The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) yesterday revealed an updated detailed map of its 15.257 km elevated Reach 1A & 1B sections which will extend the 18.10 km Purple Line further eastward from Baiyappanahalli Station under the 73.95 km Phase 2 project. The alignment of the line shown in this new map resembles the alignment revealed on December 9 2016, except that it now terminates at Ujjval Vidyalaya Station instead of the Whitefield Station which was planned south of the Kodugodi Bus Station.
The line’s curtailed design is just another change among a series of late-changes, of varying degree, being carried out at different locations all over the city for the new network, such as Bangalore Cantonment & RV Road, due to a host of reasons.
Here are BMRCL’s old and new maps. I’ve added labels & arrows for clarity. A link to each map, in its unadulterated form, is in the caption below each map.
Old Map by BMRCL (Released in December 2016)
New Map by BMRCL (Released in September 2017)
The reason for dropping the Whitefield Station is unknown (perhaps to cut down cost? Perhaps their inability to acquire land to cut down a dense growth of trees?), but should be out in the media over the next couple days. Like the protests over the Cantonment Station’s new location & its negative effects on inter-modal connectivity, prepare for some outrage from locals on this change as well.
Update – As per the Economic Times, land acquisition is indeed the reason-
“Although the land belongs to the state government, acquisition of any forest land which is more than two hectares needs approval of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change,“ Dipika Bajpai, deputy conservator of forests, Bengaluru Urban. The department, she added, has received a request from the Namma Metro authorities.“Since they require more than 25 hectares of land both for depot and station, we will write to the Union Government,“ she added.
This suggests the issue is temporary in nature, but as far as current plans go – the station will not be constructed along with the rest of Phase 2 at this point of time.
Update#2 – The station has now been added to the map. It should have been there regardless of land acquisition issues. Instead of coming up on the eastern side of Whitefield Main Road, they’ve now switched its site to the western side.
Distance to Kadugodi Bus Station – approx. 120m
Distance to Whitefield Railway Station – approx. 350m
— The Metro Rail Guy (@TheMetroRailGuy) September 10, 2017
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Hat tip to Naveen Menezes