With the suburban train services resumed up to Arakkonam and Tiruttani, passengers demanded to reintroduce MEMU and passenger services in Arakkonam-Katpadi sections.
In a big relief for those who want to commute in and around Bengaluru, South Western Railway will soon run six pairs of suburban trains.
For the suburban rail project, the cost would have been only Rs 1.33 lakh crore and Rs 120 crore towards land acquisition per km.
Sources hinted that the state is looking to raise loans at an interest rate of 1.4% for a period of 30 years with repayment starting in 2029.
As the network is being planned with better trains, the fares will be higher than the Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata suburban trains.
The project has been okayed by the Cabinet but no official announcement can be made in line with the Election Commission directive, stated multiple railway sources.
MP Mohan confirms it is through; project will connect city to KIA
Its office is also being shifted from Cunningham Road to a more spacious one at Yeshwantpur.
Rail is a cost-effective means of travel for a city where traffic is the problem,” he said, pointing out that he had spent Rs 2.76 crore MPLAD funds for Hoodi Railway Station.
The report will have to be approved by the expenditure section of the ministry and then sent for clearance to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
One is to carry out a survey in and around Bengaluru for the over 600 acres of land estimated for putting in place the project.
The finance minister also dismissed reports of just Rs 1 crore allocation to the long-pending project for 2020-21 period.
Police officials were busy making notes on the latest CCTV and surveillance technology.
However, senior railway officials with a lot of expertise in rail infrastructure believe that the project would take a minimum of 10 years to be in place.
A seven-storeyed station building is also in the offing, which will serve as office space for operating staff as well as a ticketing office, the CAO said.