‘Use existing infrastructure for high-speed rail link'

Our Bureau Hubli | Updated on April 01, 2011

The Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) has urged the Karnataka Government to utilise the existing infrastructure along the NH-7 and other roads, including the flyovers on this stretch, for executing the High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) to connect the Bangalore city centre to the Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli.

The FKCCI President, Mr N.S. Srinivasa Murthy, in a release, said by utilising the existing infrastructure along the NH-7 is on the lines of Shanghai model, viz., having a rail line above the existing stretch of road as is now existing on MG Road, upon completion of Metro work; by having a two-tier system instead of the rail link along the right side of NH-7.

“While there has been varied views on the implementation of the project, FKCCI opines that this project can be implemented on a more cost-effective and scientific manner leading to substantial reduction in the project cost and with the least inconvenience to the general public,” he added.

Faster travel

The Government is planning to build a HSRL to connect the city centre to the airport at Devanahalli. The High Speed Rail will start from BRV Grounds and will have two stops at Hebbal and Yelahanka before reaching the airport, covering the distance of 34 km in about 25 minutes.

For the project, it is estimated that 162 acres have to be acquired, of which 130 acres are private and NHAI lands. The compensation would be around Rs 532 crore for private lands while the Government and BBMP properties will be acquired free of cost.

Substantial savings

Mr Srinivasa Murthy said such a proposal will result in substantial savings of valuable land which is already a scarcity; save the Government exchequer several crores of rupees to be paid as compensation for land acquisition; drastically reduce the project cost and more importantly the reduction in the volume of litigation and disputes relating to acquisition of land and compensation which the government as well as the property owners are already saddled with. This will also bring a sigh of relief to the citizens, property owners, and business establishments from the nightmare of acquisitions.

“While FKCCI fully supports the Government's initiative for the development of the city of Bangalore and applauds the Government for having introduced the Metro to the citizens of Bangalore; FKCCI suggests that the industry associations' views be taken into consideration before implementation of the project,” he added.

Published on April 01, 2011

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