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Metro line to connect parts of Bangluru to Kempegowda Airport only by 2023

Infra News - Published on Wed, 16 Jan 2019

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Bengalureans can travel by metro to the Kempegowda International Airport by 2023, with the extension from the Outer Ring Road Line between Silk Board and KR Puram via Hebbal. Meanwhile, the construction of the Gottigere-Nagawara metro route, which was the first extension planned to connect the airport to the city, will be delayed. Speaking to TNM, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited MD Ajay Seth, IAS, said that “The approved elevated ORR (Outer Ring Road) line, from Silk Board going up to the Airport via KR Puram and Hebbal, can be expected to be commissioned by 2023.”

This comes just days after the Karnataka government approved a change in the alignment of the originally proposed metro line to the Kempegowda Airport from Nagawara. The new alignment, approved by the state Cabinet on January 10, connects Nagawara and the airport through Hebbal and Jakkur. The length of the stretch will be 9 km longer in length, which will take the total distance of the route to 38 km.

However, according to the topmost officer of the metro, the Gottigere-Nagawara line will take longer to be completed due to practical difficulties on the ground, including that of underground construction. The line will be completed earliest by 2024.

Mr Ajay Seth told TNM that “We have not awarded tender for Gottigere-Nagawara line and it is likely that for two packages the tender will be issued in another two months and for another two packets, the tender can be only issued in August and September, This is why we are unable to put a firm timeline before another two months from now.”

This deviation from the originally proposed RK Hegde Nagar route (via Thanisandra Main Road) will also cost an additional INR 5,000 crore. The original alignment had to be changed as the RK Hegde Nagar route had high-pressure gas lines of the Gas Authority of India Limited and other utility setups.

Mr Seth added that “The detailed project report is ready and we hope to send it in another 10 days time (to the government of India). The state government has given permissions for the land acquisition and other design activities, shifting of utilities and the arrangement of funds in the current calendar year itself. This means, we will be floating the tender in the later part of 2019 and in the meantime, we expect to get the approval from Government of India so that work can start in the early part of 2020. Instead of getting approvals and then starting the work, the government has allowed the BMRCL to take up all pre-project activities right away.”

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Wed, 16 Jan 2019
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