BMRCL inks pact with BIAL for halt station near airport

BMRCL inks pact with BIAL for halt station near airport

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, BMRCL, Bangalore international airport, BIAL, Public private partnership, Innovative financing methods, ORR-Airport Metro, Kempegowda International Airport, Namma Metro, Central Silk Board Junction, KR Puram, Hebbal, Trumpet Junction, Metro viaduct

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) and Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to forge a unique public private partnership (PPP).

The MoU has been signed to raise funds through innovative financing methods to build the 4.95 km airport section of the ORR-Airport Metro at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore.

This stretch of the Metro connectivity to the Kempegowda international airport, which is likely to be commissioned by December 2024, will provide an efficient mode of transport to residents and business commuters from all parts of the city.

The Namma Metro will construct the Airport Metro section, along with civil, electro-mechanical, other associated facilities, works and related assets, while BIAL will develop, manage and maintain the two Metro stations that will be located within the airport boundary.

The airport section is a part of the total 56 km Metro line named ‘ORR-Airport Metro’ from the Central Silk Board Junction to the airport terminals via KR Puram and Hebbal.

The ORR-Airport Metro is being established by BMRCL at an estimated cost of Rs 14,844 crore and likely to serve 7.8 lakh commuters daily.

The two stations within the airport boundaries are likely to see daily ridership of 60,000 commuters in 2024, increasing to 1.88 lakh by 2041. BMRCL is working actively to add 128 km of new Metro network in coming five years.

The civil work on the airport Metro section is likely to commence in March 2021. The tenders for the civil works of the 56 km Metro viaduct and 30 stations, with estimated cost of over Rs 3,230 crore, have already been called in five packages.

The work on the first two packages from the Central Silk Board Junction to KR Puram is likely to commence in December 2020, and the one on the three packages from KR Puram to the airport is likely to commence in March 2021.

The Namma Metro will prioritise the airport section and the section from Hebbal to Trumpet Junction. Almost two-thirds of the 94 acre land required for the ORR-Airport Metro has been acquired and handed over to BMRCL.

The balance land is mostly for a Metro depot near Trumpet Junction. The shifting of utilities, namely electricity, water, streetlights, gas and telecom is underway by the concerned agencies.

The ORR-Airport Metro is being established as per the Metro Policy 2017 with equal equity financing model by the Central and state governments. The approval from the Centre is expected by December 2021.

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