Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monorail put on the fast track

Monorail put on the fast track
Four Corridors Identified; Metro Rail Set For Phase II

Bangalore: The state government has added pace to the long-pending proposal for a monorail system in Bangalore by identifying four corridors covering 60 km. The corridors have been identified under the ambitious comprehensive traffic and transportation plan (CTTP), chief minister B S Yeddyurappa told a high-level meeting on Bangalore infrastructure on Monday. The meeting was held as a follow-up review of proposals made during the Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure Development (ABIDe) meeting in June.
Asian Infrastructure Consortium (AIC) had already submitted a proposal to implement the monorail system, under the Swiss Challenge method. The AIC is expected to submit the DPR (detailed project report) by October 8. The new time frame was decided after the consortium had asked the state government for more time to work on the DPR.
The development of the monorail network, conceived to act as a feeder network to Namma Metro, was initially given to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) Limited, before the state government decided to go in for the Swiss Challenge model.
On Namma Metro, the chief minister said the BMRCL was working on the expansion of Namma Metro, under phase two. The government has accepted the CTTP report by RITES for an additional 64 km under the second phase.
The meeting, attended by transport minister R Ashok, BDA commissioner H Siddiah, BBMP commissioner S Subramanya and urban development department secretary K Jothiramalingam, also hosted industry leaders like Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan and Infosys HR director T V Mohandas Pai, along with Janaagraha founder Ramesh Ramanathan and Dr Devi Shetty.
Corridor 1: Hebbal to J P Nagar (31 km) Corridor 2: PRR to toll gate along Magadi road (9 km) Corridor 3: Kathriguppe/ring road junction to National college (5 km) Corridor 4: Hosur Road-Bannerghatta Road junction to PRR along Bannerghatta Road (15 km)


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