Bangalore Metro’s Purple Line to be Extended Beyond Whitefield

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) this week invited bids for civil construction work to extend Bangalore Metro’s 42.17 km Purple Line further north of the newly opened Whitefield (Kadugodi) Station.

This 588 meter long extension of the 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project‘s Reach 1B will take the Purple Line across the Indian Railways’ Bengaluru-Chennai line and up to Belatur Colony on Whitefield-Hoskote Road.

It will have no new stations, and its intended purpose is purely to improve train operations by adding a train reversal crossover-track facility.

In addition, the contract’s scope includes a small 28m extension of the under construction Whitefield Depot’s 3rd line. Both this and Reach 1B’s mainline were built by ITD Cementation India Ltd.

  • Estimated Value: Rs. 42.30 crore
  • Contract Period: 18 months
  • Pre-Bid Meeting: October 20, 2023
  • Bid Submission Deadline: November 16, 2023 at 3 pm
  • Technical Bid Opening: November 16, 2023 at 3:30 pm

Brief Scope: Extension of metro line by length of 588 m (Approx.) beyond Whitefield Metro Station in Reach-1B and extension of 3rd line at Whitefield Depot by length of 28 m (Approx.) for Bangalore Metro Rail Project, Phase-2.

Tender: BMRCL/Phase-2/Reach-1B Extn./Via /2023/99

Route of Purple Line’s new extension (red) and location of Whitefield Depot – view Bangalore Metro Phase 2 route map and information

To give a little background, trains at Whitefield (Kadugodi) currently only use 1 platform to serve passengers. As the line literally ends 14 meters north of the station (view satellite imagery) inbound trains are forced to arrive at a restricted slower speed.

This new extension with a train reversal cross-over track facility will greatly improve train throughput and allow BMRCL to run high frequency train operations in the future. By using both platforms, a positive side effect is improved crowd management.

There’s one possible reason I can think of why this never got featured in Reach 1B’s original plan. Its extension involves crossing the Indian Railways’ line and dealing with its bureaucracy to secure design approvals and mega blocks.

The juice here was just not worth the squeeze compared to other challenging sections such as at Benniganahalli or Doddanekundi where the South Western Railways has sought a design change to increase the length of 65m open web girder to 85m.

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– TMRG

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30 Responses to "Bangalore Metro’s Purple Line to be Extended Beyond Whitefield"

  1. Pawan Kumar says:

    Clear example of poor planning. I strongly believe govt should think and include extension of purple line till Katamnallur junction (OMR Highway) in current bid itself. They should consider Belathur, Seegehalli and 2 more station on this extended line.

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  2. Karthikeyan says:

    I am the residence of Seegehalli area

    from past few years traffic in whitefield -hoskote road is heavily increased (will be a traffic like ORR). It is the right time to extend the metro till Old madras road crossing

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  3. Girish says:

    I am resident of Hoskote.I think there is a proposal to extend new line from KR Puram to Hoskote through old Madras road but god knows how many years it will take.

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  4. Harikesh says:

    let open mising & completed loop from krpuram to byappanhalli.govt least bother do this first. Think other.

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    • Krishna says:

      Central administration wrote to state to start operations without a formal launch, let’s see how it will be reacted.

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  5. Srihari says:

    Where is Benniganahalli and where the metro station is, if it was Tinfactory station then it could have been correct name of station for the station.

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  6. Runa says:

    I am a resident of Belthur. I honestly think they have to add 5 to 6 more stops and extend the line immediately. It will be quicker and easier to acquire land for this purpose now. Parking at Kadugodi as well as skywalk is also important at the station. Its very difficult to cross the road.

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  7. Anil says:

    It would be a good strategy to complete phase 2A first without waiting for Phase 2B. The Silk board – KR Puram line if activated first will benefit 7 to 8 lakh professionals working on ORR and there will be a huge reduction in traffic. This strategy will make more sense

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  8. Srikanth says:

    Extending the line and adding at least 5 more stations will help citizens & economy, as well.

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  9. Naga says:

    It’s good to extend till katamnallur gate whitefield-hoskote road, later years there will be too much increase of traffic. And also too costly widen the road for metro.

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  10. Amit says:

    Bad planning, they will cut several trees and disrupt many utilities like for an extension going nowhere. The only purpose is shunting. How did they miss in their original plan?

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  11. Amit says:

    Bad planning, they will cut several trees and disrupt many utilities like for an extension going nowhere. The only purpose is shunting.

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  12. A worried IT professional who goes to ORR says:

    If the yellow metro line starts operating, many IT profrssionals will be benefitted. Many people who are residing near yellow line areas, commutes to ORR. So, silk board traffic jam can be tackled that way. Also, the worst condition of ORR, poor transport management. Its the place where more than 10 lakhs people will commute on a daily basis if offices declare 5 days from office. So reqiest govt to start preparing for blue line which will benefit the so many employess travelling in ORR area.

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  13. Ranjan says:

    I would say this is worst planning. Initial planned is to extend further kadgudi. Hope Govt understand importance of metro for people staying in Belthur, Seegehali area

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  14. Dinakar Madiman says:

    A very important landmark in Kadugodi is Brindavan Ashram of Bhagavan Shri Sathya Sai Baba. Many elderly devotees visit this Ashram regularly. The metro station should have been opposite this Ashram or near about from a walking distance from the Ashram. The present location is very inconvenient.

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  15. Ramachandran says:

    All people are telling bad planning, why cant they give suggestions, simply finding fault.

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    • Pawan Kumar says:

      Ramchandran, suggestions are listed in almost all the reply. It’s as simple as extending the line till Katamnallur junction (ORR) with 5-6 stations.

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  16. Manoj says:

    People purchased properties in the outskirts at a cheaper price and now want all the services. I think they should only do the extension for the purpose.

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  17. Shilpa says:

    Metro is a boon to bangalore. People in the comments need to understand it. What is there is amazing. With new lines it will get better. N any extension will only cause delay. If metro not there, its important people understand there are buses available, if everyone opt for buses, there will be no trafic.

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  18. Priya says:

    Hi! How do we sign up a petition to extend it till katamnallur like it was originally planned?

    Half baked plans will not help with the congestion happening especially on Kadugodi flyover.

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  19. Supriya says:

    Petition to extend the metro till Hoskote from Whitefield.

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