The civil work on Seetharampalya-Whitefield Metro section of Namma Metro is almost complete, however, Whitefield residents, who have been demanding BMRCL expedite the extension of Purple Line from Byappanahalli, may have to wait at least another year to commute via the mass transit system.
BMRCL records show 99% of civil work on the section is over as of March 2021, while 86% is complete on the Byappanahalli-Seetharampalya corridor. The 7km Seetharampalya (Visvesvaraya Industrial Area) Whitefield section has stations including Seetharampalya, Kundalahalli, Nallurhalli (Vydehi Hospital), Sadaramangala (Satya Sai Hospital), Pattandur Agrahara (ITPB), Kadugodi, Channasandra (Ujjval Vidyalaya) and Whitefield.
However, BMRCL will of trains.
Many attribute this to poor not be able to commission this section since the Kadugodi depot is not ready. The corridor is also yet to be connected to the existing Byappanahalli depot because of delay in getting permission for tree removal at Benniganahalli lake area. The depots are needed for daily maintenance and minor repair planning by BMRCL. “This is so close, yet so far. If BMRCL had expedited work on Kadugodi depot, this section would have been operational this year instead of waiting for the entire line (Byappanahalli-Whitefield) to be ready,” said Ashwin Kumar, a Whitefield resident.
BMRCL officials said land acquisition problems between Byappanahalli and KR Puram and delay in getting nod for tree cutting at Tin Factory and Kadugodi depot delayed the section, which was supposed to be ready by 2020-end.
Stations along the 8km-long Byappanahalli-Seetharampalya corridor include Benniganahalli (Jyothipura), KR Puram, Saraswati Nagar (Mahadevapura), Gurudacharpalya and Hoodi Junction (Doddanekundi).
“Civil work from KR Puram to Whitefield will be completed by June 2022, but the present situation is likely to affect the progress,” said BL Yeshwanth Chavan, chief public relations officer, BMRCL. He said work on Kadugodi depot is in progress and will be completed by December 2022.
“An additional area of 7,200sqm is needed at Benniganahalli lake from Lake Development Authority. Approval has been granted for 91 trees, 52 will be translocated and 39 felled. Work has started recently.” He said work pertaining to stations at Kadugodi and Whitefield, roofing structures and architectural finishing is on. Asked about the status of track laying between Whitefield and KR Puram, he said: “Of the13km route, flash butt welding of rails has been completed for 11.5km. Also, 3.2km of track plinth casting is over.”