43912-014: Bangalore Metro Rail Transit System Project

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Overview


Urban transport is a critical component of urban services. Apart from allowing direct and efficient travel, it also creates a better urban environment by reducing congestion and pollution. Economic benefits of rail systems are significant and include savings in travel time, reduced operating costs, safer transportation with lower levels of accidents and related fatalities, and lower levels of local pollution. Rail-based urban transit systems have an advantage over road-based systems in terms of efficiency and carrying capacity, especially when catering to heavy passenger traffic in densely populated areas. In developed countries, most large cities have rail-based mass transit railways as the core of their transport systems. However, in developing countries there has not been enough emphasis on mass transit or integrated city planning, with the result that many metropolitan cities depend predominantly on private transport modes. With increasing road congestion and pollution, cities are being forced to examine and develop better means of transportation. Given the need for effective public transport solutions the Government of India and the Government of Karnataka Sponsor[s]) examined a number of possible urban transport solutions for the city, including different modalities. The rail-based mass transit system was viewed by the sponsors as most appropriate for the city. The scope of the project is to implement a metro rail project in Bangalore, including the development of 42.3 kilometers (km) of metro rail, 40 stations, 2 station depots, signaling, electro-mechanical system, and all ancillary facilities and rolling stock. The metro alignment for the city would follow two main transit corridors: (i) an east west corridor of 18.1 km starting at Byappanahalli and terminating at the Mysore Road terminal and (ii) a north south corridor of 24.2 km, starting at Nagasandra and terminating at Puttenahalli. Of the planned length 8.82 km near City Railway Station, Vidhana Soudha, Majestic, and City Market will be underground sections, and the rest will be elevated. Read More

Country India
Borrower/Equity Investment Name
Project Number 43912-014
Project Type or Modality of Assistance PS
Financing Private sector (Nonsovereign)
Status Approved
Approval Number 7329
Approval Date 31 Mar 2011
Geographical Location Bangalore
Sector Transport and ICT
Subsector Urban Transport
Safeguard Categories Environment: B
Resettlement: C
Indigenous People: C



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Project Data Sheets (PDS)

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PDS Creation Date
18 Feb 2011

Last PDS Update
25 Apr 2014