Around three kilometres of the 15.5 km Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield metro line will run in land on which high-tension wires are presently erected. To make way for the metro, the overhead lines will be relocated underground. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has taken this decision in order to minimise land-acquisition costs.
Land needed for Phase II line of Namma Metro is expensive, especially in Whitefield. To buy land for the line, BMRCL needs to spend around Rs 5,500 crore as the acquisition cost in the area ranges between Rs 6,000 and Rs 12,000 per square foot. With its decision to reduce to a minimum acquisition of land between Kundalahalli and Satya Sai Baba stations, not only will BMRCL save a lot of money, it will also save buildings, including those in IT parks, on the stretch.
Acquiring land adjacent to the present 220 Kv cables would cost crores of rupees, while shifting the wires underground will cost only Rs 64 crore. The BMRCL has already deposited this money with the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) to execute the job.
Elaborating on the cost-cutting method, a BMRCL official told Bangalore Mirror, “Usually, BMRCL acquires 10 metres of land along the two sides of the metro line to build its elevated infrastructure. Not only is acquiring land for metro an expensive affair, it is also difficult. To minimise land acquisition on this particular stretch, we decided to shift high-tension cables in this stretch underground.”
Land acquisition in progress
The BMRCL has already started the acquisition process for land it needs for this project. It has issued final notifications to the landowners and hopes to take possession of land along the other 12 kilometres stretch within two months.
Of this, the official said, “We have already paid money for the acquisition of 30 properties. Settling of the payment packages and taking possession of the land will take a little time. Some properties have been bought over by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).”
Credits Bangalore Mirror