BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): The much awaited Bangalore Suburban Rail Project will finally take off from October this year with K-RIDE (The Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise) plans to invite tenders for one of the four corridors of the 148.17 km long suburban railway project.
The tenders will be floated first for the 25.01 km long corridor from Byappanahalli to Chikkabanavara with 14 stations and the tender process is expected to be completed in four months with construction activities to begin from October on this corridor.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa held a review meeting on Wednesday on Namma Metro and Suburban Rail Project. He instructed the officials to complete all preliminary works on suburban rail project by October.
The INR 15,767 Crores project will be implemented by K-RIDE which is a joint venture between the Government of Karnataka and the Ministry of Railways. The project comprises of four Corridors for a total length of 148.17 km. They are –
- Corridor -1 from KSR Bengaluru to Devanahalli of length 41.40 km with 15 stations
- Corridor -2 from Baiyappanahali to Chikkabanavara of length 25.01 km with 14 stations
- Corridor -3 from Kengeri to Whitefield of length 35.52 km with 09 stations
- Corridor -4 from Heelalige to Rajanakunte of length 46.24 km with 19 stations
These corridors will provide the much needed last mile connectivity to the commuters and will traverse through some of the densest and traffic congested areas of the city. It will also bring connectivity to the IT Industry of Bangalore.
According to an official, “With minimal land acquisition process and use of our existing Indian Railways infrastructure, the Suburban rail project with civil works will commence from October.”
“We should be able to manage the project and hopefully complete the entire network in the next 5 to 7 years,” he added.
Chief Minister also wants the work to start at the earliest at the ground level for the Bangalore Metro Line 2A & 2B which now got approval from Central Government also.
Phase-2A comprises construction of 19.75 km long elevated corridor connecting KR Puram to Central Silkboard with 13 stations while Phase-2B 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. Tenders are already invited for both corridors.
Chief Minister also reiterated that the new Mysuru Road-Kengeri section under Phase-2 of Bangalore Metro would be opened in July next month.