Namma Metro moots mid-air interchange station at Jayadeva Circle

बंगलोर Bangalore (SBC): A six-level super-infrastructure at Jayadeva Circle, the intersection of Bannerghatta Road and Ragi Gudda Road, may be a reality if a proposal by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) passes muster.

The BMRC has planned a two-level elevated interchange Metro station at the circle where a three-level grade separator is already in place. The BDA has proposed building an elevated expressway above it and the station will come up above the expressway, way above ground level.

Confirming the proposal, BMRC managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola said, “We’re trying to integrate the BDA elevated road with the Metro lines and station to reduce land acquisition.”

This plan is subject to the feasibility tests and other clearances, BMRC officials said.

The BMRC has been forced to innovate as the Jayadeva Metro station has been mired in controversy. The Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences is reportedly against the station close to its campus, but relocating the station a few feet away will involve acquisition of land on which are located several residential and commercial buildings. About 98 properties would have to be acquired for it.

To minimize land acquisition and satisfy all stakeholders, BMRC has come up with this plan to construct the interchange station above the junction. The station will be built at the intersection of the Gottigere-Nagawara and RV Road-Bommasandra lines proposed under Phase II of the Namma Metro project.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah had, in his last budget, proposed an elevated expressway to link Jayadeva Circle and the Central Silk Board junction at a cost of Rs 150 crore.

Six-level plan

The existing three-level grade separator

First level: Bannerghatta Road below ground level, linking Dairy Circle with Bannerghatta

Second level: Ground-level Marenahalli Road, linking Jayanagar with BTM Layout.

Third level: Elevated arms for vehicles coming from Jayanagar and Bannerghatta Road and heading towards BTM Layout.

Fourth level (proposed): Elevated road from Jayadeva Circle to Central Silk Board Junction

Two-level interchange station: Two Metro lines — Gottigere-Nagawara and RV Road-Bommasandra — will crisscross at two levels here