Bangalore: Minister for Railways M. Mallikarjuna Kharge on Monday said the State government is yet to send a concrete proposal on commencing suburban rail operations in Bangalore.
Speaking to reporters after flagging off the Yeshwanthpur–Chandigarh Sampark Kranthi bi-weekly express and laying the foundation stone for renovation of Yelahanka railway station, Mr. Kharge said he was aware that the State government had got RITES to prepare a project report on the suburban rail. The report speaks about utilising existing railway tracks while the government has not indicated its willingness to lay new lines for the suburban rail system, he said. Also, no special purpose vehicle has been formed to execute the project, the Minister said.
However, highly placed sources in the State government told that the proposal has indeed been sent to the Railway Board.
Speaking about upgrading Yelahanka railway station, Mr. Kharge said he got the necessary funds from the line-doubling project between Channasandra and Yelahanka, as none was not earmarked. He urged M. Veerappa Moily, Chikkaballapur MP, and S.R. Vishwanath, Yelahanka MLA, who demanded that the station be upgraded, to remove the bottleneck holding up the approach road to the premises.
Chief administrative officer (construction), SWR, Adesh Sharma, said work on the station would be completed in six months.