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Rain slows Metro work on Electronics City line 16.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Rain has been hindering work on Namma Metro's RV Road-Bommasandra line that had gained pace after the main demolition work was completed two months ago. The second phase of the project will serve burgeoning IT corridor in the east (Byappanhalli-Whitefield) and the old IT hub in the south east. The 18.82 km metro line begins with a new station next to the existing RV Road station and terminates near the proposed peripheral ring road at Bommasandra. The line will also save lakhs of commuters who spend harrowing hours at the Silk Board Junction everyday. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has divided the project into three packages of about 6.4 km to expedite the work. "Most of the demolition work on Hosur Road is done. We have started the work on drains. About one-km drain was built at the site of two stations. Since August, however, rain has been playing spoilsport. We rarely get a window of opportunity to carry out the work," a senior BMRCL official said. The BMRCL has entered into an ...
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A long way home 11.10.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Commuting in Bengaluru becomes a nightmare whenever it rains. Amidst endless traffic jams and elusive autorickshaws and cabs, the Metro appears to be the best option but the downpour makes the last-mile connectivity a challenge. Alight a Metro and one of the biggest problems one faces is hailing an autorickshaw or cab or boarding a Metro feeder bus. The handful of autos that are parked in front of a few Metro stations, such as Indiranagar, Halasuru, Cubbon Park and Mantri Mall, don't run by the meter and charge exorbitant rates, while the frequency of the Metro feeder buses makes them an unreliable option. Keertana Ramu, a nutritionist with Fast & Up, says she dreads commuting in the city when it rains. "Whenever it rains, the Metro seems to be the best choice but the difficult part comes after getting off. There aren't enough feeder buses and autorickshaws charge not less than Rs 200 to Rs 300 even to nearby locations," she rues, adding that because of the poor last-mile connectivity, it is difficult to ...
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Project to develop Cantonment, Yeshwantpur rail stations stuck 9.10.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The railways' ambitious station redevelopment programme, expected to give a facelift to Yeshwantpur and Cantonment stations among others in the country, has received a lukewarm response. The two stations in the city are among the 23 across India chosen for the project where private investors will develop them to world-class standards and maintain them for 15 years. In exchange, they can develop the "reserved railway land" near the stations and "air space" in the station development land for commercial gains. Additionally, the investor will also need to maintain the station's non-railway operational activities. However, the lukewarm response from investors, among other reasons, has forced the railways to postpone the last date of bidding four times since the project was announced in February. Documents show that the last date for submitting the bid was first extended from June 1 to July 21 through a corrigendum. However, the postponement continued with August 31, September 29 and now October 30 becoming ...
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Integration of transport system our priority: Metro chief 7.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
BMRCL managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola said integration of transport was their priority while citizen activists are protesting BMRCLs decision to shift the Cantonment Metro station nearly a kilometre away from the railway station. Kharola was speaking at an interaction with members of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) on Saturday. When a member of FKCCI asked about the location of the Cantonment Metro station, Kharola declined to make a statement. However, he acknowledged that public convenience was important. "The immediate priority is integration with the railways. The work at city railway station is already half done and there is huge scope for integration in Yeshwantpur, too. In Phase II, we are trying to make the Metro stations as close to the railway stations as possible," he said. Kharola said that in Phase II, there would be better integration with all transport as nearly every station will have service roads on either side. "It will be ideal as there ...
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Bengaluru's dream: Reaching airport in an hour 7.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The submission of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the proposed Metro to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is only the beginning of a long chain of processes which will need to be expedited to benefit commuters. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) needs to expedite work on the Gottigere-Nagawara line (Reach 6), which is a prerequisite for the airport line. Even if BMRCL starts work on airport line in the next few months, it will take at least five years to realise the dream of connecting south Bengaluru with KIA through a single metro line. BMRCL officials have said the airport metro will run on an express line where trains will go at a speed of 60 kmph, taking passengers from Nagawara to KIA in 30 minutes. One can board the metro at Bommasandra and reach the airport in about an hour. The state government has shown its eagerness with two gestures, bringing the project to Phase 2 and choosing an alignment that requires a minimum land acquisition. "We need to acquire an acre of land ...
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Airport link: Connection problems 7.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Trapped deep in a traffic jam on Ballari Road, the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) would look too distant to catch your flight in time. You wish for alternative roads, rail routes and Metro links. But as you look ahead in despair, you see only the hazy sketch of a Metro map, a dusty road and a rail link utterly wasted. After much delay, the contours of a Namma Metro link to the airport are gradually taking shape. But the station locations, funding pattern and construction deadlines are still in the works. It could take years before the first train starts chugging in. Incomplete stretches That leaves the much-hyped alternative road planned through Hennur Road, Bagalur, Mylanahalli and Begur. A reality check reveals vast stretches of this road nowhere near completion. Land acquisition issues have virtually grounded work on the last three kilometers, earmarked for development by the State Public Works Department. There is no sense of urgency as the only visible proof of any activity is a lone ...
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Make DPR for Phase II public: Citizens, MPs 7.10.2017 Hindu: Cities
They air their views at a roundtable discussion
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Bengaluru Metro gets European Investment Bank financing 5.10.2017 All News-IANS Stories
India here on Thursday signed a loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a 300 million euro-financing for the second phase of the Bangalore Metro Rail Project, an official said.
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The top places to invest in Bengaluru real estate 4.10.2017 Hindu: Home
Bengaluru has emerged as a shining spot for real estate investors offering a sound return on investment and assured rental income. With the IT/ ITeS sector driving real estate demand, the city boasts...
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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah urges Centre to review BEML disinvestment 28.9.2017 Latest News
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the government's decision of disinvesting in Bengaluru-headquartered Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) on the grounds of it being a strategic and profit making public sector enterprise.Siddaramaiah's letter to the PM is the first instance of the Congress opposition raising concerns over the Union Government's decision to sell 26 per cent stake in BEML and hand over management control to the buyer. "Disinvestment of strategic and profit making CPSE only leads to private sector investor reaping windfall benefits and profit at the cost of public and is likely to undermine the security of the country," wrote Siddaramaiah in the letter.The government gave an in-principle agreement to sell its stake in BEML in January as part of its overall plan to disinvest in PSUs that were not strategic in nature. The worker unions in BEML have strongly protested the move, arguing that they compete with private ...
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Patch of green becomes a bump in the road for NHAI 26.9.2017 Hindu: Home
Tucked away beside NICE Road junction on Kanakapura Road are the thick woods on a 100-acre plot of land that has become a point of contention between two arms of the State government — the Forest Depa...
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Sarjapur Rd widening: property losers plan to move court 23.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
More than 120 property owners have submitted their objections to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) against widening of Sarjapur Road from Iblur Junction to Chikkanayakanahalli. They are also planning to move the court if the Palike did not address their concerns. The BBMP plans to widen the road for introducing cycle tracks and to accommodate metro train which may come up in the area in the coming days. "It is true that there is no plan for metro on this stretch. But we have to widen the road in such a way that there will not be any problems in future" said a senior BBMP official. However, people who stand to lose their properties, term the Palikes decision "dictatorial." They say that the local body had not conducted any social impact assessment which is mandatory before taking up any huge project. Besides, property owners will be compensated only through issue of transferable development rights (TDR). They have no option to claim compensation in the form of money. Chinnappa Reddy, who runs ...
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Is it Roerich estate land or forest land? 23.9.2017 Hindu: Home
Contradictory claims over 3.11 acres identified to be part of metro depot project
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BMRCL shifts Anjanapura depot to private land 22.9.2017 deccanherald.com
BMRCL has changed the location of the Anjanapura depot after a row over its original proposal to build the depot in Bhuthanahalli reserve forest land, which has been identified as a prime elephant corridor. The Forest Department had strongly objected to BMRCL's proposal to build a depot on 6.33 hectares of land in survey numbers 124 and 126. The chief secretary had to intervene on the issue following which a new patch of land near NICE Road has been identified. "We have now sorted out the issue. The Forest Department has given an in-principle approval for acquiring land for the depot next to NICE Road. Since acquiring forest land will create problems, we have identified private land of 15 to 20 acres on the right hand side of Kanakapura Road," he said. According to the new plan, the depot will come up at the corner near the intersection of Nice Road and Thalaghatpura Main Road (Pipe Line Road). "After crossing the NICE Road junction, the Metro line will will reverse and run for nearly a kilometre to ...
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Airport link: Revised alignment faster, safer, cheaper 21.9.2017 TOI: Cities
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s (BMRCL), which submitted the detailed project report for the airport link to the state government on Thursday, says that the revised alignment near the Cantonment Railway station—connecting the Shivajinagar and Pottery Town metro stations—is the best option available.
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GOCL soars to record high; Counter sees abnormal volumes 21.9.2017 Sify Finance
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BMRCL set to miss the train at Whitefield, KR Puram in Phase 2 15.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Amid the row over relocation of the Cantonment Metro station, BMRCL seems to be wading into a controversy with Whitefield and KR Puram too as the two proposed Metro stations in Phase 2 remain far from railway stations. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) uploaded a map detailing the alignment of Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield line and the 13 stations along the 15.5-km corridor. While authorities have not changed much of the alignment or station locations, hopes of an integrated transport are dashed as the Metro stations are separated from the two key railway stations. While the Metro station at Whitefield will be situated about 700 metres from the railway station, at KR Puram, the busy Outer Ring Road (ORR) runs between the railway station and the Metro station coming up on the premises of Lowry Adventist College. Namma Metro has attracted criticism with several of its stations remaining inaccessible. At Majestic and Yeshwantpur, where Metro stations have been functioning for over an year, ...
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Busy road between K.R. Puram metro and railway stations 13.9.2017 Hindu: Cities
Commuters are already battling a similar problem with Cantonment metro station
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Need more land to enhance services: railways to state 12.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
As chorus for the suburban rail has gained strength, the railways has once again reminded the state government that without insufficient land for maintenance lines at the Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) station, enhancing the services is impossible. In a letter written to the Department of Urban Land Transport (DULT) on August 10, Divisional Railway Manager R S Saxena noted that the KSR station was facing "severe limitations" due as rail infrastructure has made it impossible to introduce "any further services". Besides handling long-distance and suburban-like trains, the KSR station connects metro as well as KSRTC and BMTC bus stations. Without dedicated lines at the central nerve of the city, the suburban rail cannot function. The railways planned to establish maintenance activities (pit lines and sicklines) at Binny Mill land area. "We are making maximum utilisation of KSR station. Shifting the maintanance lines is essential to clear the platforms. However, the land that was handed over to us (3.3 ...
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BMRCL 'not bothered' about connecting rail, bus stations 11.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The status of the proposed bridge to link Yeshwantpur Metro and railway stations not only exposes BMRCL's attitude towards integrating different modes of transport, but also tells us what to expect in Phase 2 Metro stations such as Cantonment. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has given same reply on status of the bridge in replies to two RTI queries separated by a gap of three years. Urban transport expert Sanjeev Dyamannavar filed the first RTI query in April 2014 and reply came six months later. "BMRCL had written to Railways for development of skywalk between (the) Metro station and Yeshwanthpur Railway station and offered to share the cost. There is no response from Railways. BMRCL is pursuing with Railways authorities," the BMRCL replied. As there was no progress, Dyamannavar wrote to the Urban Development Ministry in May 2017. The reply came more than three months later did not indicate any progress. "Recently, the South Western Railway (SWR) has advised the cost for leasing the ...
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