From Times of India
Bengaluru: Whitefield is one place where there’s been a lot of dust kicked up in anticipation of the arrival of Namma Metro, prompting even chief minister Siddaramaiah to call for expedition of the work. Yet, the tony enclave of business hubs and residences will be the last one to get the mass rapid transit system as work on the stretch from Byappanahalli and Whitefield is most certain to be taken up last in the Phase II project.
The Phase II of the city’s ambitious infra project envisages extending the existing four radial stretches. While work has begun on Nayandahalli-Kengeri (6.4km) on the western corridor, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) is ready to float tenders for work on Puttenahalli-Anjanapura (6.29km ) stretch on the southern corridor. Plans are still on the drawing board for the proposed Nagasandra-BIEC (3.77km) stretch on the northern corridor and preparatory work is under way for Byappanahalli-Whitefield stretch (15.5km) on the eastern corridor. Given that the Whitefield stretch is the longest, the Metro is certain to chug into the locality well after it enters other areas.
Incidentally, no other locality has witnessed preparatory work for the project like Whitefield. With traffic literally crawling on most thoroughfares, residents and industries have been gingerly about the likely impact of work on the already nightmarish roads. The work is likely to drag on for at least five years.
Almost two years ago, BMRC began consulting various stakeholders—traffic police, BBMP and RWAs and industries in the area— on what all need to be done. The consultations resulted in BMRC and BBMP agreeing to widen the road before taking up the work on the elevated corridor above to ensure that there is not much traffic disruption.
“The final notification for land acquisition is out and people who will have to give up their lands already know about it. We are yet to calculate the compensation for these properties and deposit the total sum to the KIADB,” Pradeep Singh Kharola, MD, BMRC, told TOI.
BMRC has tendered to widen the Mahadevapura Road up to 25 metres and take up nine metres in the middle of the road to construct the elevated structure. The only solace for Whitefield residents could be that the BMRC will commission parts of the extended eastern stretch without waiting for the entire corridor to get ready.
The commuting hurdle
The estimated passenger car unit (PCU) at KR Puram is about 6,000 per hour on the flyover that goes towards Hoskote and about 7,000 per hour under the flyover that leads to Whitefield and Marathahalli, says traffic and transportation expert MN Sreehari.