Minister tells BMRCL not to delay Metro Phase II work

Minister tells BMRCL not to delay Metro Phase II work

Namma Metro’s Phase-1 might have seen several delays in its implementation, but the State government is keen that the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) take precautions to avoid any delays while implementing its Phase-2, an official clearance for which is still awaited.

Transport and Bangalore City in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy communicated the same to the BMRCL officials in a review meeting on Saturday.

After taking stock of the progress of the project and an update on the various proposals under the Phase II, ahead of the crucial Public Investment Board (PIB) meeting on June 25, Reddy said that he would review the project once every three months.

The BMRCL officials said the Phase-1 was delayed mainly due to late awarding of contracts for the underground section. “This almost extended the project by 24 months,” a source said.

The government is likely to stick to the decision of the high- powered committee to realign the RV Road-Bommasandra line under Namma Metro Phase-2 near Jayadeva Hospital, said sources. While stating that the government is keen on not disturbing the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, Reddy said that it is, at the same time, concerned about the individuals whose properties are to be razed for the changed alignment.

Over 94 properties, including apartments of more than 150 senior citizens, will be razed due to the change in alignment. They had urged the government to take the line underground. BMRCL Managing Director N Sivasailam made a presentation to the minister on Phase-2. While rumours were rife about the presentation being about the realignment issue, discussing various technicalities, Sivasailam has maintained that it was in connection with the PIB meeting.

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