BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): The Phase 2 work is expected to be hindered as 3,500 migrant labourers have left Bengaluru and go back to their respective hometowns. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation with private contractors had hired 9,100 workers for under construction as part of phase 2 with a distance of 72 km stretch.
BMRCL MD, Ajay Seth stated that the workforce has shortened as only 5,600 of the 9,100 workers now remain. Both additions in line Kanakapura Road and Mysuru Road will be available by 2020.
The deadlines for both construction lines are August 2020 & October 2020, respectively, but now it is expected to be extended as civil work is still to be finished.
For another 4 lines, the dates are supposed to be shifted due to the Covid-19 crisis and lack of migrant workers. The Centre is still to allow the Silk Board-KR Puram-Kempegowda International Airport line, that is supposed to be operational by 2024, so civil work is still to start.
E Sreedharan, India’s Metro Man & DMRC principal adviser had declared that for every day Metro is stopped it would cost Bengaluru Metro nearly Rs 1.5 cr almost.
The 14 days mandatory home quarantine rule became another issue. It’s not easy to keep the workers from other states in the quarantine facility. They state camps are already located in isolated areas so there is the least contact.