Bengaluru: Byappanahalli to Chikkabanavara suburban rail corridor work to commence

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BENGALURU: After long delays, the city’s ambitious suburban rail project is finally on track. Civil work on the 25km Byappanahalli-Yeshwantpur-Chikkabanavara (Mallige) suburban rail corridor is expected to commence in a month.

K-RIDE, a JV of the ministry of railways and the state government, which is executing the project, issued LoA (Letter of Acceptance) to Larsen & Toubro on August 26. The civil work tender for Mallige line was invited in November 2021 and opened in March 2022. However, there has been a delay in issuing LoA to L&T.

“We have issued work orders to L&T at Rs 859.97 crore. They already have man and machinery and other resources in the city for other infrastructure work including Namma Metro. We are expecting them to commence the work in three-four weeks” said a K-RIDE official.

The Mallige corridor will have stations at places like Byappanahalli, Kasturinagar, Sevanagar, Banaswadi, Nagawara, Kanaka Nagar, Hebbal, Lottegollahalli, Yeshwantpur, Jalahalli, Shettihalli, Myadarahalli, and Chikkabanavara.

K-RIDE officials said they are planning to float civil work tender for Heelalige-Yelahanka- Rajanukunte (Kanaka) line in two months. While the tender for Mallige was called first, officials said Kanaka will be operational before it. Tenders for the remaining two corridors: KSR Bengaluru CityDevanahalli (Sampige) and Kengeri-Cantonment-Whitefield (Parijaata) will be invited by December 2022.

Egis-Louis Berger-AECOM JV is the general consultant on the project. Gaurav Gupta, MD (in-charge) of K-RIDE and additional chief secretary of Infrastructure Development Department (IDD) said: “Work will proceed without any interruption. We are working to expedite all issues”

In June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to complete the project which was pending for the past 40 years in 40 months.

In October 2020, the Centre cleared the long-pending 148km suburban rail project at an estimated cost of Rs 15,657-crore While sanctioning the project in October 2020, the Centre had stated that the entire project (four corridors) would be completed in six years (2026) and the airport corridor (KSR Bengaluru City- Devanahalli) in three years (2023).

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