Work on Metro Phase II to Start in Five Months

Bangalore, Dec 4, 2012, DHNS

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Managing Director N Sivasailam on Tuesday said work on Namma Metro phase II would begin in five months.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the launch of automatic ticket vending machines (TVMs) at Namma Metro stations along Reach-1, he said preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) was in progress and that it would be completed soon.

"We are working on land acquisition and design details. And the last mile approvals for Namma Metro phase II are pending before the Planning Commission of India. It also needs to be approved by various other Central government departments. The project will begin once the approvals are secured," he said.

On the progress of Reach-3 (between Sampige Road and Peenya), Sivasailam said work on the 66-metre span over the railway line in Malleswaram had begun and it would be completed in four months.

With regard to underground work, Sivasailam said that the tunnel boring machine (TBM) Helen was 50 metres away from the Vidhana Soudha station and that Margarita was 300 metres away. Added to this is the approval secured by the high-powered committee to set up Baiyyapanahalli integrated transport hub project.

Amita Prasad, Principal Secretary to the Urban Development Department (UDD), said since the estimated cost of the project was huge, time to finalise approval was prolonged.

Estimations and costs
Metro phase II, which includes four extension lines and two new lines with a total length of 72 km, is estimated to cost Rs 26,405 crore.

Phase II is expected to be completed by 2017-18. Once both phases of Namma Metro are complete, there will be smooth connectivity from Majestic to Whitefield in the East, Kengeri in the West, BIEC along Tumkur Road in the North and Anjanapura Township in the South. Also, two new lanes under phase II from Jayanagar to Electronics City and Nagavara to Gottigere are expected to prove useful.

TVMs inaugurated
The BMRCL launched automatic ticket vending machines (TVMs) along Reach-1 stations at MG?Road, Indiranagar and Baiyyappanahalli.

Passengers can now buy a single journey ticket (token) by selecting the destination or the amount in the TVM, avoiding the queue at counter.

Amita Prasad said TVMs will make life more easier for Metro commuters.

"The facility is on a par with similar systems in London and other parts of the world," she said. To assist passengers in the beginning, assistants will be posted near TVMs, the BMRCL officials said.