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With only six stations, trust Bengaluru Metro to take you to the airport faster


BENGALURU: Travelling in Namma Metro to and from the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will be a breeze, as only six stations are planned on the 30-km stretch from Nagawara.This puts each station at an interval of not less than five kilometers, enabling trains to run at speeds of 80 kmph.

In the completed phase-I and under construction phase-II, metro station are between 800 metres to 1 km from each other, and the average operating speed of a train is around 30 kmph.

Though the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) was tight lipped about information related to the project, sources in the state government said chief minister Siddaramaiah himself is looking at the Detailed Project Report (DPR).“The report will then be tabled before the state Cabinet for approval,“ an IAS official said.

Namma Metro will connect the air port from Nagawara, which is an extension of the north-south line under phase-II. The stations planned at RK Hegde Nagar, Jakkur, Yelahanka, Chikkajala, one on the KIAL road and another at the terminal. The project is expected to cost Rs 5,900 crore.

“The alignment is planned in such a way that there will be minimal land acquisition (as most of the line runs parallel on the airport road) except to build stations. This will also bring down pressure on state government as acquiring land for the project is its responsibility,” the official noted.

Besides funding from the state and central governments, the BMRCL is expecting financial assistance from foreign lenders as well as the Bangalore International Airport. “We are not looking at a PPP as this stretch is not as populated as the Whitefield or Electronic City line,” he added.

BIAL’s president and executive director, Hari Marar, confirmed that there would be two Metro stations on the airport’s property, one half-way through the main road and another at the terminal. “We are actively coordinating with BMRCL on the alignment and for facilities required to establish it,” he told ET.

Depends on Phase-II
Though the airport Metro project comes under Namma Metro phase-II (B) -with a 2020 deadline -the commissioning of this project depends on the completion of the Gottigere Nagawara line which runs underground for 13.79 km. The BMRCL, which is yet to award contracts for tunneling and station-building on this line, took five years for similar work in the now-completed phase-I.

Source: The Economic Times | Updated: Oct 02, 2017, 11.17 AM IST


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