Sunday, October 28, 2007

Reach Devanahalli airport in 25 minutes

Reach Devanahalli airport in 25 minutes

Staff Reporter

DMRCL submits report on the proposed rail link

Rail link project estimated to cost Rs. 3,716 crore

Each train will have six coaches

BANGALORE: It will be a hassle-free, 25-minute journey for air-travellers from the city centre to the upcoming international airport near Devanahalli, if the State Government approves the detailed project report (DPR) on the proposed high-speed rail link connecting the two points.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRCL), appointed by the State Government to conduct a feasibility study and prepare a detailed project report on the rail link, submitted the report recently.

Making a presentation on the proposed rail link here on Saturday, S.N. Venkat Rao, Adviser and Project Director of DMRCL, said the project, estimated to be implemented at a cost of Rs. 3,716 crore on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, would be a boon to air-travellers if the Government approved it.

The rail link will start from the Police Grounds between Mahatma Gandhi Road and Cubbon Road, which will be the City Air Terminal and passengers can check-in at this station itself to avoid the rush at the airport, Mr. Rao said.

According to the DPR, each train will have six coaches, of which one half of a coach would accommodate checked-in baggage. The maximum speed would be 160 km per hour, and 10 trains were proposed to run at frequent intervals. Initially, the train frequency could be 10 minutes and could later be reduced to six and four minutes, Mr. Venkat Rao said.

It had been proposed to have parking facility for more than 1,700 cars at the Cubbon Road terminal. This could be integrated with the M.G. Road Metro Station. The Cubbon Road terminal would not interfere with the Metro project though it is put up above and by the sides of the ramp of the Metro Station


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