The Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited (K-Ride), tasked with implementing the Bengaluru suburban rail project (BSRP), is exploring the feasibility of establishing a new rail route to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) from Doddajala, deviating from the initial plan to connect via Trumpet Interchange on Ballari Road. This proposed 8-kilometer link from Doddajala is anticipated to have a significant impact, benefiting not only industrial hubs and residential areas but also offering a viable alternative road connection to the airport.

K-Ride’s decision to reconsider the airport rail link aligns with its aim to maximize the project’s benefits and cater to a larger section of society. The proposed route would branch off from the Majestic-Devanahalli corridor, with plans for the construction of a station near Begur Road and BK Halli Road junction. This strategic move is expected to benefit locals, industrial workers, and residents in the vicinity, including those working at the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board’s Defence and Aerospace Park.

Officials from K-Ride highlighted the advantages of the Doddajala route over the Trumpet Interchange route, noting that the former would benefit a larger section of society living in the area. Additionally, the proposed alignment runs parallel to an alternative road that links the airport from the southern side, offering improved connectivity options. The plan includes constructing an elevated line up to the airport boundary, beyond which the line would go underground.

The project also emphasizes the importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) compliance, reflecting the evolving market demands and investor expectations. By focusing on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, K-Ride aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable practices in its operations.

Furthermore, the proposed rail link from Doddajala could potentially integrate with existing public transportation systems, similar to the feeder bus services operating for Metro stations in the city. This integration would enhance connectivity and accessibility for commuters, especially those traveling to and from industrial hubs and residential areas near Doddajala.