Modified commuter train system for city approved

Modified commuter train system for city approved

Submitted by Subeditor on Wed, 2016-02-03 22:39 Bengaluru: The two-decade-old proposal of a commuter train system for Bengaluru is being revived once more.Bengaluru Development incharge minister KJ George said the state government has approved the modified commuter train proposal.Speaking at an interactive programme organised by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation on Wednesday, George said as per the modified plan, commuter train will connect major metro stations instead of nearby cities.“For example, Bengaluru-Mandya commuter train will start from Mandya city and end at Kengeri Metro station. Tumakuru-Bengaluru commuter train will start at Tumukuru city and end at Yesvantpur Metro station. Whitefield- Bengaluru commuter train will start at Whitefiled and terminate at Baiyappanahalli metro station,” explained the minister.George said cost of the project as envisaged earlier was estimated at Rs9,000 crores but as per the modified plan, the project is estimated to cost Rs1,000 crores.Later, Union chemical and fertilizers minister Ananth Kumar said the Centre would announce the project in the railway budget. “I spoke about the commuter train project in 1996. Even after two decades we failed to implement,” he said.Bengaluru Development incharge minister KJ George also informed the gathering that Metro service between Mysore Road and MG Road will be thrown open for public from March. “Trail run has already started. We are waiting for the safety approval,” he said.