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Bangalore CRS, with 10 routes totalling 204.0 km, was proposed in a transport survey carried out in 2007, in three phases. The recommended routes are:

Kengeri - Banglore City Station (13.0 km)
Bangalore City Station - Whitefield (24.0 km)
Bangalore City Station – Baiyyappanahalli Via Lottegollahalli (23.0 km)
Lottegollahalli to Yelahanka (7.0 km)
Banaswadi up to BMA Boundary (29.0 km)
Kengeri- BMA Boundary (9.0 km)
Yeshwantpur to BMA Boundary (14.0 km)
BMA Boundary – Hosur (12.0 km)
BMA Boundary- Ramanagaram (23.0 km)
BMA Boundary to Tumkur (50.0 km)

Total 204.0 km

Operation
Began operation Phase I: 2012 Expected
Operator(s) South Western Railway (SWR)
Technical
System length 204.0 kilometers (127 mi)
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Karnataka keen on commuter rail system for Bangalore

The Karnataka government has commenced discussions with the Ministry of Railways for implementing a commuter rail system to link the metro and the monorail with urban towns situated up to a distance of 50 km from Bangalore.

The State capital will be linked with Anekal, Hosur, Hebbal, Yelahanka, Devanahalli, Doddaballapur, Kengeri, Bidadi, Ramanagaram, Krishnarajapuram, Whitefield, Malur, Bangarpet, Nelamangala, Tumkur and other areas, which form part of the railway network of South Western Railway.

The common push-pull trains will be operated in all these sectors on rail tracks dedicated to the commuter rail system.

Sources in the State government told The Hindu that Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath, along with Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development and Revenue, V. Madhu will make a detailed presentation on the project to top officials of the Railway Ministry, including the chairman of the Railway Board, and the Planning Commission shortly.

The Karnataka government is keen that either permission be granted to enable it to independently undertake the project or the Railways undertake the project with the participation of the State government.

Under the commuter rail system, people residing in the urban towns adjoining Bangalore can reach their workplaces in any part of the city within an hour. The system will terminate at metro or monorail hubs and passengers alighting at these stations will have to travel by metro or monorail.

Optimum use of tracks

The Railways has reportedly conveyed that the present rail tracks in all these sectors are now being put to optimum use and that dedicated tracks have to be laid for the new project. The State government has agreed to acquire nearly 1,000 acres along the present rail lines which should suffice for laying two additional lines of a length of 204 km.

Within the Bangalore Metropolitan Regional Authority, approximately 120 km of rail system of the Indian Railways exists basically for long distance passenger and goods trains. This system currently is not being utilised for intra-urban movement within the BMA. According to the State government, the total cost of the commuter rail system has been estimated at around Rs. 4,000 crore and the State government will also share the cost, if need be.
Bangalore does not get commuter rail again

The demand should have been considered'

‘Novel features will make services contemporary'

BANGALORE: The Railway Budget 2011-12 presented by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee may have won many bouquets for its munificence on Karnataka, but the absence of any reference to the State's demand for commuter rail system has come in for criticism.

Though the State had been fervently seeking a commuter rail system for Bangalore to complement other modes of public transport such as the bus and Metro, the Railway Ministry's failure to include the proposal in the budget has come as a disappointment to not only the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCIC) but also the Citizens Action Forum.

While the Minister announced the setting up of a special purpose vehicle for commuter rail to Kolkata, which had a Metro service operated by the Railways, no similar gesture was shown to Bangalore. This is despite the State Government promising to share the cost or arrange a public-private partnership for the initiative.

In a statement, N. Mukund from the Citizens Action Forum said the demand for commuter rail for Bangalore should have been considered on the lines of MRVC of Mumbai. The fact that Ms. Banerjee did not visit Karnataka since she became the Railway Minister could have prevented her from sensing the actual requirements of the State, he quipped.

Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) welcomed the budget and said some novel features had been announced to initiate reforms and modernisation to make railway services more contemporary. The chamber appreciated the Minister for providing the highest outlay of Rs. 57,630 crore which, it feels, will make most of the proposals a reality. The chamber also congratulated the Minister for introducing several new trains for Karnataka, according to a release.

The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has criticised the Railway Budget for “ignoring” Karnataka. “It appears Karnataka does not exist on the map of India for the UPA Government,” Mr. Kumaraswamy said in a statement.

C. Sunish, General Secretary of South Western Railway Zone's All India Loco Running Staff Association, regretted the silence of the budget on relieving the human element from stress and strain of overworking. While the worldwide working hours for railway pilots are kept at 36 hours a week or six hours a day, in India, the railway pilots are forced to work at least 10 hours a day, he regretted.

He also criticised the Minister's hesitation to increase the passenger fares commensurate with diesel price hike. While concessions had to be limited, the budget expanded the scope of concessions, he rued. Reduction in ticket booking charges will affect revenues, he said.
Namma Railu - A Praja campaign for Bangalore commuter rail services

This is a work-group to lobby and campaign for commuter railway service (CRS) for Bangalore.

Namma Railu

Do you mean a suburban train network for Bengaluru?
A great hope for Bengaluru suburban train
Finally, there are some sensible people who want the commuter rail system in Bangalore....

One of the thread member was rejoicing for CG not annoucing commuter rail to Bangalore - pathetic.
Well, I would prefer if the CRS is built by BMRCL or a new corporation established for it than Indian Railways. Let IR spare Blr at least. :|
He's banned. Incidentally this thread came up pretty soon after that.
Finally, there are some sensible people who want the commuter rail system in Bangalore....

One of the thread member was rejoicing for CG not annoucing commuter rail to Bangalore - pathetic.
Yup, that would be good, but we need commuter rail services - like Chennai / Mumbai.
Well, I would prefer if the CRS is built by BMRCL or a new corporation established for it than Indian Railways. Let IR spare Blr at least. :|
^^ Yea, I understand. But my point is if you depend on IR, I'd take a century to get the ones like Mumbai/chennai. Their standard construction speed is a decade for 10km line if not more. :D

Why cant BMRCL build commuter rail service or the govt establish a new corportation for CRS and go ahead?
Karnataka's politicians are more happy fighting each other. if they plan also the completion period will take another 15-20 years for them by that time other problems will arise :bash:
Bengaluru must start intruduction of EMU service as soon as possible. It is very dense city now.
Wow, an group lobbying for good??
First time i am hearing in India..
Namma Railu - A Praja campaign for Bangalore commuter rail services

This is a work-group to lobby and campaign for commuter railway service (CRS) for Bangalore.

Namma Railu

Why cant indeed!!! It is important to ask for an SPV on the lines of MRVC of Mumbai & KRVC of Kolkata. Do read up about them if you get a chance. Heck asking for a train to stop at one station takes rail roko, forget about asking for a system train by train, route by route. Ask for govt to setup an SPV to execute this system.

MMTS RTI has shown that the system of approx 120 services a day is carrying 1.5 lakhs people/day and is growing very fast. When it started people were skeptical if it will even carry 20k people. It was up in no time, while people are still talking about metro for Hyderabad. HYD is already using some better coaches, with BEML getting into making coaches its a matter of time before quality coaches become affordable.

DO you live in the suburbs or within a few sq km of an IR line? Tell your local community about getting fast access across Bangalore using hourly trains. Talk to them about commuter rail.
Why cant BMRCL build commuter rail service or the govt establish a new corportation for CRS and go ahead?
Around 150 Km. from a main city is acceptable for introducing a suburban rail system. Kolkata has the largest but Hyderabad has the smallest. Mumbai is the busiest but Delhi is the least busy. How will the the future suburban train network of Bengaluru.
^^ Hyderabad MMTS Phase-II over 106 km :cheers:
Its long pending demand for Bangalore

Do you mean a suburban train network for Bengaluru?
As citizens of Bangalore, we should ask the authorites & so called elected MP's / MLA's why they r keeping mum on the EMU / Commuter Rail services for Bangalore & its suburbs.

In fact many meeting held betn State & Railways over the last two yrs, its lack of political will does not existsm hence the project not approved.
Way WB state did for CPM, Karnataka people should not elect the so called existing politicans as they r busy in fighting each other & oulling others.

With ever increasing Petro prices, public will slowly shift to mass transport like Commuter Rail, METRO, BMTC buses, so public should unit and demand strongly for commuter rail.
Commuter rail more economically viable than the rapid-transit metro network'

Commuter rail more economically viable than the rapid-transit metro network'

‘Bangalore needs an integrated, multi-modal traffic management system'

Bangalore: Bangalore's notorious traffic woes might be solved in large part by a robust commuter rail network, Chairman of the Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) T.G. Sitharam believes.

“Commuter rails are designed to carry more people and they are more economically viable than the rapid-transit metro network now under construction,” he said. “But we need all of them. The city needs an integrated, multi-modal traffic management system that takes into account all modes of transport from public transport and trucks to cyclists and walkers.”

Mr. Sitharam was speaking at a symposium on “Smart mobility and energy concepts in megacities,” organised by CiSTUP and the German National Academy of Science and Engineering on Thursday.

“Today transport policies are driven by the need to meet immediate demands by creating additional infrastructure. So we have road widening projects and underpasses and flyovers being constructed in a haphazard way.”

The city needs an “integrated metropolitan land transport authority” that looks at creating a strategic master-plan for transport taking into account various aspects, such as industry location and agriculture policy, Mr. Sitharam said in his lecture on “Advances towards small cities — an Indian perspective.”

Mobility needs

Mr. Sitharam added that a non-motorised transport policy was also essential to take care of urban mobility needs, as is the dissemination of real-time traffic information to the public to help ease congestion on the roads.

There are some elements in the transport system that work in the city's favour. The foremost among these is the public bus transport network: 7,000 odd BMTC buses ferry 4.2 million people — i.e. half the population of the city — everyday. “It is one of the few public sector undertakings in the city that is making a profit.”

He added that the city would benefit from institutions that analyse the existing transport systems politically, economically and technically. “Today we have no studies to establish the success or failure of projects.”

http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/20/stories/2011052052890900.htm
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