The long wait for Bengalureans hoping for a shorter and traffic-free ride to the city’s airport might soon come to an end.
Anyone who’s ever taken a flight from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport will know just how much time and energy a direct metro to KIA would save.
And the Karnataka government has finally taken a step towards deciding the route for the Metro Rail connecting commuters to the airport.
Namma Metro at Baiyyapanahalli station. Source: Wikimedia
A meeting was held at the Vidhana Soudha on Tuesday to decide the most feasible route, and was attended by the Bengaluru Development Minister, KJ George, along with other ministers and MLAs.
Sometime around September last year, an opinion poll was set up for the public to choose a route out of the nine routes proposed by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), which then, was published by Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on its website.
The proposed routes that were part of the opinion poll set by BMRCL were:
- Mekhri Circle-Hebbal-Yelahanka
- Yeshwanthpur-Kodigehalli-Yelahanka-Trumpet Flyover
- Nagavara-Yelahanka-Trumpet Flyover
- KR Puram-Boodikere Cross-Singahalli
- Nagavara-Kogilu Layout-Yelahanka-Trumpet Flyover
- Nagavara-Kannur-Bagalur and
- Nagavara-Bellahalli-Yelahanka Town.
Kempegowda International Airport. Source: Wikimedia
After finalizing upon the Nagavara zone, the government has yet to decide the best route out of the four final ones. Also, the initial plans of installing a high-speed train to the airport by the government, seems to have been taken off the hooks completely, giving way to the metro rail idea.
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“The ministers have shown interest in finalising the airport connectivity through the route passing by Nagawara, Thanisandra and Rashtrotthana Vidya Kendra. There are lesser chances for other probable airport connectivity routes such as Mehkri Circle to Yelahanka, Yeshwantpur to Yelahanka and K R Puram to Budigere Cross,” an official,who was part of the meeting, told Deccan Herald.