Gururaj’s Rumination

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High speed connectivity to BIA

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The newly formed government is coming out with a proposal to build High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) to the new International Airport (BIA). The project will be signed in March 2009 and they propose to complete this in 36 months but it doesn’t gives any indication when is it going to start. The train frequency is expectedly to be every 10 mins.

This is what I read in Times of India newspaper today, 18 July 2008. It actually reminds me of an article in Times of India way back that one of the prominent person, Gosh! I don’t have reference to this article and also don’t remember this person’s name, in Railways after reading lots of criticism in newspapers about connectivity to new BIA being poor suggested and also recommended that a dedicated Rail Link is the best possible solution to all the traveling issues to BIA. Good to see that Government has realized the problem and is now planning to incorporate his recommendation.

I can very well compare this with Heathrow Express, the Rail Link that connects the Heathrow Airport to London city. The link is between Heathrow Airport (Terminal 1, 2, 3 and 4) and the Paddington station. It’s a dedicated Rail Link and takes around 15 mins from Paddington station to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and few extra minutes to Terminal 4 and the same in opposite direction too. The Train is luxurious with enough baggage space. I think the frequency is every 15 mins and hence very efficient and easy on pockets too.

Looking at the current proposal I think there can be few road blocks like

  1. Unstable State Government
  2. Government’s bureaucratic view
  3. Acquisition of land – if it’s not going to be elevated system
  4. Central Government’s approval

At this juncture I can say we will have to be silent spectator and watch how things will progress.


Written by Gururaj

July 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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  1. Ashish, Thanks for your comment.

    Uncertainty in politics is not a passing cloud, it’s always there. You don’t know what will happen and when in politics. But I agree that after some sour experiences with other parties the current one has upper hand and also it’s their time to prove as they have been saying till the time they came into power.

    I think on point 3 you got it wrong. I meant to say if they are planning for elevated then there’s less hassle with land acquisition.

    Also, I’ve missed the updated version of this story where they’ve hit a blockade already 😉


    September 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm

  2. Instabilty does not seem to be a problem as this goverment has the numbers.
    AS regards elevated system it is not prefered,as an underground system is longer lasting though it takes more time.
    The other two points i agree are a cause for concern

    Ashish Krishna

    September 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm

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