Bengaluru suffers from poor road transportation, unbearable traffic congestions with total of 6 million vehicles, disorderly/chaotic traffic, peak traffic speed of 5 kmph, poor roads, vehicular air and noise pollution which leads to poor quality of life for its citizens. Due to this transportation crisis on roads, Bengaluru continues to suffer economic loss from productivity loss as well as loss of personal (NRI) and business investment from abroad. People also suffer from health problems due to vehicular pollution & driving/commuting stress. The Namma metro Phase 2 and Phase 3 will change all of that and make a very significant positive impact on Bengaluru. While Phase 2 is expected to be complete by 2020 there is no end date planned yet for Phase 3. We first started hearing about Phase 3 in 2013, yet not much progress has happened. We need accelerated launch timeline for Phase 3 by 2021. BMRCL has to do everything possible to build Phase 3 in parallel with Phase 2. BMRCL needs to put all the lessons learnt during its management of Phase 1 to practice and do everything possible to remove all bottlenecks towards accelerated building of Phase 3 including operating 2 shifts for all positions so work can happen round the clock 24/7. By doing this, Bengaluru will significantly benefit from less travel time, productivity, improved quality of life, more economic activities due to improved mobility as well as increased personal(NRI) and business investment from abroad.
What we are asking is the following
- Build Phase 3 of 103 kms which should include Metro over entire 62km ORR - by 2021
If you benchmark world's metro projects like the Shanghai Metro or the Beijing metro completing 176 kms (of Phase 2 and Phase 3) in 5.5 years is not unreasonable. Bengaluru a technology and cosmopolitan city, competes with global cities like Shanghai for investment. Shanghai metro has an impressive length of 600kms built over last ~20 years. If Bengaluru needs to catch up in this globalized world, we will need to benchmark ourselves with the best. Bengaluru in many ways is the crown jewel of India hosting software and biotechnology industry, hub for start ups, ISRO,IISC. It needs this infrastructure soon (not 10 years later or in 2025!) to stay competitive globally.
We have highly competent Rail minister who is reforming and improving Indian Railways like we have never seen in the past. We request Mr. Prahbu's rail ministry to work with BMRCL to understand and fix the Phase 3 bottlenecks (land acquisition delays, lack of adequate number of tunnel boring machines, lack of rail engineers, lack of funding, etc) . If funding is the issue, we urge you to look at different ways to fund this project like long term investment from Insurance companies, etc. If our government is ready to spend $15b on a bullet train which has expected passenger load of 40K per day, we surely can find finances to spend on metro where the expected passenger load is >10Lakh per day and the economic impact of the investment to the city and country is far greater. PS: BMRCL also needs to start planning, acquiring land for PHASE 4 at least by 2017-2018
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