Two mass transit agencies have come together to build the suburban rail project with better coordination at Benniganahalli, near KR Puram in Bangalore. BMRCL decided to allow K-RIDE’s suburban rail corridor below the Namma Metro section at Benniganahalli. MD, K-RIDE, Amit Garg, informed that the Heelalige-Yelahanka-Rajanukunte suburban rail corridor (Kanaka Line) will run below Namma Metro’s KR Puram-Kempegowda International Airport (Blue Line) corridor at Benniganahalli. Both run parallel for about 500m and this will save a minimum of ₹150 crore in terms of land acquisition. Both agencies are working in coordination in the public interest.
Chief PRO of BMRCL, BL Yashwanth Chavan, informed that the suburban rail will run below the Namma Metro viaduct for a length of 500m adjacent to Benniganahalli flyover. While the KR Puram-KIA airport Metro corridor’s rail-level height will be 18-20m above ground, suburban rail will be around 12m. But there will be no double-decker structure as each one will be independent. Before this, K-RIDE had proposed to create a double-decker line at Benniganahalli for a 3km stretch and the length alone was expected to save the government about ₹300 crore in land acquisition cost as Metro pillars and land could be used to build the suburban rail corridor.