As many as three major bottlenecks for the construction of the Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield line have been cleared, paving the way for smooth execution of Reach-1A & 1B lines of Metro’s Phase-II by the end of this year. The 15.25-km elevated line will have 13 Metro stations and a new depot at Kadugodi. Managing Director, BMRCL, Anjum Parwez informed that the Railway Board has approved the 3,500 sqm of land that BMRCL required near KR Puram station for widening the road and the corporation is giving them equal land in exchange.
According to M S Channappagoudar, General Manager, Land Acquisition, this is a big breakthrough as they had been requesting for almost a year and had also identified an equal portion of land to be handed over to BMRCL. It is in the possession of BDA and they have agreed to transfer the same. This will facilitate laying the road between Tin Factory and KR Puram towards Marathahalli and Whitefield as they have already secured the remaining land from private parties and road widening work has begun. The line also required some land on the Benniganahalli Lake bund to lay Metro pillars and road work for which they have created a Diaphragm Wall running 14 metres, which goes from the top of the lake bund to below the lake. This is to prevent water from gushing onto our structures and the construction work has already begun.
Bengaluru Railway Division has also given a green signal to take the Metro network forward over the Salem railway line near Benniganahalli as they need to put in place the BMRCL’s elevated structure running 65 metres above the line for which the Indian Railways has given the permission.