Citizen activists condemn PMO delaying suburban rail

Various citizen groups in the city have written to the Union Ministry of Railways to express their condemnation of the Prime Minister Office’s directive putting the suburban rail on hold. The directive had ruled out leasing land belonging to the Railways at a concessionary rate for the project and directed the state government to find alternate ways to fund the project.

The citizen groups have mentioned in their letter that the city had been deprived of suburban rail for more than three decades and lack of such a transport facility adversely impacted the city and the state at large. The letter was also sent to the Deputy Regional Manager, South Western Railway, Bengaluru. It spoke of how the concerned ministers committed to the project only after enormous public pressure through protests, consultations and studies which led to the Central and State governments acceding to the demand.

Lakhs of commuters including students, daily wage labourers and professionals are struggling under the current transport facilities and a cheap and reliable service such as the suburban rail would benefit them. The citizen groups also demanded the PMO to immediately withdraw its new directive and clear all the obstacles to begin and complete the project.

Members of the groups met the DRM, SW on Wednesday and handed the letter. The groups are planning to approach the MLA’s and MP’s from the city to lobby for the revival of the project under the agreed terms.

City students top CET results

Four of the top ten candidates of the Common Entrance Test held by the Karnataka Examination Authority are from the city. Jeffin Biju from Chaitanya Techno Pre-University College has topped in Engineering. As many as four out of the top ten candidates in Karnataka were from Bengaluru.

1.9 lakh candidates had applied for the exams held this year in March. Mangaluru got two ranks and Bellary secured one spot in the top ten. Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences P Mahesh Anand from Chaitanya Tech Pre University College secured the first rank in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences. Bengaluru secured six ranks, Mangaluru secured two, and Mysuru and Davanagere one each.

Keerthana M from Arun National Public School Bengaluru secured the first place in BSC Agriculture. P Mahesh from Chaithanya Techno Pre University College secured the first rank in BSc Veterinary Science . Sai Sakethika from Chaithanya Techno PU College placed first in B Pharma. The results have been published by the KEA on its website.

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