Bengaluru: With Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation’s (BMRCL) missing several deadline with regards to completion of work for phase 2, state government feels they will meet the 2021 deadline. The target seems ambitious given the deadlines being missed by the JD(S)-Congress coalition government feels the deadline in achievable for Bangalore Metro.
There are doubts whether BMRCL will be able to meet deadline as work is not being carried out as per desired pace. In the second phase the Bangalore metro project will cover a stretch of 118 km. In the joint session of the Legislature Governor VR Vala shared a 19-page insight on the project’s progress. During the speech Vala highlighted the priorities as well gave broad perspective to the government.
Namma Metro Phase II, which consists of four extensions of Phase I and two new lines, furthermore covers the 19-km Outer Ring Road stretch from the Central Silk Board junction to KR Puram (Phase II-A) and the 30-km stretch from Nagawara to the Kempegowda international airport (Phase II-B). When concluded, Phase II is likely to have a regular ridership of 20 lakh people, the governor shared. The metro at present has a daily ridership of less than 4 lakh.
In a review done by BMRCL, the work on second phase is running behind the deadline. It is almost three years behind the schedule. Ironically it is the Mysuru Road and Kanakapura Road extensions will be up and running by 2021. In fact as per earlier estimate work on this stretch has to be completed by this year itself. Work on this stretch has slowed down. It was expected that after governor’s speech, state government will look to revise the deadline, but that has not happened yet.
Governor in his speech has stated that the current government will work towards improving civic infrastructure, housing, water management and traffic control systems. He also said that public will have access to free Wi-Fi along with installation of close circuit cameras offering security to one and all.