The now-on, now-off High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) project connecting the city to the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is finally gathering momentum.

The Bangalore Airport Rail Link Ltd (BARL), a special purpose vehicle created by the government to see its implementation, will kickstart the project with land acquisition this month. BARL is all set to zero in on one concessionaire among the five consortia — Reliance Infrastructure Ltd and CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Co Ltd, L&T Transco Limited, ITD-ITD Cem Joint Venture, Pioneer Infratech Pvt Ltd and Siemens Project Ventures, and Lanco Infratech Ltd and OHL Concessionaire — to award the contract this month to execute the Rs 5,700-crore project.

Armed with the go-ahead from CM B S Yeddyurappa, rapid developments are on the anvil. BARL is expected to ink the Request for Proposal (RFP) agreement immediately after the executor company is chosen. “We’re in the process of selecting a technically capable company. BARL has already sent a proposal to the industries department for land acquisition,’’ BARL managing director V Madhu told STOI.

Besides cutting down commuting time to less than half an hour, HSRL could transform the economic landscape of the Bangalore North region, especially Devanahalli, Yelahanka and the airport corridor. Every large city — be it Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or London — has such a direct, high-speed link which results in economic multipliers far outweighing the high initial cost of construction.
Source:Times of India