BANGALORE (Metro Rail News): By August of this year, the Challaghatta Metro station, which is roughly 2 kilometres from the Kengeri Metro station, will be operational. The Challaghatta station was scheduled to open in March 2022 when the extended Purple Line between Mysuru Road and Kengeri was launched. Ninety per cent of the structural work on this elevated station has been completed, according to senior Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) officials.
“Along this route, a total of 70 spans have been built, and roof structure construction is currently underway. It will be finished by the end of March. Work on the finishing touches, such as placing stone on the floor, painting, and other outside work, will begin in the first week of February and be completed by July of this year,” a senior official stated.
The official stated that the welding work to join the rails has been completed and that plinths are being installed. “A total of 1,750 metres of rail must be installed, followed by the installation of fixtures around the rails. The power supply third rail will be completed later, “Added the official.
The Baiyappanahalli-Mysuru Road line was extended by 7.5 kilometres up to Kengeri on August 29 of last year. When asked why the delay occurred, an official responded, The most challenging aspect of the project was constructing a 56-meter span above NICE Road.
The second wave of the COVID pandemic, which resulted in a massive labour shortage, further slowed things down. The third wave also has an impact, as many workers are on leave or taking rest due to health concerns.
A small temple stood in the development, causing land acquisition complications. “To finish our work here, we had to finally dismantle it. While the physical work will be completed by July, the inspection and approval by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety may take longer. As a result, by the end of August, we’ll be able to run trains here, “added the official.
The Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout of the Bangalore Development Authority is also nearby. “An underpass has been suggested to provide communication between Challaghatta station to the layout. BMRCL and the National Highways Authority of India will work together on it. However, it appears improbable that it will be in place at the time of opening of the line.”