Officials and engineers from Simplex Infrastructures Ltd. on Friday evening conducted a low-key groundbreaking / bhoomi puja ceremony to launch construction work on the 3.031 km Hessaraghata Cross (erst. Nagasandra) – BIEC extension of Bangalore Metro’s 24.20 km Green Line. This event for Reach-3C of the 72 km Phase 2 project comes a little after 3 months since the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) awarded them with a Rs. 298.65 crore contract.
This elevated extension in north Bangalore will be entirely elevated and consist of 3 new stations at Manjunathanagar, Jindal and BIEC (Bangalore International Exhibition Center):
This 3.03 km extension on Tumkur Road as well as the 6.29 km southern extension (Reach-4B) on Kanakapura Road will make the Green Line about 33.52 km long after both sections open up, at different times, between 2019-2021.
BMRCL’s June newsletter is supposed to be out any time now. Until then, here’s this section’s verbatim status as of May 1 from their May 2017 newsletter:
• The work of demolition of buildings has been awarded to M/s. SAI Retro Fabs for entire stretch. Notice to proceed with work is issued to the agency and the demolition of buildings will commence very shortly.
• The General Arrangement Drawings and Land plans have been prepared. The process for obtaining permission for use of NHAI service road for construction of Viaduct and Stations of BMRCL is under progress, with NHAI. Notice to proceed to start the work has been issued on 27.04.2017 to the contractor. Development of casting yard is under progress. Survey works are also under progress.
• Compensation packages in respect of 64 properties amounting to Rs. 99.11 Crores have been sent to SLAO, KIADB. Payment has been made in respect of 24 properties amounting to Rs. 39.60 Crores.
• Draft 28(4) Notification in respect of 6 properties required for electric utility shifting and BIEC Station is sent to SLAO, KIADB, Bangalore.
• Draft 28(1) Notification in respect of 3 additional properties pending with Government Press.
For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!