The soil test for 38-km KR Puram-Kempegowda International Airport line via Hebbal will begin next week. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has sought permission from the civic body BBMP for the same.
According to the letter sent to the civic body, the metro line will pass through the K R Puram to Hebbal and continues on the right side of NH-44 over 5 metres of dedicated land between main carriage and service road from Hebbal to Trumpet. This provides stations such as Bettahalarasu, Kasturi Nagar, Horamavu, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, HBR Layout, Nagaswara, Veeranna Palya, Kempapura, Hebbal, Kodiegehalli, Jakkur Cross, Yelahanka, PPR Cross, Trumper Junction Airport City, and KIA Terminal along the line.
“Given the identification of the soil strata, it is proposed to take up soil investigation work over the footpath, median, and the edge of main, and service road for approximately 100 locations. They need to be barricaded along the Outer Ring Road, and the work will be completed in approximately four months,” the letter stated.
BMRCL will issue the tenders for the work by October. The Government has approved all the 17 stations and has estimated Rs 10,584 crores for the work.
In the proposal, which was tweaked from the earlier one, Namma Metro has added a new station Bettahalarasu. The average distance between stations from KR Puram to Yelahanka is 1.5 km, and this goes up to 4.6 km in the remaining section. The distance between Bagalur Cross and Trumpet stations was 8.71 km, and therefore, the proposal was made to add an additional station.
However, the total number of stations will remain 17 as the Government has approved another plan to club the Kasturi Nagar and Channasandra stations. This will be named as Kasturi Nagar station. It will be located 289 metres south of Channasandra station.