BMRCL floats tender for KR Puram-Bengaluru Airport Metro corridor

Tenders called for three packages for Metro’s Airport Line. Two tenders had already been called for from Central Silk Board to KR Puram and the contractors are yet to be finalized.

BENGALURU: Setting the stage for the much-awaited airport-Metro corridor, BMRCL on Tuesday floated a civil work tender for the 36km KR Puram-Kempegowda International Airport line.

The move is expected to benefit thousands of airport-bound passengers and staff, who now rely on private cabs and BMTC Vayu Vajra buses to commute.

BMRCL floated the airport corridor civil work tender in three packages — 639.9 crore, Rs 645.3 crore and Rs 620.9 crore, respectively. Officials said they received NoC from Asian Development Bank, which is funding the airport line.

The first package will have eight stations: Kasturinagar, Horamavu, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, HBR Layout, Nagawara, Veerannapalya and Kempapura. The second will have Hebbal, Kodigehalli, Jakkur Cross, Yelahanka and Bagalur Cross. The third package is between Bettahalasuru and Doddajala near Yelahanka Air Force Station which will be constructed underground to not disrupt air base operations. Bangalore International Airport Limited will build the two proposed Airport City station and KIA Terminal on the airport premises; a separate tender will be floated.

However, the Centre is yet to approve the corridor project, though has given in-principle permission to seek loan funding from ADB and JICA.

Two tenders had already been called for from Central Silk Board to KR Puram and the contractors are yet to be finalized.  The sale of tender documents commenced on Tuesday for the three packages and the tender will be finalized on September 4.

The three contracts are as follows: (1) Eight elevated Metro stations covering 11 kms at a cost of Rs 639.95 croreand a 650 m link line to Baiyappanahalli. Kasturi Nagar, Horamavuk, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, HBR Layout, Nagawara, Veeranaplaya and Kempapura are the stations. (2): 11.67 km line covering five elevated stations of Hebbal, Kodigehalli Jakkur Cross, Yelahanka and Bagalur Cross along with a 250 m pocket track at an estimated cost of Rs 645.3 crore and (3)Rs 620 crore contract 15 km of Metro Line comprising two stations, Bettahalasuru and Doddajala. It will also include 718 m cut and cover portion in front of Yelahanka Air Force station, road widening and all other allied works of Phase-2.  The completion deadline is 27 months for the first one and 24 months for the second and third.

Tenders are yet to be called for three portions: Airport Depot at Trumpet Interchange, augmentation of Baiyappanahalli depot and construction of sky garden and KIA terminal stations.

Ajay Seth, Managing Director, BMRCL, told TNIE, “The land acquisition for the three packages is expected to be completed by September this year. We hope to complete this procurement process by December so that work can begin on the line in the first quarter of 2021.”

The Airport Line has a deadline of mid-2025. “When completed, the Silk Board-KIA line  will be longest metro line in Bangalore with provision for seamless connectivity to Outer Ring Road West also.”