The railway infrastructure development company Karnataka Limited (K -RIDE), is a special-purpose vehicle established by the state and railways. It is implementing a 148-kilometer project costing ₹15,657 crore, and the project has been advancing rapidly. MD, K-RIDE, Amit Garg informed them that they are now ready to bid for civil engineering.
The large-scale project will have four corridors, including KSR Bengaluru City-Yelahanka-Devanahalli (Sampige), Byappanahalli-Yeshwantpur-Chikkabanavara (Mallige), KengeriCantonment-Whitefield (Parijaata) and Heelalige-Yelahanka-Rajanukunte (Kanaka). The authorities plan to conduct the first civil engineering tender (Kanaka Line) soon after all preparations for the tender are completed. He added that about 85% of the land is ready, the remaining 5-6% of land from state governments and 7-8% of land from individuals will be acquired soon.
Although acquiring land in core urban areas, cutting down trees is a challenge for Namma Metro, and the construction of suburban corridors along existing railway tracks may be a major issue for K-RIDE. Railway operating departments rarely allow construction along the operating track, and the authorities have fine-tuned the route after consulting the South Western Railway.
News Source : NBM&CW