Early approval sought for Rs 17,000 crore Bengaluru suburban rail project

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Mr. P C Mohan, Member of Parliament representing Bangalore Central met Union Railway Minister Mr. Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Railways Mr. Suresh Angadi in New Delhi on Thursday and sought early approval of the Rs 17,000 crore suburban rail project for Bengaluru city.

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  • The Karnataka government has submitted a revised detailed project report (DPR) that proposes around 55-odd suburban railway stations covering a distance of about 150 km.
  • “The current government has submitted a revised DPR and hopefully it should be cleared in the forthcoming Railway Board meeting on Monday,” said Mr. Mohan.
  • After the approval of the DPR, Minister of State for Railways Mr. Suresh Angadi and the Railway Board chairman are expected to discuss about the proposed project with the state government officials on November 5, he added.
  • Besides, the state BJP MPs plan to meet Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during the winter session of Parliament and make representation in this regard.
  • Stating that the proposed project is need of the hour, Mr. Mohan said that the transportation has become the biggest concern in the state capital where roads are jammed and travel time is absurdly high.
  • He further said that the revised DPR has been prepared by the state-owned consultancy firm RITES following direction from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
  • The state government has proposed to execute the work through the Rail lnfrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Ltd (K-RIDE) and a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has to be formed to implement the project, he added.

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