Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Metro work gathers pace

Metro work gathers pace
Praveen Dhaneshkar, Bangalore:

While the Central Business District could look forward to Reach-1 (Baiyappanahalli to Cricket Stadium) going operational in December this year, residents and commercial establishments in Reach 2, 3 and 4 will have to wait for more than two more years for Namma Metro on Phase 1 to go fully operational.


According to B L Yashawanth Chavan, spokesperson for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), construction work on the above three reaches is progressing as per deadlines and would gather pace, once the underground stretch begins by the end of this month or early March at Dr B R Ambedkar Veedhi.

“Demolition of structures are almost complete on Reach 2, while 95 demolition works are over at Reach 3. Road widening work to facilitate movement of vehicles in Reach 2 between Magadi Road and Mysore Road terminal is nearing completion,” he said.
Chavan added that they were also in the process of completion of utilities shifting (Bescom cables and BWSSB sanitary pipes) in coordination with civic departments on Reach 3 from Malleshwaram to Rajajinagar station.

Foundation work at all stations in these three Reaches under the 42.3 km Phase 1 is also progressing and would be completed by September 2012. Construction of piers (concrete pillars) and launching of girder segments (concrete bridges) at R V Road and Nanda Road in Basavanagudi and Jayanagar will also be completed within the next two years, he added.

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