The BMRCL has decided to construct the Namma Metro depot at the end of Yelachenahalli – Anjanapura Township. It has been selected as it is outside the elephant corridor. Private forest of 15 acres is being acquired for this purpose.
BMRCL MD Pradeep Kharola said the Metro train that goes to Anjanapura Township will return via Devika Rani Roerich Estate station that is going to come up. The process of acquiring the private forest land is underway. The Metro Depot here will only take up washing and test. For all other repair work the trains have to go to Peenya Depot, he said.
The second phase of the Namma Metro civil works from Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura Township will be completed by 2018 March and complete installation by December 2018. The works are being carried out at a budget of Rs 508.86 crores and 111 pillars have been set up. Fixing the segment and the upper grade work will be completed by March. Track and cable installation will be completed by December 2018.
After the pillars are completed spans will be identified at a distance of 28 meters, around 6 pillars and segments will be fixed. For each segment to be placed requires 5 days. In a month around 7 to 8 spans can be fixed. By March span fixing will be completed and laying of track will begin.
Since the Forest Department did not permit construction of depot at the elephant corridor it has been decided to construct the Metro depot at Devika Rani Roerich Estate at Tataguni. A station will also come up at the entrance of the estate, Kharola said.
The team inspected the spare parts preparation unit for the Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura Township and Tataguni route.
The stations that will come up on this route are Anjanapura cross, Krishnaleela Park, Vajarahalli, Talaghattapura, Anjanapura Township and Devika Rani Roerich Estate. At Tataguni a unit is preparing segments at an area of 50 acres.
Urban Development Minister K J George said there is a possibility of Airport Authority investing for setting up Metro connection to Kempe Gowda International Airport. The matter is yet to be discussed with the Chief Minister, he said.