Dear Mr. Suresh Prabhu,
Welcome to Bengaluru! We hear that you will be in our cherished city on 16th January to launch the new MEMU (Ramanagaram to Whitefield). We thank you and everyone in Railways that made this train happen.
As you know, Bengaluru is one of the fastest growing cities and Indians from all states aspire to build their careers and families in this city. It has doubled in size every decade with a 1.2 crore population now, and that puts tremendous pressure on infrastructure. As a result, we suffer daily from extreme congestion and extreme pollution. Never ending traffic jams cause make us waste 600 million man hours every in traffic, as per BDA’s Revised Master Plan (RMP) 2031 report. We are suffering from poor health and asthma, our children are already paying the price and the future looks even worse.
We mention this to you, Sir, because you actually can help address this public health menace and save our children. The demand for a suburban train system in Bengaluru is 3 decades old and unfortunately due to lack of strong political will, it never materialized. A full fledged suburban train system can take out 50% of cars and motrocycles off the streets and have a tremendous positive impact on us and our children.
Last month, about 1600 of us, representing all sections of society rode the train from Bengaluru Cantonment to Whitefield, a distance that would take us 3 hours by road due the abominable traffic conditions in 30 minutes!
We know that your special love for Mumbai has resulted in a generous sanction of thousands of crores for expanding Mumbai suburban rail. We request a place in your heart for Bengaluru and some space in the budget for our commuter rail.
Our specific three-point demand is:
1. Connect the top 10 key economic hubs via suburban rail to service the large numbers of daily commuters
2. Allocate budget for each of these so as to provision entirely in the next 2 years.
3. Work with the Karnataka State Government with clear time frames for commissioning these.
Citizens for Bengaluru