Metro Phase-I tunnelling to take 300 more days: CM

Metro Phase-I tunnelling to take 300 more days: CM

Metro Phase-I tunnelling to take 300 more days: CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said that tunneling work on Phase-I of the Namma Metro will get over in the next 300 days.

Speaking to mediapersons during his inspection of four Metro stations in the City on Monday, the chief minister said that the work would have been over much before had it not been for the hard rocks which have delayed the tunneling work.

He said 50 percent of the underground work had slowed down due to rocky terrain.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola said that tunneling work will take 300 days, but will not delay the commencement of commercial operations on Phase I as by then the rest of the work would have been completed. The chief minister along with ministers R Roshan Baig and Ramalinga Reddy visited Nagasandra, Vijayanagar, National College and Government Arts College Metro stations.

He said that officials have been directed to complete all civil works on Phase-I by December-end so that commercial operations on the 42-km stretch can start by September 2015. The chief minister said that commercial operations on  Peenya Industry- Nagasandra stretch will start by February next and that on Magadi Road-Nayanandahalli stretch by April 2015.

He said that the BMRCL has already commenced tendering process to acquire land for Phase-II of Namma Metro. The 74-km second phase is estimated to cost Rs 26,000 crore. He said that Phase-I will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 13,000 crore.

Traffic virtually came to a standstill all along the route of the chief minister’s inspection.