BENGALURU: Out of the 28 MLAs and six MPs in Karnataka, about 16 have supported the Citizens for Bengaluru (CFB) in their campaign to #ChukuBukuBeku to press for the strengthening of commuter/suburban rail network in the city. Only five or six of them agreed to travel with the citizens in a local train to find the merits on ground. Volunteers of CFB held a 'Call our MLA/MP' campaign on Wednesday and contacted all the MLAs and MPs to let them know that citizens want local trains immediately and asked for their support. CFB also asked them to join the #ChukuBukuBeku Yatra, experience it for themselves. They also suggested to use funds from the MLA/MP LADs kitty to develop stations for suburban... more...
rail. Naresh Narasimhan, architect and member of CFB said, "Demotorizing Bengaluru is the only option forward. Local train service will make a significant impact by taking lakhs of private vehicles off the streets. Mumbai has 50% less vehicles than Bengaluru due to the local train service". Prakash Belawadi, actor added that the government must prioritize this and show results within the next few months. Srinivas Alavilli, member of CFB said, "It is a shame that so many successive governments in the state and center have squandered an opportunity that is low cost and readily available due to existing infrastructure of 180 plus kms of railway lines and nearly 20 stations in and around Bengaluru. More than 25 lakh people can benefit from a full-fledged commuter rail service, drastically reducing the traffic congestion and improving air quality. It is not acceptable that our government proposes to spend Rs 2000 crores on a single flyover of 6.7kms when they have done nothing in so many years to bring local train service into operation. We reached out to our MLAs and MPs already and in the coming days, we will reach out to citizens of Bengaluru that are suffering from traffic and pollution. As many as 13 of the 19 legislators who we were able to call on Wednesday, strongly supported the need for local trains, some of them said they will raise it in the assembly while some were willing to join us on the #ChukuBukuBeku Yatra and some others wanted to speak later in detail. Overall it was a wonderful experience and makes us extremely happy about the strength of our democracy".
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