Suburban trains to take the tracks soon in Tumakuru

Project gets budgetary allocation of Rs 900 crore

 The rail budget presented by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu for 2016-17 has announced suburban rail service for Kalpataru Nadu, which is developing into a new industrial hub in the State.

The suburban rail service would ease the problems of lakhs of rail commuters between the suburban areas, including Tumakuru, and Bengaluru.

 In fact the then Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda, two years back, had announced DEMU service. The suburban rail, on the lines of Mumbai, is an improved version of it.
Under the new project, EMU rail service will be launched meaning the line between Tumakuru and Bengaluru will be converted into electrical line.

At present, there is an electric traction upto Banawar. The electrification of the rest of the  stretch will be implemented in three phases, the Railway minister announced.

The suburban rail service will be implemented, in a phased manner, between Bengaluru and Tumakuru, Bengaluru-Chikkaballapur, Bengaluru-Bangarpet and Bengaluru-Mandya.
The Railway minister has announced that the suburban rail service between Bengaluru and Tumakuru will be implemented in the first phase. The minister has made budgetary allocation of Rs 900 crore for the electrification of the track to be taken up first phase.
The suburban rail service, if implemented effectively, will ferry lakhs of passengers from suburban areas to Bengaluru and vice versa at a reduce journey time.

This project is being implemented to ease the burden on Bengaluru. The project envisaged to promote the idea of work in metropolitan and live in suburban areas.

Otherwise disappointing
Apart from suburban rail, the rail budget offered literally nothing to the district. The budgetary allocation for laying of lines between Tumakuru-Rayadurga and Tumakuru-Davangere is negligible.

The long-standing demand for Tiptur-Dudda rail line didn't get any mention in the budget.
The Railway minister was mum on the proposed rail lines Tumakuru-Maddur-Malavalli and Madhugiri-Gouribidanur. In fact the survey on the said stretches were already done and reports on the same have been submitted to Railway Board.

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