More than 60% of land required for the second phase of Namma Metro has been acquired and the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) is likely to procure the rest within the next three months.
Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director of BMRCL, said property owners were cooperating in parting with the land as the compensation was “reasonable”. “There is no opposition or legal hurdle,” he told Deccan Herald.
Phase 2, spread over 72.09 km, will have 61 stations, including 12 underground. The BMRCL, which missed several deadlines to complete the first phase, is confident that the second phase will be fully ready by December 2020. The second phase is estimated to cost Rs 26,405.14 crore.
The project will extend the two existing lines in four directions and have two new sections: Bommasandra to RV Road and Nagawara to Gottigere. Out of the six lines, the BMRCL has fully acquired the required land on three sections: Mysuru Road to Kengeri and up to Nice Road near Kumbalgodu (6.46 km); Puttenahalli Cross to Anjanapura Township up to Nice Road along Kanakapura Road (6.29 km) and Hesaraghatta Cross to Bangalore International Exhibition Centre on Tumakuru Road (3.77 km). Civil work has begun on Mysuru Road-Kengeri and Puttenahalli Cross-Anjanapura Township lines.
The contract has been given to ILFC, SOMA and Nagarjuna Construction Company. The Hesaraghatta Cross-BIEC line is ready for civil work.
The BMRCL has notified land acquisition on Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield (15.5 km) and RV Road-Bommasandra lines. Land acquisition is in process on the 21.25-km Gottigere-Nagawara line (including 13.79 km underground), Kharola said.
A total of 322 trees will be felled for the second phase of Namma Metro.