Bengaluru, India (Urban Transport News): The engineers of Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) has commenced construction activities for 25.57 kilometres Mallige Line connecting Baiyyappanahalli Terminal to Chikkabanavara in Bengaluru. Construction of first piers started for Section 4 of Mallige Line more than eight months after the contract was awarded.
"Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited (KRIDE), the implementing body of Bengaluru Suburban rail Project, has shifted all utilities (signalling and telecommunication lines, power cables, etc) along the Mallige Line that will connect Baiyappanahali to Chikkabanavar via Hebbal," said an official.
"The work was held up by delays in utility line shifting and land acquisition. After months of painstaking work, considerable progress has been made on both fronts," officials added.
The contract worth Rs 849.97 crore for the design and construction of the 8.02 km elevated viaduct was awarded to L&T last year with a 24-month deadline. However, the first test piles have only been cast recently at Hebbal and Yeshwantpur.
The scope of work includes design and construction of elevated viaduct of length 8.027 km (ch: -0.675 km to -0.050 km & ch: 11.137 km to 18.350 km) including ramps and formation in embankments /cuttings including blanketing, major bridges, minor bridges, RUB, ROB, ROR, retaining wall, sacrificial retaining wall and drains, utility diversions of at-grade section of length 17.551 km (ch: -0.964 km to ch:-0.675 km, ch: -0.050 km to ch: 11.137 km & ch: 18.350 km to 24.425 km) and other related infrastructural works from Benniganahalli to Chikkabanavara, excluding station buildings, of the corridor – 2 of Bengaluru Suburban Railway Project.
"Pre-construction activities are almost complete. Border wall construction is underway. A number of other preliminary works have also been accomplished, including surveys, geotechnical investigations and ground penetration reports. Environmental and social impact assessments have also been completed. At Yeshwantpur, a batching plant has been installed," said Vijay Kumar, General Manager (Civil), Corridor 2, K-RIDE. The piers will be built in few months.
A tender for construction of 12 stations on the Mallige Line will be issued next week. The stations will come up at Baiyappanahalli Terminal, Kasturi Nagar, Sevanagar, Banaswadi, Nagawara, Kanakanagar, Hebbal, Lottegollahalli, Yeshwantpur, Shettihalli, Myadarahalli and Chikkabanavar. Two more stations will be built at Kaveri Nagar and Jalahalli in the future.
K-RIDE has already invited bids for selection of the Detailed Design Consultant (DCC) for the Yeshwantpur depot.