House panel to meet minister on railway projects

Speaking to reporters after the first meeting of the committee set up to monitor implementation of railway projects in Karnataka, Shankaramurthy said the delegation will inform the Union Minister that the government was ready to meet the cost of appointing a consultant for preparation of the project report for the commuter rail system in Bangalore.
The project could be undertaken later on PPP mode.

In a recent letter to Banerjee, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has stated that the objective of the commuter rail system is to disperse the habitation from densely-populated central city areas to destinations outside like Anekal, Malur, Devanahalli, Tumkur and Bidadi.

“The commuter rail system will be integrated into other Mass Rapid Transport System like Metro, Mono Rail, High Speed Rail System, Bus Rapid Transport System and would help in bringing people to the central business district in one hour”, Yeddyurappa stated in the letter, copies of which were released to the press on Thursday.

Infrastructure Principal Secretary V Madhu said the state seek eight new lines on a cost sharing basis.

These include Shimoga-Harihar (71 km); Whitefield-Kolar (62 km); Gadag-Haveri (80 km); Talaguppa-Honnavar (83 km); Dharwad-Belgaum (97 km), Bijapur- Shahabad (140 km); Hubli-Ankola (167 km) and Davangere - Tumkur (210 km). The State government was ready to bear 50 per cent of the project costs and also take the responsibility of acquiring and providing land for the new lines.

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