India approves Phase II expansion of Bangalore Metro

23 February 2012 (Last Updated February 23rd, 2012 04:35)

The Indian Government has approved the INR264.05bn ($5.36bn) second phase of the Bangalore Metro Rail project, which includes four extension lines of Phase I and two new lines.

The Indian Government has approved the INR264.05bn ($5.36bn) second phase of the Bangalore Metro Rail project, which includes four extension lines of Phase I and two new lines.

Phase II of the project will cover 72.09km, while Phase I covers 42.3km; the whole project is expected to be completed by 2017-18, according to The Times of India.

The proposed four extension lines under Phase II include the eastern corridor from Byappanahalli to Whitefield via ITPL, covering 15.5km with 14 stations at a cost of INR 48.45bn ($983.7m), while western corridor from Mysore Road to Kengeri covers 6.46km with five stations.

A Phase II detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and updated by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC).

According to reports the two new lines, which have been approved for Phase II are on the arterial routes. This is the line from Gottigere to Nagawara covering 21.25km and 18 stations, with six elevated and 12 underground and the underground section will be 13.79km in length.

The 12 underground stations will be built near Dairy Circle, Mico Bosch, Langford Town, Vellara Junction, MG Road, Shivajinagar, Cantonment railway station, Pottery Town, Tannery Road, Venkateshpura, Arabic College and Nagavara, at an estimated cost of INR110.14bn ($2.24bn).

The second line will be from RV Road to Bommasandra, having an interchange station at RV Road, which is on the southern corridor of Phase I, covering 18.82km with 16 stations.

The extension of the northern corridor of Phase I, which is part of Phase II, will start from Hessarghatta Cross to BIEC on Tumkur Road, covering 3.77km with three stations, and the southern corridor from Puttenahalli Cross to Anjanapura Township on Nice Road, covering 6.29km with five stations and will cost INR29.34bn ($595.7m).

After completion, the total metro project will span 114.39km and will comprise of 101 stations, including 80 elevated, 19 underground and two AT-Grade.

The upgraded Metro Rail network will be able to carry 1.48 million passengers per day and is expected to reduce traffic congestion in the city.