North Bengaluru to Take Big Chunk of Metro’s Phase III Project?

Bengaluru: The northern parts of Bengaluru including Nagawara, RK Hegde Nagar, Kogilu Cross appear to have received prominence in the Phase III network of Bengaluru Metro, which is currently under preparation. None of the seven Metro lines, likely to be part of the upcoming phase, run through the heart of Bengaluru. 

The consultancy firm RITES Ltd — tasked with the responsibility of preparing a detailed project report of Phase III — was presented with seven lines/extensions of Phase-2, Phase 2A and Phase 2B to prepare a travel demand forecast. 

The extensions and new lines are as follows:

  1. Central Silk Board – KR Puram (20-km) 
  2. KR Puram – Hebbal – Airport Terminal (34-km)  
  3. Gottigere – Basavanapura (2-km)
  4. Nagawara – RK Hegde Nagar – KIADB Aerospace Park (25-km)
  5. Kogilu Cross – Rajanakunte (13-km)
  6. Bommasandra – Attibele (15-km)
  7. Iblur – Carmelaram (8-km)

The Central Silk Board – KR Puram stretch and the KR Puram – Hebbal line, which were renamed as Phase II (A) and Phase II (B) projects for early implementation, appear in the Phase III network. 

Interestingly, the Bengaluru Metro authorities have dropped at least four lines that were proposed in the past. Prominent among them are: Carmelaram – Yelahanka (32 km) and Marathahalli – Hosakerehalli (21 km) corridors that passes through the heart of Bengaluru. The BMRC has also dropped a 13-km stretch from Majestic to Seegehalli along Magadi road. 

The 30-km JP Nagar – Hebbal stretch, where the government had earlier proposed light Metro rail, too does not appear in the latest list. 

Other than the proposed Metro link to the Kempegowda International Airport, the Phase III project comprises of two more lines — Nagawara to KIADB Aerospace Park and Kogilu Cross to Rajanakunte — which are part of North Bengaluru. The yet-to-be-finalised Master Plan 2031 too gives a lot of prominence for the development of North Bengaluru, given the fact that the City is seeing rapid growth in Eastern parts of Bengaluru including the Sarjapura stretch.  

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd is expected to reveal the final lines of Phase III only after the DPR is ready. The BS Yediyurappa led state government had recently announced 300-kms of Phase III network for Bengaluru, once the Phase II and Phase III projects are complete. Since the above-mentioned seven lines and the existing + under construction lines, put together, come up to 233-kms, the final Phase III network could feature more new lines.