Bengaluru: Kengeri expected to get Metro link by April | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: If things go as per plan, Kengeri residents may be able to enjoy Metro rides from early next year.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) plans to begin operations on the 6km Mysuru Road-Kengeri Metro corridor by April 2021. The south-western extension of Namma Metro’s Purple Line is expected to bring huge relief to thousands of Kengeri residents.
“We hope to complete work and testing by March. Next will be an inspection by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) and commissioning may happen in April, though we are still aiming for March,” BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth told TOI.
The elevated section will have seven stations — Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Jnanabharathi, Pattanagere, Mailasandra and Kengeri bus terminal and Challaghatta. The Challaghatta section, which lies across NICE Road, is likely to be operational only in 2023.
Many commuters on Mysuru Road say the project is already delayed. “BMRCL always misses deadlines. They should at least ensure that they meet this one. It will be a relief for thousands of passengers in southwest parts of Bengaluru,” said Anand T, a Kengeri resident.
While BMRCL awarded the Mysuru Road and Pattanagere section to IL&FS Engineering in April 2015, Soma Enterprises received the contract for Pattanagere to Challaghatta depot in March 2016. Till October, 96% of civil work between Mysuru Road and Pattanagere was completed, while 94% of Pattanagere to Challaghatta depot is over. Sources say track and electrical cable-laying works between Mysuru Road and Kengeri have been completed.
However, BMRCL has missed multiple deadlines for this corridor: December 2018, March 2019, November 2019, October 2020 and February 2021. “In 2018, IL&FS ran into a financial crisis which slowed down work between Mysuru Road and Pattanagere. We have been working with subvendors and contractors of IL&FS to complete the work. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown caused a reduction in workforce, which further delayed the project,” said a BMRCL official.
In 2019, the state government approved construction of a new station and multi-level parking at Challaghatta at an estimated cost of Rs 140 crore. Some15,500 daily passengers are expected to use the station once it is operational.
In January, BMRCL awarded a Rs 4.4 crore contract to STUP Consultants Pvt Ltd as the detailed design consultants for Challaghatta depot and inter-modal integration hub (IMIH).
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