The Karnataka government has proposed the construction of a new metro line between Hebbal and Sarjapur, spanning approximately 37 km. The estimated cost of this project is Rs 15,000 crore.
The state government will be submitting a proposal to the Union government for approval.
Namma Metro, the second largest metro network in the country, currently covers around 70 km and serves 5.7 lakh commuters daily. In the coming fiscal year, the metro lines will be expanded by 100 km.
The expansion will include lines from Baiyyappanahalli to Krishnarajapura, Kengeri to Challaghatta, Nagasandra to Madawara, and RV Road to Bommasandra.
By the end of 2024, a total of 27 km of new lines will be added. Additionally, over the next three years, the metro network will be increased from 70 km to 176 km, which is 2.5 times the current coverage, as stated in the budget.
According to the budget, a detailed project report (DPR) for Metro Phase-3 has been submitted to the Union government for approval. This phase, estimated to cost Rs 16,328 crore, will cover a total length of 45 km, connecting Kempapura to J P Nagar 4th phase and Hosahalli to Kadabagere, including the Western Outer Ring Road line.
The budget highlights that the Namma Metro and Bengaluru Suburban Railway Project are currently being implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 30,000 crore. These projects are expected to take at least 5 years to complete, according to The Hindu report.
The state government has allocated Rs 1,000 crore for the Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project. The total budget for this project is Rs 15,767 crore, with Rs 3,242 crore coming from the central government and Rs 7,438 crore from external sources as a loan component.
So far, the central government has released Rs 500 crore and the state government has released Rs 660 crore.
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