Date of post: 11 Jan, 2019
The Karnataka cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal to change the alignment of Metro Rail from KR Puram to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), which will increase its length by another 8 Km. The cabinet also gave its approval to a feasibility study on the Rs 23,093 crore suburban rail project in the city.
- These were the government’s ‘new year gift’ to Bengaluru, Cooperation Minister Bandeppa Kashempur said.
- The new alignment for the metro rail would start from KR Puram, via Hebbal Nagawara and then to the KIA.
- The Metro rail route was an extension of the Nagawara-Gottigere stretch also known as Reach-6 of second phase, as per the previous plan.
- The route was supposed to pass through RK Hegde Nagar after Nagawara, without touching Hebbal junction.
- The change in alignment would increase the length of Metro Rail from KR Puram to KIA from 29.8 kilometer to 38 kilometer.
- Accordingly, the minister said, the over-all cost will go up from Rs 5,950 crore to Rs 10,584 crore.
- The train will run through Nagawara, Hebbal, Jakkur and an additional station of Kodigehalli, BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd) MD Ajay Seth said.
- Nagawara will be the train intersection.
- There will also be a non-stop service from CSBJ (Central Silk Board Junction) to the airport.
- Also, the cabinet approved acquiring land for the project and getting all the clearances from the Central government.
- A revised financial plan for Metro Phase-2-A from CSBJ to KR Puram was also cleared.
- A additional Metro station at Challaghatta was also approved.
- The minister said, Challaghatta Metro station will be built at a cost of Rs 140 crore.
- On the suburban railway corridor, the cabinet gave its nod to the feasibility report that will cover 6 corridors:
1. KSR (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna ) Bengaluru to Devanahalli
2. Vasantha Narasapura-Tumakuru-Byappanahalli
3. Ramanagara to Jnanabharathi
4. Whitefield to Bangarpet
5. Hosur to Doddaballapur
6. Kengeri to Whitefield
- Kashempur said, “The cost of the project at this stage is Rs 23,093 crore, of which 20 per cent will be borne by the state and the centre, while the balance will be raised through debts.”
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