Bangalore waits for public transport projects to reach full steam
In June 2021, after inspecting the progress of the doubling of the tracks between Cantonment and Heelalige, then Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that in three months the Prime Minister would lay the foundation stone for the railroad project. suburb. But like many promises made by our politicians, this one also went unfulfilled.
Bengalurians who have waited decades for a suburban rail network are hoping that at least civil works will begin this year. In November, Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Ltd. (K-RIDE), the implementing agency for the project, has issued a call for tenders for the civil works between Byappanahalli and Chikkabanavara (Corridor 2 of the rail network). A few days ago, the BBMP Assistant Conservator of Forests issued a public notice regarding the removal of 661 trees along the route.
“Considering that K-RIDE has already issued a call for tenders, construction work should start from this year. K-RIDE is also expected to launch tenders for the remaining three corridors, ”rail activist Sanjeev Dyamannavar said.
He said that the agency initially prioritized the KSR Bengaluru – Devanahalli corridor, which would help people going to the airport. “But the state government is unwilling to take that line. The metro link to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will take five to six years and will benefit people living in the east as well as those coming from Electronics City. If K-RIDE takes over the KSR-Devanahalli line, it will benefit residents of the CBD and other areas. The state government should prioritize this line for the benefit of the general public, ”Dyamannavar added.
New metro lines
The commuter railroad is just one part of a comprehensive and well-mapped transit system that Bengaluru needs. While Namma Metro’s reach has increased, the pace of expansion is slow, with deadlines often missed.
On several occasions, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has also asked Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) to bring forward the deadlines for opening the metro lines as part of phase II of the project.
Citizens demand that the BMRCL operationalize the extension of the metro line from Byappanahalli to Whitefield and the new line from RV Road to Bommasandra.
BMRCL chief executive Anjum Parwez said all steps have been taken to speed up metro works on both lines. “On the Byappanahalli-Whitefield line, construction work between Byappanahalli and KR Puram will be accelerated. The project has reached an advanced stage on the rest of the line, ”he said.
He added that on the new line from Bommasandra to RV Road, steps will be taken to complete the ongoing works. This year, the BMRCL is expected to open the short extension of the Green Line from Nagasandra to BIEC.
The BMRCL must go a long way in completing the ongoing Phase II metro project: on the 72 km line, only 14 km have been made operational. BMRCL has also undertaken work on the ORR-Airport line, covering a distance of over 55 km from Central Silk Board to KIA. Until the completion of the project, motorists using the outer ring road (ORR) will have difficulty.
No more new buses to hit the road
The year 2022 should see the operation of 390 non-AC electric buses and 600 BSVI buses. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has already started to introduce environmentally friendly buses as part of the Smart City project. The newly installed e-buses are operated as feeder services to Namma metro.
Bengalurians have called on public transport service providers to introduce the Common Mobility Card which allows them to travel in multiple modes of transport. The BMRCL said the infrastructure is ready for the introduction of common mobility cards, while the BMTC has a long way to go.