Karnataka’s Chief Minister on Friday announced the re-addition of a 37 km metro line connecting Hebbal – Sarajpur to Bangalore Metro’s Phase 3 project at an estimated cost of Rs. 15,000 crore.
The city’s Phase 3 has been on drawing board since 2014 with multiple announcements made and feasibility studies conducted so far.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will now set into motion the process to create its Detailed Project Report (DPR) which will provide a baseline of its length, underground & elevated route composition, number of stations, their locations, depot, operational game plan, total cost etc.
The line will cut through the city’s core and connect Carmeleram, Agara, Koramangala, Dairy Circle, Central College and Armane Nagar. It was dropped from Phase 3 plans during a similar budgetary announcement in 2020 in favor of the following two metrolite (light rail transit) lines planned through the public private partnership (PPP) model.
- ORR West Line: Hebbal to Mysore Road Metro Station (30 km)
- Magadi Road Toll Gate to Kadabagere (14 km)
The line was originally envisioned to connect Carmelaram – Yelahanka. Now it appears the line will continue south-east to Sarjapur town. On the northern-end, the Hebbal – Yelahanka section will be serviced by trains on the 56 km Blue Line, which is under construction through Phase 2A and Phase 2B.
This is an exciting re-addition to the project, but there’s a long…long way to go – at least 4 years I’d say – for any any sort of construction work to begin. I have more questions than answers at this time, and reckon we’ll next hear about this line in a year when BMRCL or its appointed DPR preparer is hopefully closer to finalizing its DPR.
In the next couple years, we might see the re-addition of the following lines which were once considered for inclusion in Phase 3:
- Marathahalli – Hosakerehalli
- Gottigere to Basavapura
- RK Hegde Nagar to Aerospace Park
- Kogilu Cross to Rajanukunte
- Bommasandra to Attibele
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