Metro Line to Bangalore Airport Finalized via Jakkur & Yelahanka

Karnataka’s Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning, KJ George, yesterday announced that the state’s Chief Minister has finalized the route for the city’s metro link to Kempegowda International Airport via Nagawara – RK Hegde Nagar – Jakkur – Yelahanka. This approximately 28 km line will run primarily on NH-44, and will be an extension of the Phase 2 project’s 21.25 km Gottigere – MG Road – Nagawara line which in March 2017 entered the tendering stage for its civil construction.

This finalized route doesn’t feature among the 2 routes suggested by RITES in October 2015 or the 9 routes the BMRCL sought public feedback on in September 2016 or even among the 4 routes finalized in late-April 2017. Its description was first mentioned on the sidelines of a Bangalore Development Authority meeting last week, but was not confirmed to have then been finalized by a Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson.

Confirming the Chief Minister’s decision, here’s what BMRCL’s MD had to say in an interview to the TOI:

It is a slightly modified route and it does not match any of the nine initially floated for public response. It is a mix of the sixth and ninth routes and was found to be the most cost-effective option. This will ensure both Yelahanka and Jakkur get Metro connectivity.

With that, here’s what the line’s alignment would most likely look like:

Map of Bangalore Metro’s link to Kempegowda International Airport

BMRCL will now work on preparing the line’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) which includes cost, length, stations, depot, signalling system, train operation plan, traffic forecast, alignment type (elevated/underground/at-grade) for different sections, land acquisition, funding scenarios and any possible future extensions. If the city’s 17 km Outer Ring Road (ORR) line’s DPR is anything to go by, then it could be ready as soon as July but there haven’t been any indications that work to prepare it will begin anytime soon.

For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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34 Responses to "Metro Line to Bangalore Airport Finalized via Jakkur & Yelahanka"

  1. Sanjay says:

    So what happened to all the public suggestions, comments and votes? That was merely drama?

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    • Manjunath L says:

      The reason behind the route is airport authority has strictly informed that metro should go from trumpet flyover bcz the other routes will go under the second runway. under the policy its not allowed.advantage under this route is. government is already acquired required land during high speed train project & its cost effective also.

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    • Krishna hariharan says:

      In this context, govt. has taken an excellent break-even decision. I strongly feel that public opinion was taken into consideration and govt. as a team has worked out the best possible and cost effective route. Moreover, imagine if govt. has decided to run the metro thru Hebbal, everyone commuting to Manyata would have had nightmare for half a decade because of road blockage. This includes every individual travelling to airport for these 5 years. In the current plan, most of the airport commuters will not have impact (in fact they will not even know) about metro construction progress till the line reaches Jakkur (which is close to 50% of construction complexity). Rest of the construction can happen un-interrupted towards side of current airport road.

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  2. Nachiketa says:

    This line would have to wait for the Nagawara-Gottigere underground line to be completed before operations can even begin. Would it not have been better if they had connected it to the green line? I don’t buy the Yelahanka-Jakkur excuse.

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  3. Manjunath L says:

    The reason behind the route is airport authority has strictly informed that metro should go from trumpet flyover bcz the other routes will go under the second runway. under the policy its not allowed.advantage under this route is. government is already acquired required land during high speed train project & its cost effective also.

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    • Sham says:

      What policy? How are Mumbai & Delhi building underpasses for vehicles below runways? Likewise there can be underground metro tunnels below runway.
      The route to airport via Nagawara-Kannur-Bagalur were shortest & best but costs may be higher because of elevated viaducts all through.
      In comparison, portions of the selected route might go on surface & also has the benefit of connecting Jakkur, Yelahanka & other developing areas further along Bellary road. So, maybe they chose this route.

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      • Manjunath L says:

        i dont think so underpasses are done in mumbai & delhi runways.one more reason behind this route is under phase 3 BMRCL as route connecting from sarjapur road to Yelahanka via koramngala, mekhri circle & hebbal. by this route airport can linked by two routes one by nagawara & hebbal as i mentioned.

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  4. Pradeep says:

    It would have been better if the route had gone through Hebbal. Any one know the reason why it didn’t go through Hebbal.

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    • Navnit S says:

      Yes taking it through hebbal would have helped, but I think there might be 2 reasons.
      1. The silk board – k.r.puram once complete might be extended to hebbal. Thus commuters can take that and switch at nagwara.
      2. Also I think most of the police traveling from airport to hebbal don’t have hebbal as their destination but need to go somewhere else, so as long as the airport line is connected to the rest of the metro network, I don’t think people would mind.( This keeping in mind the silk board- K.R.Puram line is extended to hebbal)

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      • srikanth says:

        The main reason to avoid Hebbal was the new NGT guidelines which will make it impossible to get clearance

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  5. Muthu says:

    Meanwhile today’s DH claims that the CMRS has been invited for PH1 inspection on May 24th.

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  6. Siddhant Kumar says:

    Please upload images of kalkaji magenta line station.

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  7. Shashidhar says:

    Why is Karnataka again delaying Airport Line by coming up with new modified line . Was the 9 routes opened for public consultation all time pass . BMRCL did not consult Airport Authority before announcing these 9 routes hence this change . Also BMRCL did not keep in mind that land was acquired for metro next to National Highway .

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    • Sham says:

      Oh c’mon. You were cribbing that a route had not been finalized & now when they finalize a route, you come up again with weird imaginary issues to continue the cribbing!

      As alteady mentioned, the route may have been chosen to cut construction costs by minimizing land acquisition costs (since land on Bellary rd is already notified /acquired), possibly going on surface, keeping options open for building addnl intermediate stations in future & also cover areas along Bellary road to make the route viable instead of running empty trains to airport.

      Public inputs are necessary to gauge preferences & inputs proved that majority wanted the line via Nagawara & not from Yeshwanpur or KRPuram. And the 9 routes they had proposed had included alignments on Bellary road too – read up fully before crying. And stop making silly & bizarre allegations & claims such as “they did not keep mind”. They dont fool anyone but make you look silly & kiddish, nothing more.

      If viable & cheaper, I’m sure they would have taken the route via Bagalur & direct airport authorities to make provision for tunnels below runway.
      The information that its against policy is incorrect as there are tunnels being built below runway elsewhere (Mumbai & Delhi).

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      • Manjunath L says:

        BIAL has ruled out allowing any underground construction below the second runway that runs perpendicular to the route. ABove details were given by BIAL is last month & BMRCL had proposed the 9 roures 6 months before.

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      • Shashidhar says:

        I have no interest in debating with kids like you .

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        • Shashidhar says:

          This message is for Sham

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        • Sham says:

          I have no interest either, but don’t like people who read being misinformed by posts that contain bizarre & bogus imaginary allegations every time, the way kids love to play. BTW I like kids!

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      • Krishna hariharan says:

        Totally agree with you…

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        • Krishna hariharan says:

          I mean I totally agree with sham!.. hebbal would have been a worst option.. airport commuters and manyata no employee’s​ would have had hard time for half decade

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  8. flthere says:

    So, the new line is technically Gottigere – Nagawara – Jakkur – BIAL … very lengthy line indeed ! Longer or like the purple line perhaps ?

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  9. Madhu says:

    I hope they again don`t change this route, considering 2 airport runways(Jakkur and IAF, Yelahanka) which run perpendicular to the metro line.

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  10. Partha says:

    I wish elections were held every 3 years in this state. The Metro would’ve been in ph-3 or beyond by now. 😀

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    • Arun says:

      As election year is nearing decisions are made at good speed. I was also thinking election should be conducted 4 years once:)

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  11. Murli says:

    If the metro airport link has to be patronaged, then average speed should be 60+ kmph compared to around 35kmph being done by lines within the city (purple and green line).
    The Gottigere-Nagwara line should be prioritised with funding and completion else it will meet same fate as the stretch between Sampige road and Yelchanahalli (green line) where overground is completed and underground is pending

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    • Krishna hariharan says:

      Murli.. you are right.. government is already thinking of deploying double the tbm’s to speed up the process

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  12. Shashidhar says:

    Airport Line is at risk of Nagawara line completion which has 13 KM of UG . going by BMRCL track record looks like we have to wait atleast 8-10 years for Airport Line opening .

    Also DPR for airport line it self will take some time . next it has to be approved by state and center and then bids invited and rest of the process .

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    • Krishna hariharan says:

      Shashi… This is process for any selected route… You should feel happy that metro guys for the first time took a sensible and analyzed decision…

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  13. Sham says:

    When the airport line comes up in 10 years, it will be viable, not earlier as intermediate areas are not yet developed fully.

    We do not want another fiasco like the Delhi airport line which was built at enormous cost + repairs due to shoddy construction by DMRC.
    The arbitration panel has also awarded full costs of some 5000 crs to RInfra. So, it has resulted in heavy costs & loss of taxpayers’ money.

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  14. Sriharsha says:

    The devanhalli was the best and fastest possible route. This could have been ready in less than a year. But all are interested in making money. Logic and reasoning is the casualty.

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    • Krishna hariharan says:

      Sriharsha… So you have/know a route that can be completed in less than 1 year is it? What is that route sir and what is the distance you are talking about? I am shocked ..can you please help me with details and logic of less than one year plan please?

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