Date of Post: 9 Feb, 2019
Karnataka government was examining the viability of establishing Metro Rail projects in Mysuru, Mangaluru and Hubballi-Dharawad, said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy presenting his government’s second budget in the legislative assembly, on Friday.
- By adopting certain modifications in the Suburban Rail Policy-2018, suburban rail services in Bengaluru would be implemented at a total estimated cost of Rs 23,093 crore, by establishing a SPV called Bengaluru Rail Infrastructure Development Entity (B-RIDE) under State and Central Government partnership, he also announced.
- The CM said,”Generally, across the world, the Metro Rail System can be found in cities having more than 20 lakh population. This is economically useful also. However, certain demands have been received from Mysuru, Mangaluru and Hubballi- Dharawad to establish the Metro Rail System in these cities.”
- Presenting his government’s second budget in the legislative assembly, he said that in this background, they were examining the viability and pros and cons of establishing Metro Rail Project in these cities.
- The existing operationalised Bengaluru Metro has 42.3 KM network, carrying an average of 3.75 lakh passengers every day.
- He said, to reduce traffic congestion in Bengaluru, a design and action plan report would be prepared for Multi Modal Transport Hub at Hebbal, Byappannahalli, K.R.Puram, Kadugodi, Challaghatta and Peenya areas.
- There were plans to develop necessary infrastructure to provide seamless integration between Metro, Rail and TTMC at its strategically located transit infrastructure sites to facilitate Inter-Modal Integration design in Bengaluru, Kumaraswamy said.
- The CM also said that he intended to launch a comprehensive scheme for the mobility of Bengaluru.
- An important aspect of it was to decrease movement of private vehicles by concentrating on well established public transport, he added.
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