The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today announced its board’s approval to lend USD 500 million (approx. Rs 3680 crore) for the development of Bangalore Metro’s 56 km Blue Line (Phase 2A and Phase 2B) which’ll connect Silkboard – KR Puram – Bengaluru International Airport through 30 stations.
ADB had cleared the loan’s concept on December 6, 2019, performed a fact-finding mission from 26 May to 15 June, and then held its management review meeting (MRM) on 14 September.
- Phase 2A (18.2 km ORR Line): Silkboard – KR Puram with 13 stations at KR Puram (interchange with the under construction Purple Line), Mahadevpura, DRDO Sports Complex, Doddanakundi, ISRO, Marathahalli, Kodibisanahalli, Kadubeesanahalli, Bellandur, Ibbalur, Agara Lake, HSR Layout, Silk Board (interchange with the upcoming Yellow Line).
- Phase 2B (37 km Airport Line): KR Puram – Kempegowda International Airport with 17 stations at Kasturinagara, Horamavu, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, HBR layout, Nagawara, Veerannapalya, Kempapura, Hebbal, Kodigehalli, Jakkur Cross, Yelahanka (erst. Kogilu Cross), Bagalur Cross, Bettahalasuru, Doddajala (formerly Trumpet Junction), Airport City and KIAL Terminals
Here are some relevant excerpts from ADB’s press release:
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (8 December 2020) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $500 million loan to construct new metro rail lines in Bengaluru, India.
The project will construct two new metro lines, mostly elevated, with a total length of 56 kilometers along Outer Ring Road and National Highway 44 between Central Silk Board and Kempegowda International Airport. It will also establish 30 metro stations which will include multimodal facilities, such as bus bays, taxi stand, motorcycle pools, and pedestrian walkways and bridges. The needs of vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, women, children, and differently abled persons, will be integrated in the design of the facilities.
An additional $2 million technical assistance grant from ADB will help the state government formulate urban development plans and their implementing frameworks, focusing on transit-oriented development and multimodal integration. This will also strengthen the capacity of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited and other state agencies to implement transit-oriented development and multimodal integration.
For Phase 2A, Afcons Infrastructure & Shankaranarayana Constructions had emerged as the lowest bidders for its construction in October. Contracts for that have not yet been awarded, but this approval should expedite things.
Bids for Phase 2B’s construction (3 packages) were invited in July with an original submission deadline of September 3. That date has been moved thrice, and the current submission deadline is December 22 at 3 pm.
Both phases are awaiting the Central Government’s cabinet approval, but that is not a deal breaker as far as the start of construction work goes.
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