The Prime MInister stressed the importance of integrated multimodal connectivity

Indian Railways is becoming faster, cleaner, modern, safe and citizen friendly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

The Prime Minister pointed out that in the last eight years, the government has worked on complete transformation of rail connectivity.

He was speaking while inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of multiple rail and road infrastructure projects worth over Rs 27,000 crore in Bengaluru.

“We have taken the rail to those parts of the country where it was difficult to even think about it. Indian Railways is now trying to provide those facilities and the ambience which was once found only in airports and air travel," he pointed out.

The modern railway station in Bengaluru named after Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya is also a direct proof of this, he said.

India’s first Air Conditioned Railway Station, the Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Station at Baiyappanahalli, is developed on the lines of a modern airport at a total cost of around Rs 315 crore.

The Prime MInister stressed the importance of integrated multimodal connectivity. He added that his government is committed to connecting the suburban areas of Bengaluru with better connectivity. The project, which is to be built at a cost of over Rs. 15,700 crore, envisages 4 corridors with a total route length of over 148 Kms.

According to Prime Minister Modi, connectivity by Bengaluru Suburban rail project will connect Bengaluru city with its suburbs and satellite townships and that will have a multiplier effect.

Similarly, the Bengaluru Ring Road project, for which PM Modi laid the foundation stone, will reduce the city's congestion.