Metro Phase-1 to be completed by March 2015: CM

‘Project cost to go up by Rs 3,473 crore due to litigation, tendering delays’.

Work on Phase-1 of Namma Metro will now be completed by March 2015 and the total project cost is expected to touch Rs 13,845 crore due to cost escalation following delays in meeting the previous deadlines, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah informed the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Replying to questions by B N Vijayakumar (BJP) and N Chaluvarayaswamy (JD-S), Siddaramaiah said the previous deadline of December 2013 for the 42.3 km of phase-1 of Namma Metro could not be met due to land acquisition problems, litigation and delays in tendering works for tunnelling.

The delays will result in a cost escalation of Rs 3,473 crore, Siddaramaiah said.
While work on the viaduct on all the four reaches had been completed, construction of Metro stations were in various stages of completion, Siddaramaiah said. (See box).
Commercial operations for Phase-1, originally scheduled to begin on June 2012, were later pushed to December 2013. At present, only the 6.7-km-long MG Road-Baiyyapanahalli stretch (Reach 1) is in operation.

Siddaramaiah said international safety standards were being following during the tunnelling of the 8.3-km Metro line that would go underground. He admitted that roads had been damaged due to ongoing Metro work.

The roads would be repaired and freshly asphalted soon after the completion of the construction work, he said.

He said work on Metro Phase-II, covering 72.09 km, including 13.79 km underground with 61 stations, would start soon. Phase-II, estimated to cost Rs 26,405 crore, consists of extensions of all the four reaches of the Metro and two new lines.

Phase-III

The chief minister said Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation has taken up a pre-feasibility study of Phase-III of the Metro. This phase includes the Metro line from Magadi Road Toll Gate to Sunkadakatte, Siddaramaiah said.

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