Bengaluru Suburban Railway: PM Modi To Lay Foundation Stone For Rs 15,000 Crore Project On 20 June

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the Rs 15,000-crore Bengaluru suburban railway project on June 20, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced on Monday (June 6).

The CM made this announcement during the inauguration the new building of the government higher primary school in the Govindaraj Nagar assembly constituency.

Bommai reiterated his to transform Bengaluru into a mega city with global amenities. He pointed out that the government is executing major projects for the city including developing major stormwater drains at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore, ongoing construction of metro and suburban train networks at the cost of Rs 40,000 crores and 12 signal-free corridors.

“An efficient team of Ministers and legislators is working with me for the development of Bengaluru. A Best Bengaluru would be built with the most modern amenities.” the CM added.

Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project

Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project rail will link Bengaluru to its satellite townships, suburbs, and surrounding rural areas by a rail-based rapid-transit system network. The commuter rail network will comprise of 4 corridors, 57 stations and cover 148.17 kilometres. It is being build at the cost of Rs 15,767-crores.

The Rail Infrastructure Development Company, Karnataka, (K-RIDE), a joint venture of the government of Karnataka and the Union Ministry of Railways, is executing the project.

When complete, the commuter rail system will connect the capital to its outskirts in six directions — towards Kengeri (Mysuru side), Chikkabanavara (Tumakuru side), Rajanukunte (Doddaballapura side), Devanahalli (Kolar side), Whitefield (Bangarapet side), and Heelalige.

Out of the four corridors proposed as part of the suburban rail project, the state government has prioritised two corridors

  • 25.57 km- long “Mallige” (Corridor-2 ) connecting areas between Baiyappanahalli Terminal-Chikkabanavara comprising of 14 stations.
  • 46.24-km-long “Kanaka” (Corridor-4) covering Heelalige-Baiyappanahalli-Channasandra-Yelahanka-Rajanagunte comprising of 19 stations

41.40 km-long “Sampige”(Corridor-1), that will connect KSR Bengaluru City (Majestic) to Devanahalli with 15 stations and 35.52-km- long “Parijata” 9 (Corridor-3) will be 35.52-kilometres long with 19 stations between Kengeri and Whitefield, will be taken up as part of next phase.

In Nov 2021, the first civil work tender was floated by K-RIDE for the construction of an 8 km elevated viaduct as a part of the 25-km Mallige line (Corridor 2) of the Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project between Benniganahalli and Chikkabanavara.

Besides the elevated viaduct, the first civil work tender included construction of Road Under Bridges, Road Over Bridges, drains, utility diversions and retaining wall. Except for station buildings, infrastructure works between Beniganahalli and Chikkabanavara also formed a part of the tender.

Infrastructure behemoth Larsen & Toubro Limited emerged as the lowest bidder for the first package of the Rs 15,767-crore Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project in the financial tender opened on Monday (Feb 21).