Bengaluru’s metro line extension finalised

BENGALURU: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has finalised the contractor who will build the Nagasandra (Hesaraghatta cross) to Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) section of the North-South line. Although the Namma Metro authorities did not disclose the name of the successful bidder, BMRCL managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola said the work order will be issued within the next two days.

This is the fourth major contract that has been awarded under Phase II. The earlier ones were the Mysuru Road extension (two contracts) and Yelachenahalli (on Kanakapura Road). Although the tender documents set Rs 247.41 crore as the cost of the project, the final bid is not yet known. The tender also set 27 months for completion.

That puts the project‘s completion in mid-2019. This 3.03-km elevated line, Reach 3C of Phase II, will have three stations, namely: Manjunathanagar, Jindal and BIEC. All of them are on Tumakuru Road. Once completed, the Purple Line will extend from BIEC in the north till Anjanapura Township in south Bengaluru.

Last October, BMRCL had invited bids for the construction of elevated structures (viaduct and stations). The contracts also included road-widening at the project sites. In preparation for this section, BMRCL has already acquired about 62 private properties, an official said. However, the number of trees that could make way for this line is not yet clear.

The corporation is also awaiting permission from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), as the line falls on NH-4. Under Namma Metro Phase II, Soma Enterprises and IL & FS Engineering Construction Co have started work from Mysuru Road Station to Kengeri, at a total cost of Rs 659 crore.

Nagarjuna Construction Co has taken up the 6.5-km Yelechenahalli to Anjanapura section, at an estimated cost of Rs 508.86 crores. All these projects are expected to be ready by 2019.

Bids have been floated for civil work on the Baiyappanahalli, Whitefield and the RV Road, Electronics City-Bommasandra sections. However, the Gottigere Nagawara section, which is the most talked-about extension of Phase II, has not made any progress as of now.

Credits ET Realty

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