Metros To Run Parallel in Bengaluru

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In a first-of-its-kind design in Bengaluru, two metro lines (viaducts) will run parallel for about a kilometre between Tin Factory and KR Puram on Old Madras Road.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has opted for this expensive solution after it was unable to find a suitable location to build a station that could connect the two lines. The two lines — one connecting Mysuru Road with Whitefield and the other linking the Silk Board junction with Hebbal — will intersect at KR Puram.

It will be an interchange station for people who use Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield (Phase II), Central Silk Board- KR Puram (Phase II-A) and KR Puram- Hebbal line (Phase III).While ITD Cementation India has started construction on Reach I extension of Phase II, the BMRCL is arranging finance for the Phase II-A project. The Phase III project is still in the planning stage. 

The biggest pain point of this proposed design is the two lines eating into the carriageway of Old Madras Road, the lifeline of technology workers commuting to software hubs of Mahadevapura and Whitefield. Metro engineers said this was the most feasible option they had at their disposal and hoped the proposed lines would ease the congestion on the Old Madras Road.

Ideally, the station at Tin Factory (also called as Jyothipura) could have been the interchange, keeping in mind the future extension to Hebbal. With the new design, passengers coming from Hebbal cannot get down at Tin Factory. They have to go up to KR Puram, change the line and return to Tin Factory.

“We looked at all options but chose to build two lines in view of land acquisition issues. While on the one side there is a lake, there is no space on the other side of the road. In fact, the Tin Factory station has been designed in such a way that there will be only one entrance unlike other designs of Phase II stations where there are two or more entrances,” a BMRCL official told ET.

KR Puram metro hub, KR Puram will emerge as an important station as three lines will converge there once Phase III network is ready. It will be an interchange station for people who use Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield (Phase II), Central Silk Board- KR Puram (Phase II-A) and KR Puram- Hebbal line (Phase III).

While ITD Cementation India has started construction on Reach I extension of Phase II, the BMRCL is arranging finance for the Phase II-A project. The Phase III project is still in the planning stage.

Road width to shrink. The width of the Old Madras Road, a busy arterial, will shrink due to the parallel lines.

A non-linear plan. People coming from Hebbal can’t get down at Tin Factory and have to go up to KR Puram.

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