Monday, September 24, 2007

Bullet Train from Bangalore to Mysore and Hubli !?

A Shinkansen (Bullet-Train) to Mysore and Hubli from Bangalore! May sound incredible, but the Karnataka government is toying with this idea to decongest the Silicon city.

Applying the "just in time concept" for those having work in Bangalore and preferring to get back to Mysore (in 40 minutes ) or Hubli (two hours), high-speed trains are being considered. Now by road, the 139 km distance between Mysore and Bangalore is covered in less than three hours and it is expected to go down further when the expressway is completed. But Hubli by train is an overnight journey or seven hours by road.

The idea was conceived after the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII-southern region) made a presentation to the state government on a Chennai-Bangalore-Mumbai (CBM) Freight Corridor. The CBM was an offshoot of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor for which a feasibility report has been done and work is to begin in January 2008. The government has asked the Railways to conduct the feasibility report for both projects. toimandesa31

Railway ticket booking made more transparent

You can watch your ticket being booked on a computer screen in front of you when the railways put up LCD screens at all booking counters. All the 102 passenger reservation counters in the 27 ticket booking offices across Bangalore will have this facility by October 1.

There are about 80,000 passengers booking tickets at the counters at different locations in the city and surrounding areas, and they have to rely on the booking clerk to get information on reservation status. Henceforth, they needn’t take the clerk’s word on ticket status. Divisional commercial manager Anwar Hussain who is the brain behind this innovation said: “It helps in bringing complete transparency in ticketing.’’

The railways will install LCD screens at the ticket booking counters, which will show tickets being booked, the fares and dates of travel. The 19-inch screens will be mounted at the eye level to help better visibility. One portion of the screen will be reserved for railway information, tourism-related information, entertainment or commercials. toimandesa31

Cost overrun hit city's drain project

Flood-prone Bangalore’s single-most biggest threat — the 252-km-long major valleys filled with excess siltation, debris dumps, weak retention walls and faulty culverts and bridges — remains unaddressed and, worse, the Project Clean-up smells of a scam.

The stormwater drain remodelling project launched three years ago is moving at a snail’s pace and the project cost, as a result, has seen a shocking 357% rise from Rs 180 crore to Rs 643 crore. Experts say project's suffering from unrealistic estimates, frequent structural concept changes, and wrong price negotiation. toimandesa31

Friday, September 14, 2007

Eight Traffic Transit Management Centres in Bangalore

Keeping in view the public transport needs of Bangalore city, the Union Government has sanctioned eight Traffic Transit Management Centres (TTMCs) under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at a cost of Rs. 256.12 crore.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will establish the TTMCs in Jayanagar, Banashankari, Vijayanagar , Koramangala , Shantinagar , ITPL , Bannerghatta and Kengeri . Work on these centres will be completed in 30 months.

Each TTMC would have space for a bus terminal, maintenance of buses, passenger amenities and park and ride facility and so on. Twenty-seven public services and space for parking 500 cars and 250 two-wheelers would be provided at these centres.

The Union Government would meet 35 per cent of the expenditure, the State Government 15 per cent and the BMTC 50 per cent. Karnataka is the first State to get funds for upgrading its urban transport management. hindumandesa31

Two new industrial layouts planned around Bangalore

Two hi-tech industrial layouts have been planned around Bangalore and they will be contiguous with the five new mega housing layouts to be formed by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). This is said to be part of a new experiment being launched by the Government to decongest Bangalore and to ensure that people from one residential pocket are not compelled to crisscross the city to reach their workplaces.

According to Commissioner of BDA M.K. Shankaralinge Gowda, industrial lands would be allocated only to what had been classified as “clean industries” — information technology, biotechnology, research centres, business process outsourcing and information technology-enabled services companies, garment units (barring those involved in dyeing) and so on.

While one hi-tech layout will be in the western part of Bangalore beyond Rajajinagar and Vijayanagar spread over 1,050 acres, the other would encompass the southern and eastern outskirts of the city between Hosur Road and Whitefield. It would extend over 3,500 acres. hindumandesa31

Air Ambulance Service begins operation in Bangalore

The much-talked about air ambulance project for Bangalore is finally off the ground. Critically ill patients can now be flown to the 250-bed multi-specialty tertiary care New Apollo Hospital on Bannerghatta Road by a helicopter, which Deccan Aviation promises to be readied within 30 minutes of the emergency call.

To avail of this service, the patient’s relatives should call 9880171066 or 51066 and be prepared to pay between Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh or Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 80,000 an hour of flying. hindumandesa31.

Mega Housing Project in Bangalore

A month before it is scheduled to hand over power to its coalition partner, the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led coalition government is launching a massive housing project through five mega housing residential layouts spread over 15,000 acres of land around Bangalore. The project will envelop about 1.76 lakh house sites of various dimensions.

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said that the five layouts would be developed simultaneously and the sites would be ready for allotment in about six months.

A BDA press release said that Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda Layout, between Magadi Road and Mysore Road (4,814 acres and 60,879 sites) will be developed at a cost of Rs. 2,639 crore; Shivaram Karanth Layout between Doddaballapur Road and Hesaraghatta Road (3,546 acres and 18,975 sites) at a cost of Rs. 1,847 crore; D. Devaraj Urs Layout between Airport Road and Varthur village (1,976 acres and 24,904 sites) at a cost of Rs. 1,108 crore; S. Nijalingappa layout between Varthur village and Sarjapur Road (35,451 sites in 2,806 acres) at a cost of Rs. 1,550 crore; and Kyasambahalli Changalaraya Reddy Layout between Hosur Road and Sarjapur Road (2,134 acres and 26,734 sites) at a cost of Rs. 1,170 crore. hindumandesa31