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PM flags off work on Rs 15,700 crore suburban rail project to make Bengaluru ‘free of traffic jams’

PM Narendra Modi at the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony of rail and road infrastructure projects.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the double-engine government is working on every possible means to improve connectivity with suburban areas and make Bengaluru free of traffic jams.

While speaking at the inauguration of multiple rail and road infrastructure projects in Kommaghatta, he said, "To make Bengaluru free of traffic jams, the double-engine government is working on every possible means including rail, road, metro and construction of the underpass, flyover."

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Bengaluru Suburban rail project (BSRP), which will connect Bengaluru city with its suburbs and satellite townships. The project, which is to be built at a cost of over Rs 15,700 crore, envisages four corridors with a total route length of over 148 km.

"I have got the opportunity to complete the development works which should have been done 40 years ago. If these works were completed at that time, then the burden on Bengaluru wouldn't have increased. That's why I don't want to waste time and spend every minute serving people," he added.

He said that Bengaluru is a reflection of the spirit of Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat. The development of Bengaluru is the development of millions of dreams, he added.

"Therefore, in the last eight years, it has been a continuous effort of the Central Govt to develop Bengaluru further," he explained.

He also pointed out that Indian Railways is getting faster now, it is getting cleaner, it is becoming modern, it is becoming safe and it is also becoming citizen-friendly.

"We have taken the rail to those parts of the country where it was difficult to even think about it," he added.

He further added, "Indian Railways is now trying to provide those facilities, the atmosphere which were once found only in airports and air travel."

"The modern railway station in Bangalore named after Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya is also a direct proof of this,"he stated.

The Prime Minister said development works worth over Rs 27,000 crore would either be inaugurated or their foundation stones would be laid during his current visit. These works cover diverse sectors and will boost 'Ease of Living' for the people of Bengaluru and surrounding areas.

The Prime Minister was received by Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and other dignitaries.

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