The Karnataka Cabinet has given its approval to a Rs 5,950-crore project for providing Metro rail connectivity to the international airport on the city outskirts.

The 29.62-kilometre Metro project that will connect Nagavara with the Kempegowda International airport will have seven stations. The project is expected to be completed by 2021. On completion, the project would benefit 1.2 lakh people, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters after the Cabinet meeting in Bengaluru.

The minister said the detailed project report had been prepared, and Rs 5,950 crore was expected to be invested in the project.

While Rs 1,000 crore will be given by the Bengaluru International Airport Limited as Passenger Service Fee for the project, Rs 1,350 crore would from the state government and Rs 500 crore from the Centre. The remaining Rs 3000 crore would be taken as loan.

It is worth mentioning here that the 42.3-km Phase-I Bengaluru Metro Rail Project, popularly named Namma Metro, was launched in 2008. The last section of Phase-1, measuring 11.3 km, was opened in June this year. The Phase-II is already under implementation, and would add another 72 kms to the existing network. After the expansion, the Metro is expected to carry more than 15 lakh passengers every day.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also cleared a proposal for identification of special agriculture production zones for farmers’ benefit

Jayachandra said the move was intended to encourage production of food crops, such as producing vegetables in urban areas, and to support establishment of allied industries nearby, based on the suggestion made by a vision group.

Other decisions taken by the Cabinet include approval of Seva Sindhu. Seva Sindhu has been developed with an objective to enable a single-window access to information and services being provided by the various government departments. Now, it is mandatory for various departments to offer services through the online portal.

The Cabinet also approved delegation of powers to the Bengaluru Smart City Limited, a special purpose vehicle under the Smart Cities Mission.

News Souce: Makaan