Bengaluru, India (Urban Transport News): The construction works of much awaited Bengaluru Suburban Rail project will start soon. The Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited (KRIDE) has issued a work order worth Rs 849.97 crore to Larsen & Toubro for the construction of corridor 2 (Mallige line) from Baiyappanahalli to Chikkabanavara of Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project.
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 (BSRP).
A total of three major civil contractors - Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), Afcons Infrastructure Ltd and NCC Ltd - were participated in the contract package and L&T was declared as lowest bidder for the construction of 8 km (out of 25 km) stretch of Corridor 2 of the project.
“We are doing the on-board process. The contractor will mobilise their resources as early as possible to commence the civil construction work. The new railway line will come up parallel to the lines of South Western Railway (SWR), and the required clearance has been received for taking up the project,” said K-RIDE official.
K-RIDE has set a deadline of 24 months to complete the works.
The Central Government had approved Rs 15,767 crore project with four corridors - KSR Bengaluru to Yelahanka to Devanahalli (41.40 km), Baiyappanhalli to Chikkabanavara (25.01 km), Kengeri to Whitefield (35.52 km) and Heelalige to Rajanakunte (46.24 km).
In June 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for the much-anticipated 148.17-km Bengaluru Suburban Rail project.
The 25-km long corridor 2 (Mallige line) of Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project will connect Baiyappanahalli to Chikkabanavara with 14 stations.