Location of UG Stations on Bangalore Metro’s Gottigere-Nagawara Line

I just got my hands on a document which displays a highly detailed design of the 13.79 km underground section of Bangalore Metro’s 21.25 km Gottigere – Nagawara line which will be developed under the 72 km Phase 2 project. The document was produced by AECOM, a global engineering design firm, which got appointed as Line-4’s detailed design consultant (DDC) in 2015-16.

As mentioned previously, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. is in talks with EIB to fund this section’s construction, but hasn’t been able to secure a deal and get all the nitty gritty loan parameters set in stone. As such, this section remains the only part of the Phase 2 project for which the BMRCL has not yet invited civil construction bids for – see current status map here.

The underground section’s ramp will be located between Jayadeva Hospital and Dairy Circle while its northern terminal at Nagawara will be located north of the Outer Ring Road near Elements Mall. Civil work has been divided up into 4 packages with each package consisting of 3 stations:

• Package 1 – Dairy Circle, MICO Industries, Langford Town
• Package 2 – Vellara Road, MG Road, Shivaji Nagar
• Package 3 – Cantonment, Pottery Town, Tannery Road
• Package 4 – Venkateshpura, Arabic College, Nagawara

I can’t share the document here, so I’ve marked the exact center point of all stations’ boxes (typically 250m long x 30m wide) using blue M symbols. The line’s alignment might be a little off here or there, but the location of the stations is accurate with some stations planned to be built under roads (eg. Bannerghatta Road) and a majority under private land (eg. along Tannery Road) which will need to be acquired.

Note – land acquisition for this section is still in its infancy and some of you might have even noticed preliminary notifications by KIADB in the local papers. Depending on the outcome of that, the locations might change slightly by the time construction work begins.

Click or tap on the M symbol to view its name in the map below:

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

– TMRG

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69 Responses to "Location of UG Stations on Bangalore Metro’s Gottigere-Nagawara Line"

  1. Arun says:

    What about from Hegde Nagar towards Jakkur .can you share pls

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, for that extension, only the line’s general alignment has been fixed – see this post.

      Next step would be to create a Detailed Project Report and that’ll provide station locations (suggested site, alternate sites). Give it some time.

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  2. Swaroop says:

    Nagawara will also be underground ?

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  3. Jogi says:

    Any tentative year of completion?

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    • TMRG says:

      BMRCL and state govt are sticking to 2020. Recently one of BMRCL’s engineering officials said 2022 in a community TED-talk type event.

      Year of completion depends on many interlinked factors – funding, land acquisition, bidding (keep in mind system bids such as rolling stock, signalling haven’t been invited either), tunneling progress, post-tunneling completion etc etc. That said, I just don’t see it opening before 2024.

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  4. Prashanth M says:

    Whoever you are – you’re doing an awesome job! Thanks for all these detailed information 🙂

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  5. Hari says:

    Your awesome…. take a bow…

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  6. Oswald says:

    Why would they want to put Vellara Junction station near Baldwin’s school. It is nearly 500-600 m from Richmond Road, below which phase 3 line is planned.
    How effective will the interchange be if the keep it 1km apart?

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, that new PH3 line might be generally planned below Richmond Road, but for all we know, its new station could be built closer and under Campbell Road. That station will be very deep and require quite some land around it, so I doubt it would come up directly below Richmond Road.

      BTW, the north-end of Vellara Jct Station of this line is about 250m from Richmond Road.

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      • Oswald says:

        Hi TMRG,

        According to the KIADB notification which you have shared in one of the threads (http://imgur.com/7BBKBg7) and with a little bit of local knowledge of the geography near Vellara Junction I know the properties which are to be acquired for the Vellara Junction station mostly belong to the following establishments

        CSI Tustees – All Saints Church
        Divisional manager of Burmha Shell – BP petrol bunk
        PV Francis,David – Hotel Tom’s and Fathima Bakery

        All these lie between Richmond road and Campbell Road.

        In the map it is shown that the station will be south of Campbell road. Is extra land been acquired for building the station or is the station been built in between Campbell road and Richmond road?

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        • TMRG says:

          Nice observation! This is interesting.

          The docs show the station box taking up the entire width of the road between Masjid-E-Askari (excluding) and Baldwin Methodist College’s buildings with 2 major entrances at Baldwin HS playground (north-west side) and Rashtriya Military School (south-east side). North of that, the tunnels are shown to pass under “Lusitania” frozen foods, some unknown “super market” and “Hotel Thomas”.

          Since KIADB is acquiring the lands you mentioned, it looks like its location has been moved a little northward. Perhaps Baldwin objected to it being right in front of their main gate?

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  7. yantraka says:

    How are Detailed Design Consultants (DDCs) appointed? Do they have to bid in a tendering process?

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    • Sandeep says:

      It is a design and build contract . The contractor finalises the design consultants .

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    • TMRG says:

      Yantraka – yes, DDC’s appointment is fixed via a 2-step bidding process. This service is usually one of the first tenders of the construction stage and I’ve covered their appointment in the Mumbai, Vijayawada & Ahmedabad sections.

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  8. M.LAKSHMI KANTA says:

    Land acquisition for under ground stations of Nagavara Gottegere line is not appearing in KAIDB notification or any local news paper.The gazzete notification made on 30-3-2017 is still not readable in media.It appears that KARNATAKA Govt and BMRCL as well as KAIDB are hiding this information from Public

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  9. Arun says:

    Hi TMRG,

    Do you know the station location for the reset of portion form Jayadeva to Gottegere. As I live in that section just curious to know.

    Your efforts are much appreciated.

    BTW. Donate — “Buy me a BEER”, is that a valid link?

    Regards,
    Arun

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, I don’t have that section’s design. BMRCL hasn’t released a doc on it either like they did for BYP-Whitefield or RV-Bommasandra lines.

      Yes – the donate link is valid 😀

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      • Arun says:

        Enjoy the beer over the weekend:) You deserve it!

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      • sourav dasgupta says:

        Hi,

        I am probably pestering you with the same question 3rd time😊. Did you get any info on where thwe metro station location for Gottigere. Is it right to calculate 7 km from Jaydeva junction and assume the metro station to be at the end of 7 km.. I am just thinking aloud.

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  10. Nithin says:

    Hi TMRG,

    What about the exact station locations from Gottigere to Sagar Hospital on this line.

    Regards,
    Nithin

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, I don’t have that section’s design.

      BMRCL hasn’t released a doc on it either like they did for BYP-Whitefield or RV-Bommasandra lines.

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  11. Parthasarathy S says:

    I hope funding becomes finalized soon and becomes easier once phase -1 ridership increases substantially (If only they had 6 coach trains, it could’ve been even higher. Now at least some people will avoid using metro because of congestion).

    BTW, why on earth did they plan 3-coach trains in the first place?

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    • Parthasarathy S says:

      And yes, thank you for the update – as always :)!

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    • Sham says:

      For 5 years before the full purple line was completed, metro ridership was very poor. Perhaps a single coach could have sufficed!

      Accumulated losses would have been much higher if 6 coach trains had been used as operating costs would have been almost double. So, getting loans would have been much harder.

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      • Parthasarathy S says:

        Makes sense.

        But, BMRC should have been ready by this time (after all, it is revenue loss now – and since past year since entire Pink line was opened)?

        Anyway, no point as that’s how they chose to prioritize it. It would’ve been great for both BMRC and commuters to have those 6-coach trains by now.

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    • Shashidharv says:

      Also planning for the future , BMRCL should have planned the stations for 8 Coaches as its done in Delhi for some routes .

      Once the phase 2 and phase 3 is completed BMRCL may struggle with 6 coaches as well.

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      • M.LAKSHMI KANTA says:

        The present ridership from Silk board to Hebbal is already requiring six coach. Only we will now when it really realised as funding for this by private establishment in this showed interest are dragging

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  12. Rahul says:

    Generally do they float tender after land is acquired??

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, completion of land acquisition has never been a requirement. Despite concluding Whitefield line’s bidding, you can still see land acq notifications in the papers (see recent example) or Karnataka gazette.

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  13. Raphael/Link-Skywalker says:

    Hey, will BMRCL use platform screen doors on this line ?

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    • TMRG says:

      BMRCL’s docs from 2014-15 indicate the use of PSDs on the two new lines, but I haven’t seen any development on that.

      Depending on the funds available, they might invite bids for it only after core system bids for rolling stock, signalling, AFC. Let’s see…

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  14. Jose says:

    Around 1 lakh employees work in Manyata tech park. We can expect a huge crowd of Manyata employees alighting at Nagwara station once this route is completed. It will be nice if there is direct subway/skywalk ( will be about 350 mts long )from Nagwara station connecting Manyata. Without this they will have to walk for close to 1 km in the congested service road.

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, the owner of Manyata (Embassy Office Parks??) would have to fund that. In the design doc, I see BMRCL will provide 4 standard entrance/exit structures in the immediate vicinity. Connectivity beyond that would have to be funded by whoever wants it.

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  15. aneesh says:

    Hi TMRG,

    Why cant they have a proper line where they can connect with the existing lines and go as interconnected routes rather than cris crossing it??

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    • TMRG says:

      2 possible reasons – (1) piecemeal planning throughout India (2) line efficiency is met when trains remain dedicated to their line & don’t have to slow down to enter another line. Chennai is currently struggling with this where they’ve allowed Green Line trains to use the Blue Line up to the airport. The station display systems & announcements are way off from what I hear.

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      • sham says:

        Further, almost all metro systems across the world are built in stages with line additions. Even extensive metro networks like those in New York, London or Paris mostly use separate corridors for separate routes as it makes the system efficient by providing dedicated tracks for different lines & avoids duplication whilst making it easy for commuters with interchanges where they cross.

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  16. Murli says:

    HI TMRG,
    Thanks for providing the UG stn location details. After thoroughly looking at the map of these stations, I am completely disappointed with the location choosen. Most of the stations are around 300 to 400 meters away from crucial areas where commuters would like to arrive at or depart.
    Any public transport should take care of minimising distances of transport Interchange

    Example

    Baldwin school station – Should be much closer to Vellara junction
    MG Road station – Should be located more southward so that interchange time with pink line is reduced
    Shivajinagar Station – Should locate closer to Shivajinagar bus stand.
    Cantonment station – Should be located more northward and maybe directly under Cant Railway station
    Pottery town station – If there is a entrance on the right side of railway track then ok
    Nagawara station – The biggest users here will be Manyata Tech Park employees and hence the line can deviate a bit and station located underground of MTP

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    • Sham says:

      I had a close look too. Except for Vellara, all others look Ok.The station locations marked are the exact centers of stations (as stated by TMRG). So, roughly 125mtrs on both sides (along the line of the tunnels) will be occupied by the station following which there may be direct subways to connect important points like Manyata, MG Rd (interchange), Shivajinagar bus stand etc. like they did in 1st phase at all UG stns (Cubbon park, Vidhana soudha, Sir Visweswaraya etc).

      The problem is only at Vellara as the distance seems nearly 500mtrs. So, a 1/2 km walk will be required (at the very least) to interchange trains whenever the ph3 line gets built. Even for accessing the junction & Richmond rd, one has to take a 0.5km hike once out of the station.

      I don’t think its possible to build station below Cant stn with heavy rail trains running above.

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      • TMRG says:

        Exactly.

        To give you all an idea of station scale & size, the new MG Road Station’s box will take up the entire Kamaraj Road’s length between MG Road & Cubbon Road. The new & old stations will go on to form a ‘L’ shaped structure at different levels which’ll be connected by a series of stairs and escalators allowing easy transfers.

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        • sham says:

          I think the location for Vellara has been chosen south of Richmond road to facilitate the construction of another UG station along Richmond road in ph-3. I have a feeling that the station in ph-2 will probably be at a deeper depth to allow the other one in ph-3 to be built above it. The terrain also suggests this as there is a gradual rise of the surface up to Richmond road after which it slopes downwards towards MG road.

          TMRG, your thoughts on this? What is the depth of this station below surface on the drawings?

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  17. Syed Khaja says:

    Hi TMRG please explain. the deccan herald’s report says “the BMRCL has received in-principle approval from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for Rs 3,700 crore loan for the 13.79-km underground section in Phase 2.” link http://m.deccanherald.com/articles.php?name=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deccanherald.com%2Fcontent%2F610576%2Frs-3700-cr-loan-likely.html

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, “in-principle approval” is a very Indian term and doesn’t amount to anything. Things are simple:
      1) BMRCL and EIB are in talks to fund this
      2) No deal has been struck
      2) EIB has a certain set of requirements that need to be met: (a) proper environmental impact assessment – see report (b) proper handling of resident resettlement – see special policy (c) unique bidding parameters with more stringent requirements
      4) Tenders docs for construction are ready, but will only be published & sold when a deal is struck.
      5) Even after reaching this stage of talks, things between the lender & operator can fall apart. Eg. JICA and Madhya Pradesh (Indore/Bhopal) or JICA and Amaravati where JICA has walked out.

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  18. JC says:

    Any update on the innovative funding model for ORR metro…?

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    • TMRG says:

      I’m sure there are talks going on behind the scenes, but there hasn’t been any announcement or blurb on it so far.

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  19. Rahul says:

    Good news….Barricades have started putting up in roads near NICE road junction for Ph-2…

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  20. sanjeev dyamannavar says:

    Metro station spacing for U?g Section Bannergahtta- Nagawara are at worng places and even line does not go in straight line.
    Poor planning on the integration with other modes. This will create more mess.
    Like Cantonment station, MG Road, ShivajiNagar, Nagawara, Richmond Road.

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  21. sanjeev dyamannavar says:

    Ph-2 DPR can we get

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  22. saif says:

    TMRG, well done for your efforts,

    do you have a mapped link for all the metro stations on PH1 and 2 , as that would be a very helpful tool.

    would you know if the nagwara airport link is an extension of this Line 6 or a new line all together ( does Nagwara become and interchange?)

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  23. Santhosh says:

    Was always curious how underground station will be constructed with existing station elevated ? Now I got the answer. I was guessing they would build it on ManekShah Parade grounds but I also knew military would definitely not give this prized possession to BMRCL even for a day….. Thanks for the info

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  24. Nithin Nayak says:

    Any input on Alignements of Gottigere to swagath?

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  25. Jose says:

    Hey just wanted to know, a station is going to be built on Hosur Road that is Vellara Junction. ie: The Petrol bunk, Toms Hotel, Fatima Bakery etc etc. Is it not going to hamper the water reservoir behind the above mentioned properties. As this teservoir is supplying water to crores of homes. localities such as Richmond Road, Austin Town, Neelsandra and Koramangala.
    kindly adv.

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  26. partha b says:

    Going by the experience with phase 1 underground tunneling I think once the work starts it would take atleast 5 years to complete this line. The whole route is through congested old areas of the city and it would bring the entire CBD area to a grinding halt for few years.
    Also as the airport line is being planned to start from nagawara , so no airport connectivity also for next 5 years atleast. OMG the work has not even started!!!

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    • sham says:

      I think your statement “the entire CBD area to a grinding halt for few years” is incorrect. Majestic, City Market, Malleswaram, Yeshwanthapur, Richmond town, even MG road areas will be unaffected (except for road closure of Kamraj rd between MG rd & Cubbon rd, but there are alternate roads).

      Even Shivajinagar & Vellara may remain unaffected as stations are planned off the roads. The rest of the UG section passes in areas like Tannery rd & Nagawara rd – these are not really CBDs as ORR connects Nagawara from both sides. Hosur rd construction is on service rd. So, the pain points will only be RV rd to Silkboard & Bannerghatta rd (elevated section).

      Airport connectivity will take longer as it is still in prelim stage. Shouldn’t cause too much of a problem as the airport rd expressway + alternate roads should take care of connectivity in the interim.

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      • partha b says:

        Airport connectivity is urgently required.
        If u have you travelled to/from airport from city in peak hours on working days through hebbal then you know the current situation and nothing more need to be said.
        .

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        • sham says:

          Most of the delays are within city up to Hebbal. With alternate routes, this problem can be overcome.

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  27. Sk says:

    As per the plan shown, Nagawara station is located at Praveen Electricals and Electronics. But recently, there is a news that station will be near Nagawara outer ring road junction. Any update on this?

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  28. Prashanth says:

    I stay at Navodaya nagar JP Nagar7th Phase, but i dont have any frequest buses to catch Puttenhalli metro station. I don’t know how to reach there as i cant be able to afford to Taxi or Auto. Any idea how to reach to Puttenhalli Metro station?

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