K'taka Govt nod for high-speed rail link to BIA

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Bangalore, Jun 17 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today announced the Government had approved the high-speed rail link between the city and Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) at Devanahally at a cost of Rs 3,600 crore.

The 33-km long rail link would be build under public-private-partnership model, he said after a high level meeting with officials on taking new infrastructure projects in Bangalore city.

The rail link would enable air travellers to reach BIA in just 25 minutes from the present one hour, he said.

The government would call for tenders for building 115-km long peripheral ring road at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore around the city.

In the first stage, Tumkur Road would be connected to Hosur Road with a 65-km ring road which would have ten lanes and service roads.

Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) would float a global tender for building the first phase. The project would be taken up under Build-Own-Transfer (BOT) or annuity basis, officials said.

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