Now focus on phase-II for this Metro Rail System

BENGALURU: Following the launch of Phase-I and the average daily ridership of 3.25 lakh proceeding as per expected lines, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation has shifted its focus on its ambitious Phase-II project and the newly announced lines to Silk Board and Kempegowda International Airport. It is expected to transport 15 lakh passengers every day.

The sheer size of Phase-II is staggering. While phase-I running into 42.3km cost BMRCL `13,645 crore, this 72.1-km phase is set to cost `26,405 crore. In addition to it, the Silk Board-KR Puram line (Phase 2A) is set to cost `4,202 crore while the cost of the airport line (Phase-2B) will come out when the Detailed Project Report readied by BMRCL gets completed.

BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola is confident of completing all the lines by the end of 2020 with no deadline fixed for the airport line yet. The estimated cost for Phase-II was fixed in the DPR in 2011. “There will be major cost escalation but we will complete it within the amount specified,” he said.
Construction has begun on Mysore Road to Kengeri and Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura Township, while tenders are being called for in other stretches.

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About expected occupancy figures after completion of Phase-II, the MD said, “It will cross more than 15 lakh passengers per day.” Another top official claimed that KR Puram-Silk Board line could carry 10 lakh passengers per day.

The funding for both Phase-I and Phase-II have been mobilised with the state giving 35 per cent, the Centre 20 per cent and 45 per cent obtained through external borrowings.
With the state government okaying innovative financing measures and the new Metro policy laying emphasis on PPP for Metro projects, funding is unlikely to be a constraint for Phase-II or the next project, Phase-III. The European Investment Bank and AFD have agreed to fund Phase-II and talks are also on with Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Private funding

Embassy Group signed an MoU with BMRCL to develop Kadubee-sanahalli station for D100cr. Infosys will spend up to D100cr on Electronics City station while Wipro has expressed its keennessto adopt the Hebbagoddi Metro station. “Wipro and Infosys have done a good gesture of offering their land free of cost. NTTF  has also given us its land without cost,” said Channappa Goudar.

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Huge payouts

What has added to BMRCL’s expenses is the new Land Acquisition Act which has ensured fat payouts for landowners whose lands are acquired. “While the compensation was 30 per cent above the land price, it has been increased to 100 per cent above the market value. Instead of paying a compensation of around D2,000 crore, the amount has shot up to D6,000 crore,” said M S Channappa Goudar, General Manager, Land Acquisition Cell. A total of 111 acres has been acquired for Phase-II. A compensation of D1,708 crore has been paid to 1,514 property owners.

Gottigere to Nagawara line will be extended till airport

Gottigere-Nagawara line will be further extended to the Kempegowda International Airport. From Nagawara, it will head towards Hegde Nagar via Thanisandra Road. The line will subsequently take a turn at Jakkur towards Yelahanka from where the line will run along the existing road to the airport. The deadline for the airport line, estimated to cost D4,000 crore, is also 2020. The Detailed Project Report is being readied for the airport line. The Underground Corridor, officially classified as Reach-6, is expected to cost nearly D11,000 crore. It will have an interchange at the MG Road Metro station.

117 km total stretch of Metro Phase-2,2A and 2B

Phase-2: 72.1 km(The first four Reaches are extensions of Phase-I lines)
Reach 1: Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield
Reach 2: Mysuru Road to Kengeri
Reach 3: Hessaraghatta Cross to Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre
Reach 4: Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura Township
Reach 5: R V Road to Bommasandra
Reach 6: Gottigere to Nagawara

Phase 2A: New line from K R Puram to Silk Board (17 kms)

Phase 2B: Nagawara to Kempegowda International Airport – 28 kms

61 stations planned in  Phase-2

13 stations in Phase 2A

Phase 2B: Detailed Project Report being readied

Deadlines for numerous reaches:

Reach 2, Reach 4: 2018 end

 Reach 5, 1 & 3: 2020 beginning

Reach 6: 2020 end
Phase 2A: 2020 end
Phase 2B: Detailed Project Report being readied