Karnataka CM Announces New 37km Metro Corridor to Connect Hebbal to Sarjapur
Bangalore, India (Urban Transport News): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in his state budget speech on March 4, 2022 announced a new metro line from Sarjapur to Hebbal as part of Phase 3 of the Bangalore Rail Metro Project . The estimated project cost for the 37 km line which will pass through Agara, Koramangala and Dairy Circle is Rs 15,000 crore.
“Steps will be taken to prepare a detailed project report in 2022-2023. The line had never been seriously discussed in the past five years. The state budget also mentions the Namma Metro Phase III project which is estimated to cost Rs 11,250 crore. This covers 32 km of outer ring road from Hebbal to JP Nagar and a separate line of 13 km along Magadi Road,” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
“The proposed metro line would also cover many areas of the central business district. “About 16.80 km from Koramangala to Hebbal will be underground,” said Anjum Parwez, Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, adding that it will cover several important sites such as Bellandur, Agara, St John’s Hospital, NIMHANS, Central College, Cunningham Road, Mekhri Circle and others.
The proposed line will connect Hebbal to Sarjapur with 29 metro stations at Hebbal, Veterinary College, Gangenahalli, Mekri Circle, Palace, Guttahalli, Cunningham Road, Basaveshwara Circle, Central College, Town Hall, Wilson Garden, Nimhans, Dairy Circle, Sudduguntepalya Koraman, St. Johns Hospital, Gala, Jakkasandra, Agara, Ibbalur, Bellandur Gate, Kaikondrahalli, Doddakanalli Gate, Carmelaram, Ambedkar Nagar, Kodati, Sulikunte, Muthanallur Cross, Dommasandra Circle, Sompura and Sarjapur.
The state government has announced that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Phase 3 of Bangalore Metro will be submitted to the central government for approval. Two new lines have been proposed as part of phase 3: one which will connect JP Nagar to Hebbal over a distance of 13 km, and the other from Hosahalli to Kadabagere. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 11,250 crore.
Regarding the status of ongoing metro projects (under Phase 2 and Phase 2A and Phase 2B), the budget indicated that by next fiscal year, 33 km of metro line under construction will be operational. “BMRCL plans to open a section on the yellow line from Bommasandra to the Central Silk Board by next fiscal year. For this, a depot near Electronic City will be made operational,” Parwez said. other sections expected to be made operational during the same period are Baiyappanahalli – Whitefield on the purple line and Nagasandra to Madavara on Tumakuru Road.
“The RV Road to Central Silk Board section, which is part of the yellow line, will be opened later, as the metro-rail flyover works will take longer,” he added.
The Chief Minister has said that the 58 km metro line between the Central Silk Board and Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will be completed by March 2025.
The budget also said that the 148 km suburban metro line in the city will be completed by 2026. In his speech, the Chief Minister said that civil works from Baiyappanahalli to Chikkabanavara will start soon. Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited (K-RIDE), the executing agency, has already launched the tenders for this corridor.