ITD Launches Bangalore Metro Reach 1B’s Final Segment

Workers from ITD Cementation India Ltd. on Friday launched the final of 2125 segments near Vydehi Hospital – a major milestone for constructing the 7.218 km Sitharama Palya (Visvesvaraya Industrial Area) – Whitefield extension of Bangalore Metro’s Purple Line.

This section, referred to as Reach 1B of the 73.92 km Phase 2 project, is part of the 18.10 km Purple Line’s 15.257 km eastern extension from Baiyyappanahalli to Whitefield. The contract for its civil construction was awarded to the ITD – ITD Cem India JV in April 2017 with a value of Rs 683.79 crore.

ITD Cem’s team cast the first pier in November 2017 just north of Hope Farm Junction and then started launching segments in February 2018.

Reach 1B includes 7 new stations at Kundalahalli, Nallurhalli (formerly Vydehi Hospital), Sadaramangla (formerly Satya Sai Hospital), Pattandur Agrahara (formerly ITPL), Kadugodi, Channasandra (formerly Ujjval Vidyalaya) and Whitefield.

Route of Reach 1B between Sitharama Palya and Whitefield – view Bangalore Metro Phase 2 info & route map
Photo Copyright Pabitra Roy Chowdhury
Photo Copyright Pabitra Roy Chowdhury
Photo Copyright Pabitra Roy Chowdhury
Photo Copyright Pabitra Roy Chowdhury

The start of commercial services on Reach 1B depend on either Kadugodi Depot getting ready by Vascon Engineers (see latest site images) for stand-alone services OR on the 8.039 km Reach 1A (Baiyappanahalli – Sitharama Palya) section getting ready by ITD Cementation – both of which are no less than two years away from happening at this time.

At Kadugodi, approval is still pending for cutting about 120 trees, while work for Benniganahalli Station (formerly Jyothipuram / Tin Factory) and its adjacent viaduct on Reach 1A was recently observed (see this and this) to have restarted by Twitter follower WhitefieldWoes after being paused for over two years.

BMRCL’s latest October newsletter reports that a total of 610 properties have been acquired to finally close out the land acquisition process on Reach 1A and 1B, but 64 of those, which I assume are all on that Baiyappanahalli – KR Puram stretch, still need to be handed over to the engineering department for ITD Cementation to begin or resume work.

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


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16 Responses to "ITD Launches Bangalore Metro Reach 1B’s Final Segment"

  1. Rajinder Kaul says:

    Congrats team ITD

  2. Dr shyamprasad says:

    Great job
    Keep geeting contacts
    All the best for your future prospects

  3. Vijay George Richards says:

    ITD is very fast in executing these projects!!

  4. SHAM says:

    Any update on rolling stock for phase 2 extensions & new lines?

    • Clevin Gomes says:

      BMRCL,have awarded a contract to supply 216 coaches (36-6 coach trainsets) to CRRC Nanjing Phuzhen. The order is divided into 2 parts:-
      1)126 coaches (21-6 coach trainsets) will use DTG signalling system for Green and Purple Lines
      2)75 coaches (15-6 coach trainsets) will use CBTC signalling system for Yellow Line.
      BEML have also got a contract to supply additional 7-6 coach trainsets for Green and Purple Line
      As per contract, to promote Make in India Initiative CRRC will set-up their metro coach factory in Sri City, Andra Pradesh 75% coaches should be built in their Sri City Plant. But there are no updates on them. It seems that the coaches will arrive late due to current conflict between India and China or they have shelved the plan to setup the factory, just like CRRC Dalian have made with Nagpur Metro. They promise to setup their factory near Nagpur, but they didn’t.

      • Himanshu Doria says:

        They should have given this contract to the companies who manufacture locally like Alstom, Bombardier, BEML. Heck Titagarh would have been fine since they are setting up plant in Kolkata to manufacture Pune Metro Trains and work on it is in full swing.

        These Chinese companies never respect ” local manufacturing” clause in contracts and this same company was also responsible for the delay of commissioning of Noida Metro by 8 months.

    • TMRG says:

      Clevin has provided a good summary for the Yellow Line and Purple/Green lines.

      For the Pink Line, tender notice is pending for its rolling stock and other systems.

  5. Deepak Lalchandani says:

    Where can I see the updated metro map.

    When will this route be operational ?

  6. Darshan says:

    What about blue line

    • TMRG says:

      ORR section – award of contracts to Afcons and Shankarnarayana is pending

      Airport section – bid submission is coming up on December 14

  7. Santhosh says:

    I notice that ITD has been prompt in execution wherever they have right of way. The entire delay of this crucial line between Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield should be on BMRCL. They did not act fast despite knowing that Baiyappanahalli to K R Puram stretch should be given importance. This route is notorious for traffic jams every day during peak hours and Metro opening of this line will be a HUGE relief to Bengalureans. Anyways, good job ITD. Hope you get right of way in the remaining reaches ASAP.

    • TMRG says:

      Indeed a fab job! I remember some folks in 2017 were wondering if ITD would be able to handle 4 packages at the same time. This feat goes to show our contractors can execute on a timely manner if they’ve got full support from the operator.


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