Coming soon! Bangalore Metro to a station near you
When completed, the KIA-Central Silk Board Bangalore Metro ride would be the single longest journey in Bangalore post Covid.
The 56 km Blue Line starting from Kempegowda International Airport terminal would snake its way through Hebbal, onto the Outer Ring Road past Manyata Tech Park, KR Puram, Bellandur, Sarjapur road cross and HSR layout.
The route traverses through the tech parks, dense residential areas, Namma Metro inter-changes, highway hubs and has been ambitiously planned despite several changes made to the airport alignment.
On the drawing board currently, BMRCL has planned this route as part of Phase 2A & Phase 2B corridor.
“In the next four years, it is estimated that nearly 30 million square feet would rise up for occupancy along the alignment projecting an eight lakh working population by 2021,” says a real estate study. The rapid rise in the number of vehicles, urbanization and job opportunities across this stretch is expected to put immense pressure on the already over-burdened ORR. The heavy traffic volume has turned it into chaotic journeys with low average travel speeds and adding to stress-levels.
The Blue Line (ORR) metro stretch with a length of approximately 19 Km would have 13 stations and expected to be completed by 2024. An estimated 3.38 lakh citizens are projected to board it daily.
The Phase 2B of the Blue Line would certainly bring a huge relief to North Bengaluru residents and office-goers as it plans to connect KR Puram through Hebbal and onto KIA terminal. This has been planned with 17 stations and covers a distance of 37 km.
BMRCL says the design speed is anywhere between 46-90 kmph on this route. The stations planned are Kasturinagar, Horamavu, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, HBR Layout, Veerannapalya, Kempapura, Hebbal, Kodigehalli, Jakkur cross, Yelahanka, Bagalur cross, Bettahalasuru, Airport City. Some of these stretches between Hebbal and KIA will also have fewer stops and the Metro is expected to race between stations in a blur.
As per BMRCL, this long line will connect the established southern part of the city with the developing North Bangalore. Let’s say keep our fingers crossed for the deadline.