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287-km Circular Rail Network Around Bengaluru As Final Location Survey Get Green Light

Updated: Jan 3

South Western Railway (SWR) has unveiled an ambitious plan to construct a 287-kilometer circular rail network in the outskirts of Bengaluru. Their intention is to enhance local train services, alleviate strain on existing rail systems, and fostering seamless integration with the Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project (BSRP) and Namma Metro.

Sanjeev Kishore, the General Manager of SWR, has confirmed the development to TOI and said that the Ministry of Railways has given the green light for the Final Location Survey (FLS) for the proposed double-line circular rail network.

Taking to X (formely know as Twitter) Bangalore Central MP P C Mohan wrote,''South Western Railway's plan for a 287-km circular rail network around Bengaluru aims to revolutionize local train services, alleviate strain on current rail systems, and synergize with the Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project and Namma Metro.

This extensive network will encircle Bengaluru and connect key points such as Nidvanda, Doddaballapur, Devanahalli, Malur, Heelalige, Solur, and Nidvanda. The primary goal is to strengthen Bengaluru's rail capacity, ease congestion in the current railway network, and cater to future demands, as outlined by Kishore.

The estimated cost for the FLS is Rs 7.2 crore, allocated for surveying alignments, station mapping, yard plans, terminal facilities, land requirements, and civil structures such as bridges. SWR is confident that this proposed network will provide efficient and cost-effective train services, complementing the existing suburban rail network and the city's Metro rail system.

An SWR official emphasized the benefits for commuters traveling from satellite towns to Bengaluru. Dedicated trains will operate in both directions along the 287-kilometer line, aiming to reduce strain on the current rail networks.

Furthermore, this proposed network aims to address congestion within the city, particularly concerning the movement of trains from the Salem line to the Mysuru line and vice versa. This plan will facilitate the diversion of goods trains during off-peak passenger service hours, rather than regulating them outside the city.

To alleviate these concerns, a proposal for a peripheral line connecting Hejjala and Heelalige has been put forward. Additionally, during peak hours, the line capacity utilization within the city is expected to reach 110%. It's worth noting that KRIDE is overseeing the implementation of 148 suburban rail networks, while the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) plans to operationalize Namma Metro, spanning 175km by 2025 and expanding it to 314km by 2040.

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