Just a month after pier work started for Bangalore Metro Purple Line’s 8.814 km Challegatta extension, now pier work has started on Kanakapura Road for constructing the 6.29 km southern extension of the Green Line to Anjanapura! The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. had invited bids for constructing this ‘Reach 4B’ section of the Phase 2 project in February 2015 and then awarded a Rs 508.86 crore contract to NCC Ltd. in January 2016 after which barricading works on different parts of the stretch began in April.
TMRG reader Prasanna Hegde spotted the first few piers taking shape close to Adyar Anand Bhavan (A2B) between the upcoming Krishna Leela Park & Vajrahalli stations.
Satellite view of this area:
Next steps: More rebar will be used to tie the existing rebar horizontally (see example). Once done, formwork (see example) will be brought in to facilitate a concrete pour and mold the piers into the desired shape.
The BMRCL is yet to convince locals and secure approals for cutting down trees on this stretch. The last meeting to resolve this dispute was held at Jayanagar in March, but didn’t end favorably for the BMRCL. Since then, the Urban Development Department has constituted a ‘tree committee’ to overlook all issues, whether to cut or replant trees, and their decision will be treated as final. Within the coming weeks, they are expected to submit a report on the BMRCL’s tree plantation claims for Phase 1 and also vet the BMRCL’s proposal for cutting 311 trees on Kanakapura Road & Mysore Road.
Here’s to hoping for the best 🙂
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