Bengaluru, India (Urban Transport News): The Bangalore citizens now have to wait for more than one year to commute on the 8-km long Seetharampalya-Whitefield Metro section of Bangalore Metro. However, civil work on this section is almost complete but the delay in the construction of the depot at Kadugodi is delaying its launch for the public.
According to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), 99 per cent of civil work on the section is over as of March 2021, while 86% is complete on the Byappanahalli-Seetharampalya corridor. The 7km Seetharampalya (Visvesvaraya Industrial Area)-Whitefield section has stations including Seetharampalya, Kundalahalli, Nallurhalli, Sadaramangala, Pattandur Agrahara, Kadugodi, Channasandra and Whitefield.
This corridor will also connect Byappanahalli depot but BMRCL will not be able to commission this section because of the delay in getting permission for tree removal at the Benniganahalli lake area. The depots are needed for daily maintenance and feeding trains for the metro corridor.
According to BMRCL, the land acquisition problems between Byappanahalli and KR Puram and delay in getting the approval for tree cutting at Tin Factory and Kadugodi depot delayed the section, which was supposed to be ready by 2020-end. Stations along the 8km-long Byappanahalli-Seetharampalya corridor include Benniganahalli, KR Puram, Saraswati Nagar, Gurudacharpalya and Hoodi Junction.
BL Yeshwanth Chavan, CPRO at BMRCL said that civil work from KR Puram to Whitefield will be completed by June 2022, but the present covid situation is likely to affect the progress. Work on the Kadugodi depot is in progress and will be completed by December 2022.
He said that an additional area of 7,200sqm is needed at Benniganahalli lake from Lake Development Authority (LDA). Approval has been granted for 91 trees — 52 will be translocated and 39 felled. Work has started recently. The work pertaining to stations at Kadugodi and Whitefield, roofing structures and architectural finishing is on.
Stating the status of track laying between Whitefield and KR Puram, Chavan said, “Of the13km route, flash butt welding of rails has been completed for 11.5km. Also, 3.2km of track plinth casting is over.”