1st set of piers come up behind RMZ Infinity for Bengaluru Metro’s Reach 1

Bengaluru: The land acquisition hurdle between Baiyyappanahalli and Tin Factory appears to have solved as a first set of pillars are finally taking shape behind RMZ Infinity along Old Madras road for the Reach 1 of Bengaluru Metro’s Phase II project. For nearly two years, the contractor, ITD Cementation India, could not start the work on this one-km stretch due to want of land.

While two Metro pillars have already come up, the construction company has begun the work of tying rebars for the remaining set of piers that are coming up between Old Madras Road and the Railway Track. With this, the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has reportedly handed over the right-of-way to the contractor for the 15.25-km eastern extension of East-West Corridor (Purple Line).

For the last 2-3 years, the Bengaluru Metro officials were struggling to acquire about one acre of railway land for the construction of viaduct. The land was located about 25 metres away from the existing railway track near Baiyappanahalli. The Railways were initially adamant on parting with the land as they too were planning to quadruple the railway stretch to Whitefield.

With ITD recently taking up construction work behind RMZ Infinity, the completion of entire 15.25-km stretch from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield is expected to suffer delays. The Bengaluru Metro officials initially set 2020 as a target to complete the project. It was later postponed to 2021 as the tenders were not floated as per the implementation plan. The officials now believe the project could be delayed by another year.

The company ITD Cementation India had emerged as the lowest bidder in March 2017 for both packages of Baiyappanahalli – Whitefield Metro Corridor. The 15.25-km project was awarded to the company at a cost of Rs 1,372 crore in April 2017 with a deadline to finish the work in about three years.