The Bengaluru Metropolitan Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has finally announced the location of the Whitefield Metro station.
The BMRCL were confused over whether to locate this terminal on the left or the right side of the upcoming Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield line (Reach-I) of Phase-II. They have now decided to locate the station on the left side, in front of the Whitefield police station, reported New Indian Express.
Because of the confusion over which side of the line the station should be built on, no land has been acquired. The station will be a terminating one, meaning it’ll be the last station in the line. There will be 13 stations on the line, reported the New Indian Express.
BMRCL has now begun the process of writing to the Forest Department to acquire 48 acres of land for this as well as the Kadugodi depot.
They also have to acquire the land for the other end of the line, between Baiyappanahalli and Jyotipuram station for which 4 acres are still required.
“Since the new KR Puram-Silk Board line was proposed after Phase-II was finalized, Baiyappanahalli must now have two lines instead of one as this line and the KR Puram line need to be linked here. So this acquisition too has got a bit delayed,” a senior BMRCL official told the New Indian Express.
Work has begun in full swing along the Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield stretch. The firm ITD Cementation Limited has been awarded the construction contract.
Work has not begun at the Whitefield station while it is at preliminary stages at the other 12 stations with KR Puram seeing the maximum progress.
Officials are also optimistic about meeting the 2019 deadline.