Bengaluru: If Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s pursuit during his three-day visit to China for the World Economic Forum pays off, you may find yourself zipping between Bengaluru and Mysore in 30 minutes.
Travelling on the high-speed train between Shanghai central and Pudong international airport that covers a distance of 50 km in eight minutes, the CM hoped to bring the same technology and investment to introduce a bullet train connecting the two cities in Karnataka.
“It is a necessity to have a high speed rail connecting Bengaluru to Mysore if we want to decongest the state capital. We can attract people to Mysore only if we provide faster transport and connectivity to Bengaluru. I invited the Japanese delegation to visit Bengaluru in October 2014, when we will host the third Global Investors’ Meet. If China and Japan can have fast trains, why not us?” asked Siddaramaiah, who was accompanied by a 14-member business group and nine-member official team in Dalian.
“The Dalian centre was impressive and had been built in record 10 months. We now want to set up a similar convention centre near Devanahalli airport at an estimated `500 crore. But as the cost is huge we will call for tenders under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model,” he told mediapersons on Monday.