Date of Post : 09 Aug, 2017
Bangalore: The Light Rail Transit System (LRTS) project in the city, will be entrusted with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). This follows a decision by the state government recently to shift the project from the Infrastructure Department to the Urban Development Department.
The Bangalore Airport Rail Link (BARL) has been the nodal agency for the project.
- The proposed elevated project (42km) is likely to be extended by 2 kilometer.
- The proposed elevated project is expected to cost between Rs 10,000 crore (approx US$ 1562.5 Million) and Rs 11,000 crore (approx US$ 1718.75 Million).
- “Since Metro would be covering the Eastern portion of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) connecting K R Puram and Silk Board under the Metro Phase-2A, it has been decided to entrust it with the Western portion of ORR where the LRT has been conceived,” Additional Chief Secretary, UDD, Mahendra Jain said.
- Jain said,“Instead of having two agencies to implement rail projects on this road, we have now decided to bring it under one agency. The Managing Director of BMRCL will also take over as the MD for the LRTS.”
- LRTS was proposed under the Comprehensive Traffic & Transportation Plan for the city In 2007.
- BARL Projects (Director) C Jayaram denied any major delay in its implementation.
- “It was in May 2010 that tenders were called for an agency in connection with Detailed Project Report. The DPR was ready in 2013 and placed before the government.”
- He said,“The proposed cost of the project was Rs. 8,000 crore (approx US$ 1250 Million) then and it has now increased to Rs. 10,000 crore (approx US$ 1562.5 Million).”
- The Cabinet gave its approval on September 1, 2016.
- “The project will be funded by Innovative Financing methods as has been planned for the K R Puram-Silk Board route,” Jayaram said.
- He added, the LRTS will be completely elevated & is aimed to complement Metro’s Phase-II.