'B'lore Rail Vikas Corporation on Cards’
“We are exploring the feasibility of setting up of Bangalore Rail Vikas Corporation on the lines of Maharashtra Rail Vikas Corporation to implement the proposed commuter rail project in the city,” Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said on Saturday.
After flagging off the Bangalore-Nagercoil Daily Express and Yeshwantpur-Kamakhya Weekly Express here, Kharge said the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) has already prepared a project report for the commuter rail system in the city to provide rail connectivity to important areas of the city.
“However, RITES has not gone into the financial aspects of implementing such a project. I have discussed these with the Railway Board and we are working on establishing a separate corporation for the implementation of the project,” he added.
Kharge said around `10,000 crore would be required for the project in the city as proposed by the RITES.
He claimed that the state government is keen on implementing the project and asked agencies concerned to come up with measures to ensure that the project is sustainable.
The Minister said 10 new trains, including Yeshwantpur-Mangalore Weekly Express, Bangalore City-Tumkur Express, Yeshwantpur-Bidar Express, Hubli-Secunderabad Express and Yeshwantpur-Chandigarh Express, were introduced in the state after he took over the Railway Ministry.
“The railways used to allocate around `350 crore every year for the ongoing projects in the state. This year we managed to allocate around `750 crore by making additional grants for the state in the supplementary budget and the state government has released `341 crore for the cost sharing projects, helping railways to expedite many works and complete a few of them,” Kharge said.
Kharge directed the railway officials to make provisions for establishing waiting rooms in Banaswadi Railway Station. Home Minister K J George requested Kharge to provide better amenities at Banaswadi Railway Station.