Accordingly week following a high level meeting
between the Karnataka Chief Minister and top railway officials, the state
cabinet approved the suburban rail project connecting Bengaluru and its
suburbs. Meanwhile the 161 km strong suburban rail network will have 81
stations, spaced at an average of 1.8 km from each other in four corridors.
Meanwhile in a related announcement, the state government also tweaked the
proposed metro expansion plan to the Kempegowda International Airport. With
this, the airport line from Nagawara will pass through Hebbal and Jakkur
costing another Rs 5,000 crore. Previously the route was proposed through
Ramakrishna Hegde Nagar. Furthermore the CM announced that funding for the
project will be sanctioned in the February budget.
Moreover the Bengaluru City Yelahanka, Rajankunti
corridor will be 23.88 km long and will have elevated tracks for 9.48km on one
side and on two sides for 7.3 km. Hence out of the 13 stations, nine will be
elevated. According to estimates by 2025, the suburban rail will see more than
double the daily ridership of Bengaluru metro in its existing form.