Earlier this month, workers from Vascon Engineers Ltd. resumed site preparation activities for constructing Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project’s Kadugodi Depot in Whitefield after being suspended for more than a month due to the nationwide COVID-19 related lockdown.
Coming up on what is legally still ‘forest land’, Kadugodi Depot on the 15.257 km Baiyyappanahalli – Whitefield extension of the Purple Line, along with the Challaghatta Depot in south-west Bengaluru, will in the future service and stable all trains on the 42.17 km line.
Construction for the depot’s structures, site development works, internal roads and drainage works was awarded to Vascon Engineers Ltd. on October 23, 2019 with a contract value of Rs. 159.89 crore.
Per the depot’s layout in the tender documents, it’ll consist of 24 stabling lines, 4 inspection lines, 4 workshop/repair lines and a 310 m test track.
To facilitate the depot’s construction, the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change in December 2019 finally approved (see letter) the transfer of 18.11 hectares (44.75 acres) of forest land to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) with a set of 14 conditions.
The BMRCL still requires approval to cut 120 trees within the site – and from the looks of it – its approval is still pending from an ‘expert committee’ setup by the Karnataka government.
Here are some nice images from Twitter follower @WF_Watcher (Whitefield Woes) shot earlier in March (pre-lockdown) and a few weeks back. Check out his page for views from Hoodi Junction, Garudacharpalya, ITPL, Vydehi Hospital, and more.
March 2020 – Start of Site Preparation
The pier cages seen below belong to the Depot-Line of Reach 1B (7.218 km Visvesvaraya Industrial Area – Whitefield) which is being built by ITD Cementation India Ltd through a Rs. 683.79 crore contract awarded in April 2017.
May 2020 – Resumption of Work
Video of a road roller flattening and compacting soil –
Short video at Whitefield Metro Depot site. pic.twitter.com/cFzzgH601x— Whitefield Woes (@WF_Watcher) May 9, 2020
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