Seeing a genuine need to provide connectivity south of the NICE Peripheral Road, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. has interestingly decided to add a new station in the Challegatta – Kambipura area to serve as the under construction Purple Line’s future western terminal in the Phase 2 project.
Contracts for the Purple Line’s 8.814 western extension from Mysore Road to Kengeri were awarded to IL&FS Engineering for Reach 2A in April 2015 and Soma Enterprises for Reach 2B in March 2016, but at that time didn’t include this station. The scope of Reach 2B (see map) did however include the construction of an approximately 2.5 km viaduct from Kengeri station across the NICE Peripheral Road in order to provide a connection to the proposed Challegatta Depot.
With the inclusion of this station, Reach 2A & Reach 2B will now consist & contribute 7 new stations to the network at Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore University, Pattanagere, Mailasandra, Kengeri & Challegatta.
As for the mechanics of construction, the BMRCL hasn’t revealed whether they’ll invite bids for this new station or modify the package’s scope and negotiate a new contract value with Soma Enterprises similar to what was done between LMRCL and Larsen & Toubro in Lucknow. If you were to ask me, I believe they will go for the second option. That’s a far easier & time-saving option.
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