Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is likely to build two proposed Metro stations – Airport City Station and KIA Terminals – at Kempegowda International Airport. This was disclosed in the recent Environmental Impact Assessment report prepared by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd for Asian Development Bank – funding agency of the airport-Metro corridor.
Of two Metro stations in the airport area, one will be at grade (Airport City Station) and the other below ground level (KIA Terminals). BIAL designed the stations, the report said. BIAL is also planning a 52,000 sqm multi-modal transportation hub in front of the proposed terminal 2 forecourt. It will integrate the existing terminal (north) and proposed terminals 2 and 3 (east and west).
“We will design and build two Metro stations on the airport campus for seamless integration with other transport modes,” said an official. The project will be funded through additional user development fee from passengers after getting approvals from Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India.
A BIAL spokesperson, however, said it won’t be able to share information related to Metro at this point. The deadline for Light Blue Line, comprising Central Silk Board-KR Puram (Phase 2A) and KR Puram- KIA (Phase 2B) corridors is 2024; BMRCL is yet to float tender for KR Puram-KIA corridor.
While the corridor will be an elevated line, a 300m-long section near Yelahanka Air Force Station will be constructed underground to minimise flight disruptions and for security purpose.