BMRCL inks MoU with Embassy Group to build Metro Station

BMRCL inks MoU with Embassy Group to build Metro Station

Rs 100-crore funding for Kadubeesanahalli station on ORR line

BMRCL inks MoU with Embassy Group to build Metro Station

 Kicking off its innovative financing model, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Embassy Group to build the Kadubeesanahalli Metro station.

Under the agreement, Embassy Group will pay Rs 100 crore to BMRCL in instalments. The group is the first corporate to sign the agreement under the public-private partnership scheme.

The station, to be located just outside the Embassy TechVillage on the Outer Ring Road, will be on the recently approved 17-km North-South Metro corridor linking Silk Board Junction with Krishnarajapuram.

The construction, according to the group, will be done in accordance with the façade designs and specifications approved by BMRCL. The period of concession and permission granted to Embassy Group will be for 30 years starting from the date of commencement of commercial operations and could be extended further on mutual terms.

The agreement mandates that the group will maintain Kadubeesanahalli Metro station, including housekeeping and maintenance, along with all the equipment, according  to specifications laid down by the corporation.

“This move will help the park users greatly, as there will be a ramp access directly to the Metro station from Embassy TechVillage, and a dedicated access from the exit point of the station,” the group said in an official release.

The partnership also means the group will be entitled to utilise the pre-determined spaces for advertisements. “Embassy can also use the leasable retail space measuring approximately 3,000 sq.ft at the Metro station. Embassy will also have the advantage of leveraging the linear zone of 250 metres around the Kadubeesanahalli Metro station,” the release said.

The new Metro line will run between Central Silk Board in the south and Krishnarajapuram in the north. The Rs 4,202-crore project is being taken up under Phase 2A of the Namma Metro network and will have 13 stations covering the entire ORR IT corridor. To be completed in three years, the project is expected to benefit nearly 4.5 lakh people who work on this stretch. The ridership is projected to eventually grow to six lakh every day. The average speed of road travel on this stretch is currently 10 kmph. This is likely to increase to 34 kmph once the Metro is in place.

BMRCL had identified and invited private entities and companies to sponsor up to 25% of the total project cost. This was to pool funds as well as get corporates to participate in faster funding and completion of transportation projects.

‘Remove Hindi boards at Metro stations’

The use of Hindi language in Namma Metro stations has drawn the ire of various Kannada groups.

“Hindi has been used unnecessarily in signboards at Metro stations. If they are not removed in a week’s time, we will stop using Metro trains,” said the volunteers of Kannada Rakshana Vedike (KRV). The volunteers also staged a protest in front of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) office.

“We have objected to the use of Hindi earlier as well. We had requested the officials concerned to remove the boards in Hindi. The officials have ignored our request. If they do not remove the boards, we will do it on our own,” said the protesters.

“It is our duty to give prominence to Kannada as residents of Karnataka. The Union government is imposing Hindi on us,” said T A Narayana Gowda, the president of KRV.

“Metros in Chennai and Kochi have signboards only in regional languages and English. What is the necessity to use Hindi here?,” questioned Gowda. The protesters have urged P S Kharola, managing director, BMRCL, to remove Hindi nameplates and signboards.

Pradeep Singh Kharola, MD, BMRCL:  The MoU signed between BMRCL and the Embassy Group is part of the innovative financing push by Namma Metro and we strongly believe that it will encourage corporates to come forward and contribute in developing the urban infrastructure and build a well-equipped modern city.