NEW DELHI: The Central Government on Monday has given approval to Phase-2A & 2B of Bangalore Metro Rail Project with total length of 58.19 km. The total cost of the project is expected to be INR 14,788.101 Crores.
Phase-2A comprises construction of 19.75 km long elevated corridor connecting KR Puram to Central Silkboard with 13 stations while Phase-2 comprises construction of 38.44 long corridor connecting K R Puram to the Kempegowda International Airport via Hebbal Junction with 17 stations on the route.
According to Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda, the project, estimated to cost Rs 14,788.101 crore, will be completed in five years from the date of sanction.
As per Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), “The project involves integration with other urban transport systems in an efficient and effective manner and will streamline the city’s urban transportation system. The Sanction Order of Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase 2A & 28 has been issued today.”
A statement from the Union Cabinet said that the project will streamline Bengaluru’s urban transportation system, which is currently stressed due to intensive developments, heavy construction in the city and an increase in the number of private vehicles, putting stress on travel infrastructure as well as industrial activities. Once completed, the metro project will provide reliable, safe, secure, and comfortable public transport to the public.
In April this year, the Union Cabinet gave approval for these same two phases of Bangalore Metro. Both phases are expected to become operational in next 5 years.
The project is vital as it will ease traffic congestion on the roads leading to the airport and will also contribute in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.