BMRCL floats bids for remodelling of Baiyappanahalli Depot for the Purple Line

The city's new 57 km Blue Line, which will connect Central Silk Board - KR Puram - Bengaluru International Airport with Phase 2B (Airport Line), would be used to serve this train repair depot in Phase 2A (ORR Line).

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BANGALORE (Metro Rail News): Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) floated bids for proposals for the construction and remodelling of the operational Baiyappanahalli Depot for the Purple Line on Monday.

The city’s new 57 km Blue Line, which will connect Central Silk Board – KR Puram – Bengaluru International Airport with Phase 2B (Airport Line), would be used to serve this train repair depot in Phase 2A (ORR Line).

The depot, which initially consisted of 16 stabling bay lines (SBL), 3 inspection bay lines (IBL), and 4 repair bay lines, was constructed in Bangalore Metro’s Phase 1 by URC Constructions (RBL). With the potential to build a new floor, its renovation will increase stabling capacity from 16 to 42 lines.

This contract is being financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which approved a USD 500 million (approx. Rs 3680 crore) loan in December 2020.

  • Estimated Cost for the bids is Rs. 266.21 Crore.
  • Deadline / Period of Work is 821 Days.
  • Pre-bid Meeting will be held on 12th September, 2022.
  • Bid Submission Start Date will start 03rd October 2022.
  • Bid Submission End Date will be 07th October, 2022.
  • Technical Bid Opening Date will be 10th October, 2022.

Construction & remodeling of existing Baiyappanahalli Depot for Bangalore Metro Rail Project-Phase 2A are included in the brief scope of the tender.

In order to avoid affecting Purple Line train operations, Baiyappanahalli Depot’s remodelling is being planned in stages. The Blue Line’s CBTC-equipped trains will be the only ones served by Baiyappanahalli Depot after the Purple Line’s Challaghatta Depot and Kadugodi Depot are operational.

A smaller depot known as Doddajala Depot or Shettigere Depot close to the airport will assist operations on the Blue Line as well for which land acquisition for this depot is under progress.

Back in September 2021, the Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) contract worth Rs. 3.94 crores for both depots was given to the joint venture between PADECO Co. Ltd. and Ardanuy India Pvt Ltd.

As part of a 318 coach contract supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), both depots will house 222 new coaches (37 x 6).

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