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News Entry# 328950
Feb 08 2018 (14:14) Karnataka budget likely to flag off Namma Metro phase 3 (
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A further expansion of the metro network in the city could get a go-ahead in the state Budget scheduled for February 19. The budgetary announcement would pave the way for the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for the implementation of Namma Metro Phase 3.
While the first phase of the 42-km network has been up and running since mid-2017, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) is now engaged in the construction of the 72-km Phase II. Recently, the state government approved Phase II (A) between Silk board and KR Puram and Phase II (B) which connects Kempegowda International Airport from Nagawara.
in the BMRCL confirmed that the proposal, seeking approval for Phase III project, has been sent to the Chief Minister's Office. Officials, however, remained tightlipped on the scope of the project, number of stations and the alignment.
In the past, preliminary work on mega projects like the metro — such as approvals from the state and central governments, arranging funds and acquiring property — has taken more time than actual execution. For example: the Bengaluru Metro took three years to prepare DPRs for the first phase in 2003 while the project reached completion only in 2017. The preparation of DPR for the second phase began in 2008 and was submitted in 2011. Even after seven years of work, the 72-km network which was expected to be ready in 2020 is unlikely to meet even the 2022 deadline.
The feasibility report for Phase III, which was prepared by RITES in 2013, identified important areas like ring road, Magadi Road, Southeast Bengaluru areas, Old Madras Road, Sarjapur Road, Koramangala and Yelahanka for metro connectivity. While the airport and a part of the ORR was brought under Phase II, the other areas could well be included in Phase III.
"The in-house team of BMRCL has prepared a traffic analysis report to understand where the metro should be built. This is apart from the study by RITES," an official said.
Commuters have been demanding metro connectivity on congested roads such as the Old Airport Road (up to Hope Farm junction), Indiranagar to Koramangala, Whitefield to Hoskote, Sarjapur Road from Iblur junction and also the KR Puram-Nagawara-Mysuru Road stretch.
During his Independence Day address last year, chief minister Siddaramaiah had announced that the BMRCL was planning a 92-km Phase III project. "Bengaluru will have a metro network of over 200 km in the next five years," he had said. Considering that each kilometre of metro costs ₹350 crore, the 92-km Phase III would cost over ₹32,200 crore.
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