Thursday, October 05, 2017

Kempa Gowda International Airportmetro link DPR ewady, but for phase 2 or 3 ?

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is proposing to build an elevated corridor to Kempe Gowda International Airport (KIA). But the question is will it be included under ongoing Phase 2 or Phase 3? BMRCL has submitted a detailed project report (DPR) of Nagawara-to-KIA metro link to the government. The report is expected to be placed soon before the state cabinet for approval.

The project would cost Rs 5,900 crore and would entail a 29-km line. The entire line will have an elevated corridor, except for a stretch near Yelahanaka air force station. Earlier, there were reports of the metro going underground after the trumpet interchange towards KIA, but the new DPR has no such proposal. The metro will have stations at Hegde Nagar, Jakkur, Kogilu Cross, Chikkajala and KIA. The DPR suggests that the train could be operated at a maximum speed of 100 kmph.

A senior government official said, "The metro link to the airport was originally a part of Phase III project. However, now there is a proposal to expedite the project and make it a part of the ongoing phase II project like Silk Board-KR Puram line. The state cabinet will take a call on the issue and the file is now before the Bengaluru urban development minister for approval." Like Silk Board-KR Puram line, the state government is mulling over generating revenue through innovative financing to implement the project. The official said, "There is a need to generate funds through various sources. BMRCL may also ask KIA authorities to bear the cost of building two metro stations, which have been proposed between the trumpet interchange and the premises of KIA. However, nothing has been finalized. These issues will come up for discussion after the state cabinet gives its approval."
05/10/17 Bangalore Mirror

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