Bengaluru Airport Metro Link Stations Finalised
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation has finalised the stations along the much-awaited airport metro link corridor after the Karnataka Cabinet gave its approval to the change in alignment, under which the Kempegowda International Airport will be connected with KR Puram via Hebbal Nagawara. The route is expected to be commissioned by 2023.
The BMRC has identified 17 stations across the corridor which includes- KR Puram, Channasandra, Horamavu, Kalyan Nagar (Babu Sahib Palya), HRBR Layout, HBR Layout, Nagawara, Veeranna Palya, Kempapura Cross, Hebbal, Kodigehalli, Jakkur, Kogilu Cross, Peripheral Ring Road (Bagalur), Trumpet Intersection and two underground stations at KIA.
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, now with the change in alignment, the route will now become a 33-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.
Meanwhile, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is planning to build foot over bridges (FoBs) across Hosur Road to Metro stations. Around six FOBs will come up in localities, including Oxford College, Chikkabegur, Basapura Road, Hosa Road and Electronic City-I and Electronic City-II. The FOBs will come up under Phase-II developments.
With inputs from Housing News