Sunday, February 14, 2010

Namma Metro likely to be extended to IT hub

Namma Metro likely to be extended to IT hub
BENGALURU


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We are trying to locate a route which connects all residential and work areas.

B.L. Yashvanth Chavan, BMRCL spokesperson

The Metro Rail project, popularly known as `Namma Metro,'is likely to be extended to the city's IT hub via Yelahanka.
A feasibility report on the extension of phase- 2 of Metro Rail to Electronic City is being carried out by BMRCL. Experts are making a detailed study to identify the most viable route to connect Electronic City to Yelahanka.

Union law minister M. Veerappa Moily and Bengaluru South MP Ananth Kumar had spoken about the extension at the recent inauguration of the Electronic City Expressway. Union Minister for road transport, Kamal Nath who was present, had promised to take up the issue at the Central level.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, BMRCL spokesperson B.L. Yashvanth Chavan said, "We will first find out if the extension is possible and practical. If the route works out, we will finalise the details. We are trying to locate a route which connects all residential and work areas."

Once the proposal is finalized, the major route in phase-2 will be between Peripheral Ring Road (Electronic City) and Yelahanka with a changeover at Namma Metro's MG Road station. This exclusive corridor will be 36 km long. The proposed corridor will cover Nagavara, Veerannapalya, Fraser Town and residential, commercial and IT industry areas along Hosur Road.

This corridor will have an interchange with the Metro connection to the airport to provide direct access for commuters from south and south-east Bengaluru to the airport. "The completion of the first phase will be followed by the second phase of the project in 2012. The extensions and new lines for the second phase are under review. There is also a proposal for constructing a new line connecting the airport if the hi-speed rail project for Bengaluru airport is not implemented," added the sources.

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