High-speed metro line to airport stuck in financial wrangling

High-speed metro line to airport stuck in financial wrangling

The project to extend Namma Metro to Kempegowda International Airport is stuck in wrangling over financial settlements.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has revealed that the BMRCL must pay Rs 300 crore for acquiring NH land near
Ballari Road, including 9% interest.

NHAI Project Director R K Suryawansi told DH that the state government had assured the road authorities that the BMRCL would reimburse the land acquisition cost with interest for the Nagawara-Airport metro extension.

"At the empowered committee meeting in September, we asked the BMRCL to reimburse Rs 141 crore at the earliest to NHAI and the remainder with interest rates during land acquisition," Suryawansi said.

"But we've got no communication from the state government or the BMRCL so far. Nor did we receive the metro rail proposal and the map (for the proposed route).

The NHAI had learnt only from news reports that the Nagawara line will join the NH near Jakkur (at the Godrej property), after which it would cross the toll plaza and turn towards the airport.

People whose land the NHAI had acquired have gone to court, where the cases are in hearing.

The NHAI acquired the five-metre land along Ballari Road for the carriageway and rail line, as part of the proposed state government plan to develop high-speed rail link to the airport.

But NHAI officials say that the BMRCL must deposit the money before seeking clearances.

Additional Chief Secretary for Urban Department Mahendra Jain, who holds the charge as Managing Director of BMRCL, recently announced the 29.8-km high-speed metro line joining Nagawara with the airport.

Stations would come up at Hegde Nagar, Jakkur, Yelahanka, Chikkajala, BIAL road and the airport terminal.

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