Five years after the second phase of Namma Metro was approved by the state government and Centre, work on the 15.5 km Byappanahalli-Whitefield corridor looks set to begin by the second quarter of the year.
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) has already acquired land worth Rs.900 crore for the corridor and floated tenders for construction of six stations from Jyothipura to Visvesvaraya Industrial Area. “The Byappanahalli-Whitefield Metro corridor will be constructed in two sections, one from Byappanahalli side and the other from the ITPL end, to complete the corridor faster. The first section of six stations will cost Rs.670.72 crore,“ said an official.
BMRCL, however, is yet to acquire a key land parcel between Tin Factory and Lowry Group of Institutions, where an interchange for Whitefield Metro and Outer Ring Road Metro, already finalized under Phase 2, will come up. It has to acquire 20,000 sqm land at Lowry. “It will take another two to three months to acquire land for the 1 km stretch and finalize tenders for construction of the viaduct and stations,“ the official said.
BMRCL has been facing criticism for not giving priority to the Whitefield corridor despite hundreds of techies going there to work every day .