Namma Metro Phase 3 to be completed by 2024:BMRCL

RITES is preparing a DPR for two corridors: JP Nagar-Hebbal along the Outer Ring Road (ORR West) and Magadi Road from the toll gate (Hosahalli station) to Kadabagere

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BANGALORE (Metro Rail News): Activists and commuters want Phase 3 planning to be hastened, focusing on metropolitan regions because the BMRCL has set a 2024 target for Namma Metro’s Phase 2. As part of the Phase 3 project, BMRCL had previously proposed routes such as Carmelaram – Yelahanka, Marathahalli – Hosakerehalli, Bommasandra – Attibele, Gottigere – Basavanapura, RK Hegde Nagar – Aerospace Park, and Kogilu Cross – Rajanukunte. BMRCL will prepare a DPR for the 105-kilometre Phase 3 corridor, according to the 2018-19 state budget.

BMRCL identified three Metrolite lines for Phase-3 in 2019: Magadi Road Toll Gate to Kadabagere (13 km), Whitefield– Domlur (16 km), and Katamnallur Gate (near Hoskote) – Sarjapur Road-Hebbal (52km). This phase also included a 34-kilometre subterranean Inner Ring route from Hebbal to JP Nagar (ORR-West). BMRCL prioritised two Phase 3 corridors in 2020: the 13-kilometre Magadi Road and the 42-kilometre JP Nagar-Hebbal.

BMRCL, on the other hand, has failed to prepare a DPR for even one corridor. According to sources, getting approvals from the state and federal governments, mobilising finances, acquiring property, and locating contractors would take time. For example, the DPR for the first phase of the 42-kilometre network (Byappanahalli-Mysuru Road and Nagasandra-Ylachenahalli) was drafted in 2003, but the project was only finished in 2017.

Two highways that traverse through the core city areas, Hoskerehalli-Marathahalli and Yelahanka-Carmelaram, according to activists, should be restored. The Hosakerehalli-Marathahalli line will run through Old Airport Road through HAL, Domlur, and Town Hall. At the same time, the Yelahanka-Carmelaram corridor will service Hebbal, Shanthinagar, Dairy Circle, Forum Mall, Koramangala, Iblur, and Carmelaram. However, BMRCL put these two critical routes on hold to make room for the contentious elevated corridor project.

Metro should focus within BBMP/BDA borders, according to BMRCL, and suburban rail should be extended to surrounding districts and satellite towns. “Hoskerehalli-Marathahalli and Yelahanka-Carmelaram are two key Metro lines that were rejected for the elevated corridor project,” said Pruthvin Reddy, a commuter rail activist.

More Metro lines through CBD areas are needed, and BMRCL should concentrate on the core city areas. Furthermore, to decongest the city, BMRCL should develop more Metro or Metrolite corridors rather than elevated corridors. This will help people access a Metro network every 1-2km,  he exclaimed.

RITES is preparing a DPR for two corridors: JP Nagar-Hebbal along the Outer Ring Road (ORR West) and Magadi Road from the toll gate (Hosahalli station) to Kadabagere, according to BMRCL officials. “DPR of these corridors would be available by June,” BMRCL managing director Anjum Parwez said. By 2030, we hope to have a Metro rail network with a total length of 317 kilometres.” But right now, only 56 kilometres of the network are now active.

“We had suggested a fully underground Inner Ring Metro (IRM) line connecting sites like Yeshwantpur, Cantonment, Indiranagar, Koramangala, Ashoka Pillar, and Mahalakshmi Layout,” said Ashish Verma, IISc associate professor (transportation systems engineering).

The Comprehensive Mobility Plan does contain this. However, it was not prioritised. For example, a spider-web-like Metro network is required in a circular metropolis like Bengaluru. However, government agencies focus on the outskirts rather than decongesting congested central city regions. As a result, the city will be decongested more by expanding the Metro network than by road widening and flyover projects.”

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9 COMMENTS

  1. There is a lot of talk but little progress on the ground. The Bangalore metro is stuck due to political reasons. They want to make money.

  2. First get the proper map of the yellow line. It begins from RV Road to Bommasandra and not from Lalbagh…..

  3. Old /outdated news. The routes quoted are no longer in phase-3.
    Please update and then post correctly. Also, as someone has already mentioned, the station names have been mixed up on the map.

  4. At least have some shame. phase2 will complete only after 2032. please dont lie @Narendra Shah

  5. BMRCL should think of running metro from yalahanka to kengeri via ring road, as i have for many years while travelling through bus. lot of people commute in this line as every bus is almost fully loaded. If they want they can continue it till Banashankari 6th stage and BIAL. this would earn them good revenue also. Land problem also may not affect much if they run through ring road. please think over.

  6. Where is the line to connect
    HAL
    Old Airport Road
    Domlur
    Kodihalli
    Koramangala

    Why has this stretch been ignored

  7. I think it would be good route to have a Peripheral ring road style metro in the south bangalore instead of starting from JP nagar, as JP nagar is already in close proxitmity to Banshankari / Jayadeva metro station….
    This new periperal metro can starts from bennerghatta national park -> konankunte cross -> uttarahalli -> kengeri -> nagarbhavi BDA (via shirke) -> kanteerava ->hebbal -> kempapura….
    Think about it….

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