For residents of Bangalore who dread the long commute to the airport and dealing with the traffic, there is relief on the way.
On Monday, the Karnataka government announced that it would go ahead with the construction of the 29.8 km Metro line from Nagavara to the airport, which will cost approximately ₹5,950 crore, according to The New Indian Express.
The state cabinet approved the Detailed Project Report for the Bangalore Metro’s airport link, which will have eight stations. Initially, the plan was to start construction on the project after the completion of the second phase of the Bangalore Metro project in 2021. However, considering the growing concerns around the road link to the airport, authorities have decided to complete it alongside the second phase of the Metro project.
The stated aim of this project to reduce the volume of traffic on the Hebbal flyover and Ballari Road, making the journey for those travelling on these roadways more tolerable.
This proposed metro rail link will start at Nagavara, and make stops at Hegde Nagar, Jakkur, Kogilu Cross, Chikkajala, Trumpet Interchange, KIA cargo complex and the current terminal, reported The New Indian Express.
“The airport line will have space for passengers to store their luggage and will operate with six coaches from the day it is launched,” said a senior official of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.
In addition to the metro line, authorities are also working towards constructing an alternative south access road to the airport, which seeks to link up with the one built by the government.
Reports indicate that Bangalore International Airport Limited has issued tenders for the construction of this road already. Alongside the metro line project, this is expected to cater to the growing demand for commuters travelling to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).
With the expected completion of the second runway on KIA, the BIAL expects a significant jump in the volume of passengers.
“I believe nine coaches would be the ideal length of the train since passengers would be travelling on this line from all across the city,” said Sanjeev Dyammanavvar, a sub-urban rail expert, to The New Indian Express. “Timely completion is also critical.”