BENGALURU: Acquisition of land for the project between Yesvantpur to Yelahanka will be tough, minister Sadananda Gowda conceded. The study will be funded by the state government and carried out in consultation with the Railways, he added.
Gowda, Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George and top officials of the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) and Railways met on Thursday to discuss fast-tracking of suburban rail, as suggested by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Darpan Jain, Commissioner, DULT said, “We had already done a preliminary study on connecting Bengaluru City (Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna station) with the airport by passing through two different routes: via the Yesvantpur and Baiyappanahalli railway stations.”
However, the Railways said it was not possible to offer any more services from KSR station as it was already saturated, he said. “We are now looking at connectivity to the airport from Yesvantpur. A detailed feasibility study will be conducted this time.”
About the time frame, Jain said, “It is all at the initial stage.It is too early to give any deadline as there are many factors involved in completing it.”
“The railway line between Yelahanka and KIA needs to be electrified and the railway track has to be doubled if we want to run trains to the airport,” he added. MP of Bengaluru Central, P C Mohan, said, “There are problems of land acquisition from Yesvantpur to Yelahanka but not between Yelahanka and the airport.”
If the process is hastened, it remains to be seen if there is a possibility of the city getting connected to the airport via the rail route quicker than the Metro. BMRCL plans connectivity to the Kempe Gowda airport via Nagwara, R K Hegde Nagar, Jakkur and Yelahanka (Phase-2A) by 2020.