The 40-acre elevated Challaghatta Metro station, which is supposed to be an intermodal transport hub, might soon meet with the network of suburban rail. On January 11, in a discussion with members of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout (NPKL) Open Forum, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) officials asked the residents to write to the K-RITES and Indian railways department to construct the suburban rail network simultaneously on the route.
The officials said that the viaduct building process was in progress and that the proposed station was expected to be completed by this year and that the land acquisition process had been completed last year.
Residents also demanded a Metro line on the major arterial road in Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout, since the road was 330-foot wide and the area housed a significant population. The officials said that feasibility tests would be done for this. Sham Jujare, member of the forum, says, “There will be many advantages of having metro lines on MAR Road. BMRCL has asked us to submit a proposal for this.”
NM Dhoke, Director (Project & Planning), said, “Commuters can board from Challaghatta Metro station to Kengeri where we have a designated railway station. For a suburban station at Challaghatta, Indian railways may need to get additional land from BDA to facilitate for the commuters. The Kengeri Metro station will be completed by 2021 as per BMRCL Phase 2 timelines. Challaghatta Metro-cum-depot station might take additional time since the depot will be housing a number of trains and servicing for the same.”
Officials also said the elevated Challaghatta Metro station will have 4-lane roads passing through the major arterial road and the Mysore Road, which will be signal free.
Request for Seegehalli Metro station Residents also requested for the Seegehalli Metro station (expected to be in phase 3) to be included in the construction of extended phase 2 lines. Ashok, Secretary of the forum, says, “We request BMRCL to initiate DPR for Seegehalli IMTH station at Magadi Road end. This station will facilitate the commuters travelling from Thavarekere, Magadi and residents of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda layout to enter the city”. However, the officials said that the proposal for Seegehalli Metro station and Metro line on MAR Road would have to wait and could be taken up only after 2025. The 8.81-km Mysore Road to Kengeri stretch (Reach 2A and 2B) in the original plan, was extended by 1.5km to include the Challaghatta depot.