BMRCL hints at extending Purple Line up to Challaghatta depot near Kengeri

BMRCL is considering adding another Metro station on the Purple Line’s western extension (East-West corridor) in the wake of a proposal to construct a depot at Challaghatta (after Kengeri).
BMRCL has started the process of constructing the depot at Challaghatta, about 1.5 km away from the upcoming Kengeri station. The land required for the depot is already in possession of BMRCL.

“The matter is still in initial stages. Besides undertaking ridership survey and looking into funding options, the proposal needs approval from the state and central governments. There is a long procedure to be followed,” a BMRCL official said.

“There is talk of adding a station at the depot, connecting it to the East-West corridor, like Baiyappanahalli station (which is adjacent to the depot). But, the proposal is yet to be approved by the board”, he added.  BMRCL aims to complete civil work between Mysuru Road and Kengeri in two years and open the line by 2019.

The work on this stretch has been divided into two packages. IL&FS Engineering Construction Company Ltd is building elevated structures (3.94 km) from Mysuru Road station end to Pattanagere station. It includes construction of four elevated stations (Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Jnanabharathi and Pattangere). The project costs Rs 327 crore.

Soma Enterprise Ltd is constructing elevated structures and stations from Pattangere station (excluding) to beginning of Challaghatta depot. The Rs 332-crore project has two stations and viaduct (4.86 km).

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