Bangalore Metro | Work on ORR line has started in Bengaluru

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Bangalore: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) has came out with its initial message for the properties that will be needed for the outer ring road (ORR) line. This project is of 36,782 sq mt of land including 48 properties that will be acquired.

Proposed Silk Board-K.R. Puram (ORR) line of Namma Metro
Proposed Silk Board-K.R. Puram (ORR) line of Namma Metro

The first project that will be build with the supports from the corporate on Namma Metro lines will be a rs. 4,202 crore project. This will connect KR Puram junction to Silk Board junction (phase- 2A) via ORR and it will be 17- km elevated line.

On February 28,2018 it received the state cabinet’s approval. Ms Channappagoudar the general  manager of land acquisitions, BMRCL told the Media that 48 properties have been notified and the total land acquires comes to 36,782 sq mt. the metro line acquire the smallest property.

Ms Channappagoudar the general  manager of land acquisitions, BMRCL told the media that 48 properties have been notified and the total land acquires comes to 36,782 sq mt. the metro line acquire the smallest property.

This line is fully elevated so they are looking for land that can support pillar the viaducts and the entry exit points of the stations. The portion of land is required only for the Iblur station. The lines does not need any landmark property and the acquires patches of land are open spaces. A single property will be taken for the biggest parcel of the land from 3,000 sq mt and no problem will be there as it is a state government land. Ms Channappagoudar said BMRCL has issued a warning to the Karnataka industrial area development board, which will sent the list to the government for its approval before it is dispatched to property owners. A few months ago MOV’S have signed with the embassy group for developing Kadubeesanahalli  metro station and with intel for developing Bellandur metro station. Three packages and the process is being finalised now and the tenders have already been issued for the ORR line. By 2021, this line along with the rest of phase II will be completed says BMRCL. With 13 metro stations this line will connect reach 1 (Baiyappanahalli to MF road) and reach 5 (RV road of Bommasandra) of phase-II.

When asked about the overall land position of the 72.1 km phase-II project the Channappagoudar said BMRCL has acquired 168 acres so far and have also paid a compensation of rs 3,145 crore.

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  1. When will the Gottigere Nagvara Airport line will begin? When the land for stations will be acquired?

    • L&T has emerged as the lowest bidder for two packages (Vellara – Shivajinagar & Shivajinagar – Tannery Road) of the 13.92 km underground section on the red line. The quote is 13% more than BMRCL’s initial estimate but it looks like L&T are on course to win the contract. The contracts for the remaining two packages (Dairy Circle – Vellara & Tannery Road – Nagawara) are yet to be awarded but a decision should be made soon to meet with the March 2023 deadline (Although it’s unlikely that the underground section will be operational within this time frame). As for the elevated section (Gottigere – Dairy Circle), tenders are yet to be floated since BMRCL haven’t finalised the alignment along Bannerghatta Road & Outer Ring Road. Construction shall commence only after BBMP completes the ongoing road widening works on Bannerghatta Road to upgrade it to a 45 m/150 ft wide stretch. Land acquisition is in progress for the same. The airport connection has been rerouted via Hebbal to run alongside ORR & NH 44 and will most likely become a part of the extended ORR line (Krishnarajapuram – Hebbal) which was to be taken up in Phase 3 but might now be fast tracked into Phase 2A. The Mangaluru gas pipeline runs under the earlier proposed alignment through Hegde Nagar & Jakkur which was supposed to be an extension of the red line from Nagawara as a part of Phase 2A. Seamless connectivity to the airport might not be possible till the completion of Terminal 2 and the new runway which is slated for opening in March 2021, since the alignment within the airport zone can only be finalised after the same. All in all, it is indeed good news that the underground section of the red line is finally moving forward along with construction of the yellow line as well as the four extensions to the present Phase 1 network on the purcple & green lines. The ORR line from Silk Board to Krishnarajapuram is still stuck with issues on the land acquisition front and thus might be the last section to open in Phase 2A.


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