Work on Metro viaduct to begin at Malleswaram

Pending formalities cleared, says BMRCL official

The tussle between the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and the South Western Railways (SWR) over construction of a 66-metre-long viaduct span crossing the railway line at Malleswaram has been finally resolved.

BMRCL officials told Deccan Herald that they were preparing for the construction of this crucial viaduct at Malleswaram as all pending formalities has been cleared.

A senior official from the BMRCL said the actual work over the railway line in Malleswaram will be started in a few days.

“Even though the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CRS), Southern Circle, had approved the construction of a 66-metre-long viaduct span in September first week, we were not able to start work as there were some financial issues to be settled with the SWR. The matter has now been resolved,” he said.

Confirmation

Confirming the resolution of the issue, Suvankar Biswas, Spokesperson, SWR, said they have no problems in regard to BMRCL carrying out metro works at Malleswaram.

“When the BMRCL officials fix a date, we will restrict the speed of the trains to 20-km/hour on both the tracks of the section passing through Malleswaram to facilitate the works. In fact, we had never asked the BMRCL to stop work anywhere.

We just wanted them to clear necessary technical and financial formalities before taking up the work,” he said.

The construction of the bridge at Malleswaram is vital for opening the Namma Metro line on Reach 3 from Sampige Road Metro station (Swastik) to Peenya and Hesaraghatta Cross Metro Station.

The BMRCL has requested SWR for 26 traffic blocks, each of two-and-a-half hours at any time of the day or night, for launching the trusses, steel beams and other staging materials spanning the tracks at this point.

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