NOW! Bengaluru has had enough. #ChukuBukuBeku. #Accelerate #SuburbanRail, NOW.

NOW! Bengaluru has had enough. #ChukuBukuBeku. #Accelerate #SuburbanRail, NOW.

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Bangalore Rising started this petition to Piyush Goyal (Railways Minister) and

25 minutes on a train that takes over 90 minutes on road? We have lost a billion in  man-hours, health & time due to traffic. So who is applying the BRAKES?

If local train had been on the agenda of politicos 25  years ago, we would have eminently bearable traffic. Who brings it up again and again? CITIZENS. Who says 'yes' again and again, and then promptly snoozes or reneges? You guessed it - politicians and the babus. does anyone think they are doing US a favour , while corridors and flyovers worth thousands of crores crop up mysteriously at every budget meeting? Who are you kidding?

The recent budget announcement by Finance Minister that 18600 crores expended on Bangalore Suburban Rail had us thrilled - but only for a minute. This was the third promise after SO much citizen effort. Neither has this been cleared with the cabinet in tandem, not implementation path notified. K-RIDE the SPV  for Suburban Rail clearly state that they cannot go ahead without the budget. Is this a cruel JOKE?  Are we such patsies? Should we keep walking up this sliding slope? ENOUGH, we say. 

The Citizens of Bengaluru, who have watched the decline of their city  due to lack of sustainable transportation, the loss to our health, livelihood and quality of life, seen a bustling, cosmopolitan city we are so proud of become a national joke due to its traffic mess? Why wasn't this discussed at the Budget Allocation and CCEA? Where are the FUNDS for this?  We, the Citizens demand that the Central & State government, Department of Railways and most important, the Finance Ministry IMMEDIATELY present us with a clear, integrated, milestone led, sustainable plan for suburban rail, with sign off and support from all stakeholders. NOW.

We have waited patiently through three different governments, apparent ignorance of the enormity of the problem, explained  the government's need to get involved; their apparent helplessness at lack of central support; the MP's seemingly strong demands, met every official that matters, explained as if WE had to beg for ourselves what was so needed for our city;  rejoiced (naively) through three budget approvals, heard outright lies or promises broken - and we have not SEEN one wheel move forward.

Enough.

We want the funds, the date and the  plan, NOW.

Bangalore is not going to wait anymore. Or listen.

And Bangalore will now hold you accountable. Enough.

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