INDIA: Karnataka state government has created Bangalore Airport Rail Link Ltd as special purpose vehicle to develop a fast connection to the new international airport which is due to open on May 11.

The partially-elevated line would start at a city centre terminal at BRV Grounds on Mahatma Gandhi Road and run alongside National Highway 7 to the airport, with stops at Hebbal and Yelahanka. Six-car trains are proposed, with a journey time of 25 min. The cost of the 34 km line is estimated at Rs37·2bn.

Delhi Metro Rail Corp has been appointed to advise on the project, which is to be completed by January 2011.