Bengaluru: Suburban rail gets Rs 17000 crore in Rail Budget

  • Bengaluru: Suburban rail gets Rs 17000 crore in Rail Budget

Bengaluru: Suburban rail gets Rs 17000 crore in Rail Budget

While the Stage-1 of Phase-1A would cost Rs 615, the Stage 2 of Phase-1A and "Beyond Phase-1A" is estimated to cost Rs 1,812 crore and Rs 8,502 crore.

With a greater focus on passenger safety, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that all railways stations and trains will have Wi-Fi and CCTVs progressively while presenting Union Budget 2018-19 on Thursday.

Jaitley said 18,000 kilometers of doubling, third and fourth line works and 5000 kilometers of gauge conversion would augment capacity and transform nearly the entire network into Broad Gauge.

On December 17, 2016, Citizens for Bengaluru held a "Chuku Buku Railu Beku" awareness campaign in trains and railway stations in the city, demanding a suburban railway service.

While noting that nearly the entire network would be shifted to broad gauge, he said electrification work was also being expanded and 4,000 km are targeted for commissioning. The Minister further added, "12,000 wagons, 5160 coaches and 700 locomotives being procured".

MUMBAI'S suburban railway is set for a major revamp on the back of the Union Budget's promised allocation of Rs 51,000 crore for the network in the financial capital.

Jaitley assured adequate funds will be available under Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh. "One hundred and fifty km of additional suburban network is being planned at a cost of over Rs 40,000 crore, including elevated corridors on some sections".

The minister also made a mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project - the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train - when he announced that an institute for training manpower on high-speed rail projects was coming up in Vadodara, Gujarat. The Railways is also taking to use of technology like "Fog Safe" and "Train Protection and Warning System" to prevent accidents.

"Modern train-sets with the state-of-the-art amenities and features are being designed at Integrated Coach Factory, Perambur". All railway stations having more than 25,000 footfalls will have escalators. 4267 unmanned railway crossings will also be eliminated this year.

Goyal also said that the Indian Railways will generate Rs 11,500 crore from the internal resources while it shall raise Rs 28,500 crore from IRFC and Rs 26,440 crore from Institutional Finance (LIC) to support.