After facing multiple blockers over the past couple years, Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project’s crucial Kadugodi Depot is finally taking shape with visible site development works for the depot’s structures.
This train maintenance depot on the 15.257 km Baiyyappanahalli – Whitefield extension of the Purple Line, along with the Challaghatta Depot, will in the future service and stable all trains on the 42.17 km line.
The depot’s Rs. 159.89 crore construction contract was awarded Vascon Engineers Ltd. in October 2019. Construction work couldn’t start due to the pending land transfer of 18.11 hectares (44.75 acres) from MoEFCC, which finally came through in December 2019. Work was then affected by pending approval from Karnataka government’s ‘expert committee’ to cut 120 trees.
When this depot becomes operational in the 2nd half of 2023, the Purple Line’s existing Baiyyappanahalli Depot will be repurposed to serve Phase 2A and Phase 2B project’s 56 km Blue Line (Silkboard – KR – Puram – Hebbal – Airport) which is now under construction.
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.
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A bunch of images from 2020 can be viewed here.
Meanwhile, Texmaco Rail and Engineering has completed casting 12/14 turnouts for this extension’s train track cross-overs. The rest 2 will be cast this week, so stay tuned!
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