Construction of Namma Metro’s airport corridor (KR Puram-Hebbal-Kempegowda International Airport) is going forward while the work has been stopped except at Jakkur plantation, Chikkajala, and near Yelahanka Air Force base.
(BMRCL) officials said that there is another planning of new metro stations that is to be built near Jakkur plantation and Chikkajala. The agency has been trying to resolve challenges in land purchase for more than one and half years.
Representation for the new metro station at Chikkajala, has been given to the BMRCL officials which will lie between Bettahalasuru and Doddajala stations.
Further the officials said that the state high-power committee has given its permission for the proposal but it needs approval by the government.
Senior official of (BMRCL) said on interruption of the work that two real estate companies, Century Group and Bagmane Group have come to the fore to construct the station between Jakkur Cross and Yelehanka, about 500m away from the Jakkur Plantation, but the Century Group has proposed to built the station at Jakkur Plantation. The matter will be taken to the committee and a decision will be finalized within 15-20 days.
On the work delay at Yelahanka Air Force base, an official said that NHAI has to sign a MoU for the land with the defense ministry, which is supposed to be completed in a few weeks. Further the NHAI will sign an agreement with BMRCL to ease the work.
An enormous development is ongoing among Hebbal and the airport. New tech parks will be built on Ballari Road. An exclusive airport express line was proposed for passengers in Delhi, but ridership wasn’t impressive. A significant amount of funds will be provided to the BMRCL to construct the station near Jakkur plantation.
Commuter rail activist Sanjeev Dyamannavar said that excess stations may exceed that dwell time and the trains will lower the speed for a smooth stop. Bengaluru Metro has a long route to the airport, while most of the cities have short metro routes to the airports.
BMRCL could speed up trains and skip some of the stations, mainly in the morning and late night for passengers’ ease.
Sanjeev Dyamannavar said that the work progress of the airport corridor should not get affected by the new proposed metro stations. He perceived that BMRCL could allow provision for the proposed stations and ongoing construction of piers and viaducts so the platforms and roofing work at stations could be constructed later.
The average speed of 36kmph is planned between KR Puram and Yelahanka and 60kmph between the Yelahanka and airport terminal.