Here’s a post with some new images of Bangalore Metro’s 1.5 km Sampige Road – Majestic section of the Green Line! I’ve already shared these images on Twitter, but am doing so here for the benefit of those not on it.
This little section is extremely vital to the city as the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation currently runs fragmented operations on the Purple & Green lines, and with its opening, it’ll make life a lot simpler for commuters who currently have to take a shuttle bus between the two stations. Needless to say, its opening will also have a sweet multiplier effect on ridership numbers that’ll increase revenue collection. Tunneling works for the 2 tunnels of this section were completed using TBM Margarita (CEC-SOMA-CICI team) and TBM Godavari (Coastal-TTS team). See more details on them here:
Images from north to south:
As you would have noted by now, track-laying & other system installation work is yet to start and that is fine as civil engineering projects of this nature & scope with multiple contractors take time to be developed & molded into a usable facility for the masses. Track plinth work was reported to have started in the June newsletter and once that is wrapped up along with the cross-passage work, then track-laying work will start.
But if you were to go by the BMRCL’s CPRO, then track-laying work commenced in May along with “cabling and telecom” work in June. Back in April, the CPRO was peddling asinine dreams of this section starting operations in “June-July” (see: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3) almost as if they’re playing with Lego. The lack of sincerity and frankness to admit actual progress, plans & time-frames is sickening and that explains why the BMRCL has such a poor reputation among all metro organizations.
Contractors on the Purple Line’s underground section took an abnormally long time of 16 months from the last breakthrough to finish track-laying work. I don’t expect it’ll take the same amount of time here, especially when the BMRCL has come up with reassuring alternate plans to sprinkle pixie dust and make the entire Phase 1 running by the November 1 deadline.
— BMRCL (@cpronammametro) July 6, 2016
The contractor’s engineers are not aware of any other or new plans. And an inquiry about the alternate plans has gone unanswered.
For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!