The Union Government’s cabinet today approved construction of Bangalore Metro’s 57 km Blue Line (Phase 2A and Phase 2B) linking Central Silk Board – KR Puram – Airport at an estimated cost of 14,788 crore.
The government’s official press release can be viewed here on PIB’s website which provides a generic objective of the project.
Details on funding have not been released, but in the past the government’s India Investment Grid (IIG) website has revealed the following breakdown, with the Central Government’s share at about Rs. 2000 crore.
Phase 2A’s Estimated Cost: Rs. 5,227.35 crore
- ADB: Rs. 1,479.46 crore
- JICA: Rs. 893 crore
- PPP Sources: Rs. 600 crore
- State Govt: Rs. 1,690.46 crore
- Central Govt: Rs. 734.22 crore
Phase 2B’s Estimated Cost: 9,616.51 crore
- ADB: Rs. 2,410.79 crore
- JICA: Rs. 1,310.74 crore
- PPP Sources: Rs. 800 crore
- State Govt: Rs. 4,074.34 crore
- Central Govt: Rs. 1,260.54 crore
Phase 2A (ORR Line) Stations
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 (Airport Line) Stations
KR Puram – Kempegowda International Airport with 17 stations at Kasturinagara, Horamavu, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, HBR layout, Nagawara (Interchange with Pink Line), Veerannapalya, Kempapura, Hebbal, Kodigehalli, Jakkur Cross, Yelahanka (erst. Kogilu Cross), Bagalur Cross, Bettahalasuru, Doddajala (formerly Trumpet Junction), Airport City and KIAL Terminals
Back in December 2020 the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had announced its board’s approval to lend USD 500 million (approx. Rs 3680 crore) for both phases’ development. In March 2021, JICA and the government signed a Rs 3,717 crore loan agreement to develop Phase 2’s Pink Line, Phase 2A & 2B.
With this decision formally announced, let’s how quickly work orders are issued for developing Phase 2A. Back in October 2020, Afcons and Shankaranarayana had emerged as the lowest bidders for its construction, while bidding is currently underway for Phase 2B’s 3 mainline packages with a current bid submission deadline of May 14.
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