State Cabinet Approves Extension Of Bengaluru Airport Metro Link
After the Karnataka Cabinet gave its approval to the Rs 5,950-crore project for providing Metro rail connectivity to the international airport on the city outskirts, a change in alignment was proposed. Now, on January 11, the state Cabinet gave its approval to the change in alignment, under which the Kempegowda International Airport will now be connected with KR Puram via Hebbal Nagawara.
According to the previous plan, the Metro to the airport was an extension of the Gottigere-Nagawara stretch, also known as Reach 6 of the Phase II. The route was supposed to pass through RK Hegde Nagar after Nagawara, without touching Hebbal junction. However, according to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, the new route will run through Nagawara, Hebbal, Jakkur and an additional station of Kodigehalli. Nagawara will be the train intersection on this route and a non-stop service will be provided between Central Silk Board Junction to the airport.
However, now with the change in alignment, the route will now become a 38-km corridor from the earlier 29.62-km stretch, connecting the international airport with even more localities of the city. Moreover, the cost of the project will now shoot up to Rs 10,584 crore.
The cabinet, during the meeting, also gave approval to land acquisition for the project along with getting all the clearances from the Central government. A revised financial plan for the Metro Phase 2A from Central Silk Board to KR Puram was also cleared. Approval was also given to the additional Metro station, Challaghatta, on this new route. The station will be built at a cost of Rs 140 crore.
It is worth mentioning here that the 42.3-km Phase-I Bengaluru Metro Rail Project, popularly named Namma Metro, was launched in 2008. The last section of Phase-1, measuring 11.3 km, was opened in June this year. The Phase-II is already under implementation, and would add another 72 km to the existing network. After the expansion, the Metro is expected to carry more than 15 lakh passengers every day.
With inputs from Housing News