According to officials, most of the land acquisition challenges regarding the second phase of namma metro (Bengaluru) have been resolved and the work on the 72 km line is progressing as per schedule, reports Times Of India (TOI).
While the land for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) depots at Kothanur (31.5 acres) on Gottigere-Nagawara line and Hebbagodi (39.3 acres) on RV Road-Bommasandra line has been acquired, land for depots at Anjanapura (8.9 acres) on Yelachenahalli-Anjanapura line and Challaghatta (38.9 acres) on Mysuru Road-Kengeri line is expected to be purchased in the next two months.
“We’ve completed land acquisition procedures for Kothanur and Hebbagodi depots. For Anjanapura, the final notification has been sent to the government. In Challaghatta, we have acquired 21 acres and the final notification will be issued for the remaining 18 acres,” said a senior BMRCL official to TOI.
Also, while BMRCL has received the stage 1 clearance from the Union Environment Ministry for the Whitefield depot on the Byappanahalli-Whitefield line, the stage 2 clearance is expected in two months.
Wait Till 2023
According to reports, BMRCL Phase 2 will only be operational by 2024. While the earlier deadline was 2020, it was was pushed to 2023. Now, it is expected to be further delayed by a year.
The 42km-long Phase 1 which is in operation had also missed the deadlines several times, and Phase 2 is also following similar trends. However, majority of corridors in Phase 2 are expected to be completed by 2021.
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