baiyappanahalli (19.23 km), Yeshwantpur-Baiyappanahalli (16.12 km) and Yelahanka-Doddaballapur (20.72 km).

However, in Phase-2 of the project, doubling of all lines will take place and electrification is proposed. Operations could begin in 2014 pending final approval of the State government and the Railway Board.

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