Bangalore Metro Rail Project
Bangalore, the IT Capital of India is bustling with development
of infrastructure at a frantic pace. Top companies of the
world have set shop in the city. The pressure on the infrastructure
is increasing manifold. Transport sector is under pressure
like never before. Road, Rail and Airport connectivity issues
have become the top priority of the administration. The city
of Bangalore with a growing population of more than 6.8 million
is plagued with traffic chaos owing to steep rise in the number
of private vehicles in the form of two-wheelers and cars.
The number of private vehicles comprising of two and four
wheelers have reached a figure of 31 lakh as of December 2007.
The public transport system is not at all effective. The demand
for better infrastructure is growing day-by-day and so far
the delivery mechanism is not in place. The solution to this
problem lies in charting a common transport solution by way
of establishing smooth coordination between various agencies
such as the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore
Traffic Police and BMTC. New developments are on and about
to bear fruits in the form of expected launch of the Bangalore
Airport at Devanhalli.
As part of intracity solution aiming at reducing congestion
and enable smooth flow of people from one end to another,
Bangalore Metro Rail Project was conceived and is being implemented
Bangalore Metro Rail Project (Namma Metro)
The Bangalore Metro will be fully integrated with other modes
of transport without overlapping the others. Bus will function
as a feeder service to the metro. The metro will seamlessly
integrate with the existing rail network at Byappanahalli
Railway Station in the East, Yeshwantpur Railway Station in
the North and Bangalore City Railway Station and Kempegowda
Bus Stand in the Central parts of the city. The project with
stations being planned on the route, promises to offer seamless
connectivity, comfort, better frequency, convenience, safety
and aesthetics at affordable rates. Within 33 minutes one
can travel from one end to another.
Conceptualization: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in
partnership with RITES prepared a Detailed Project Report
(DPR) for Bangalore Metro Rail, Phase I in 2003 at the instance
of the Government. It proposed two double line corridors:
East-West (EW) and North-South (NS) with a total length of
33 km. The Bangalore Metro Rail finally took shape with the
Karnataka Government clearing the project in March 2005 and
the Union Government giving its approval in April 2006.
Development phases: The Bangalore metro rail project execution
will be done in two phases. Phase 1 will cover construction
works for 4 reaches in the East West Corridor. Works have
already started for Phase-I and is expected to complete by
mid 2011. Phase-II will cover construction works for 4 reaches
in the North South Corridor. So far plans are not yet finalised
for this phase.
Economics: The total project outlay was estimated at Rs 6395
crore in 2006. Project funding is planned by equity (30 per
cent), subordinate debt (25 per cent) and senior term debt
(45 per cent). Out of the total project cost, the Central
Government will contribute 25 per cent, Karnataka Government's
share will be 30 per cent and the rest 45 per cent will be
through senior term debt.
Land for the project: The land requirement of the Bangalore
Metro project will be met by the State Government. Private
land acquisition accounts to only 12 per cent of the total
requirement. The Bangalore Metro is acquiring 138 acres of
central government land, out of which 102 acres of defense
land has already been released. 26 acres of land belonging
to the National Power Corporation of India Limited has been
purchased, while four acres of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
land is under transfer. Acquisition of the remaining six acres
is still in progress. 32.22 acres of land belonging to the
Government of Karnataka and its entities have already been
released. 27 acres of private land acquisition for the project
is in progress.
Route map: The project is based on Standard Gauge. The first
phase of Bangalore Metro, consisting of two corridors of double
line electrified, will cover a total of 33 km. The East-West
corridor will be 18.10 km. long, starting from Byappanahalli
and terminating at Mysore Road terminal, going via Old Madras
Road, Indiranagar, C.M.H. Road, Ulsoor, Trinity Circle, M.G.
Road, Cricket Stadium, Vidhana Soudha, Central College, Majestic,
City Railway Station, Magadi Road, Hosahalli, Vijayanagar
and Deepanjali Nagar. The 14.90 km. North-South corridor will
begin at Yeshwantpur Terminal and terminate at R.V. Road terminal
going via Mahalakshmi, Rajajinagar, Kuvempu Road, Malleswaram,
Swastik, Majestic, Chikpet, City Market, K.R. Road, Lalbagh,
South End Circle and Jayanagar. Out of the 33 km., 6.76 km.
will be underground near City Railway Station, Vidhana Soudha,
Majestic and City Market and most of the rest will be elevated.
Modern coaches: Each train will consist of three coaches
(2.88 m wide) to start with. The train can accommodate a total
of 1000 persons. The coaches will be light weight modern coaches
and will be later augmented to six - the carrying capacity
of a six coach train will be 2068 passengers. The coaches,
with stainless steel shells are air-conditioned and have self-closing
Benefits: Project aims to reduce traffic congestion, fuel
consumption, strains on the road network and ultimately reduction
in pollution levels. The number of passengers expected to
travel on the metro everyday is estimated at 10.20 lakh in
2011 and 16.10 lakh in 2021. The fare structure is nominal
and will vary between Rs 7 and Rs 15.
Contractors / Agencies involved and work status: Navayuga
Engineering Company Ltd was awarded the work of constructing
elevated structure (viaduct) between ch 11200m to ch 17600m
excluding station portions from Byappanahalli to Cricket Stadium
(Reach-1) section of Bangalore Metro. The contract value is
Rs 138.55 crore. Work commenced in April 2007 and is expected
to complete by 19th April, 2009. Widening of road in R1, R2
and R3 is being undertaken by Surendra Construction Pvt Ltd.
Detailed Design Consultants (DDC) awarded to RITES for Reach
1, Span Consultants for Reach 2, Stup Consultants for Reach
3. Detailed Design Consultants (DDC) for Stations awarded
as follows: Reach 2 - Span Consultants, Reach 3 - S N Bhobe
Associates, Reach 4 - L&T Ramboll Consulting Engineers
Ltd. Design work under progress. Rolling Stock suppliers short
listed. The project is likely to change the face of Bangalore
in the days to come.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL)
The number of passengers estimated to travel by year 2011
is around 10.21 lakh.
Rs 6,395 Crore
Funding planned through equity, subordinate debt and senior
term debt in the ratio of 30:25:45 respectively.
PB Group, USA
General consultants were appointed on 21st June 2007 for
a contract value of Rs 136 crore and the period of contract
is upto December 2012.
Land Acquisition: 80 per cent of stretches notified &
vesting with Government.The Government of India has recently
cleared implementation of Bangalore Metro Rail Project by
the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. The project covers
a length of 33 kms. The project will be implemented by the
year 2011 and it provides much needed transport infrastructure
to the city of Bangalore. The Government have accepted the
recommendations of the Group of Ministers on the operation
and maintenance of Metro Rail systems. According to the recommendation,
the choice of gauge is to be left to the concerned State governments
Detailed Design Consultancy Services for Trackwork design
Tender no.: BMR-DDC-TRACK 1
Metro Rail Project-Phase-I comprising of an East - West Corridor
of approximately 18.1 km long with 17 Stations and a North
- South Corridor of approximately 14.9 km long with 15 Stations.
The track alignment consists of combination of at-grade, elevated,
and underground construction. The trains will be operated
by 3rd rail electrified traction power supply system. The
track gauge will be standard Gauge (1435mm).
Tender Document Cost: Rs 25,000/-
Security Amount: Rs 4,00,000 /-
Document available upto: 16th May 2008
Submission / Opening Date: 29th May 2008
Pre-qualification tender notification for Automatic fare
collection (AFC) system
Tender No. 1-AFC-PQ Dt. 8th April 2008
BMRCL intends to shortlist design, manufacture, supply, installation,
testing and commissioning of automatic fare collection (AFC)
system for Bangalore Metro Rail Project.
Document available upto 15/05/2008
Submission Date: 04/07/2008
Contact: D.D. Pahuja, Director (RSE),3rd Floor, BMTC Complex,
KH Road, Shanthinagar, Bangalore - 560027. Tel: 080 -22969300
/ 301, Fax: 22969222, Email: email@example.com
Credits: Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma, Foundation of Infrastructure
Research Studies Training (FIRST)