Projects Info | 12-18 May, 2008


Bangalore Metro Rail Project

In Transit
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 35
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 doors.

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.

Project Facts

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.


RITES, India
PCI, Japan
PB Group, USA
SYSTRA, France

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.


33 km

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 to decide.

Current Opportunities

Detailed Design Consultancy Services for Trackwork design of Bangalore

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:


Credits: Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma, Foundation of Infrastructure Research Studies Training (FIRST)


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