BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said the foundation stone for the suburban rail project will be laid by May. Speaking at a function to launch railway projects at Yesvantpur railway station, the CM said, “This is what Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told me when I asked him about the suburban rail for Bengaluru.”
On February 16, the state cabinet had okayed the detailed project report prepared by consultancy firm Rail India Technical and Economic Service for 440 km of the suburban rail project and allocated Rs 345 crore for the first phase.
The event was however interrupted with chants of ‘Beku Beku, Chikku Buku Beku’ by the activist group Citizens for Bengaluru. Each speaker was interrupted by the nearly 20-member group.
One of the placards held by a protester highlighted the lack of funding from the Centre in this year’s Union budget for a suburban rail service for the city. It listed that Mumbai got Rs 411 crore in the budget, Chennai got Rs 14 crore, Hyderabad-Rs 116 crore, and Lucknow Rs 10 crore while Bengaluru got zero contribution.