Bengaluru metro rail officials are indicating that work on the rail corridor lying between HSR Layout and Electronic City is expected to begin sometime between June and July. According to them, the project which was supposed to start a year back was delayed due to acquisition of land and funding.
Catching up on lost ground
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has disclosed plans to employ up to three separate contractors for the Rs 1,800-crore project. Work would be divided from RV Road station to HSR Layout station, from HSR Layout station to Hosa Road station, and from Hosa Road station to Bommasandra station in an attempt to make amends and reduce time taken for the civil work.
On the topic of when work will start, BMRCL general manager (finance) UA Vasanth Rao in a statement said, “Soon after the tender document is submitted to us, we will scrutinise the applications, a process that takes a little more than a month. Later, the successful bidder would need about 45 days to two months to mobilise resources for the actual work to start.”
Off the 18.8 kms, 6.34 kms will be constructed between RV Road and HSR Layout at an estimated cost of Rs 820 crores. This section will consist of a road-cum-rail flyover near silk board, metro stations, and viaducts.
The remaining 12.5 km corridor will be constructed between HSR Layout and Bommasandra. At a cost of Rs 961 crores, this section will consist of 11 stations and viaducts. This portion will be divided between two contractors to expedite the construction.
While the tender process is put in place, the BMRCL aims to acquire the required land for the project. “Land from HSR Layout to Bommasandra will be in our custody in two months’ time. Besides, we need about two acres of land at Silk Board that belongs to the Central government. Negotiation is going on,” said a BMRCL official. He further added, “There was no problem in acquiring land between Jayadeva Hospital and BTM Layout. The issue of acquiring land between RV Road and Ragigudda, where the Lakshman Rao Park is located, is before the National Green Tribunal.