Infrastructure

First Inter-State Metro Of South India: CMRL Floats Tenders For Feasibility Study Of Bengaluru To Hosur Metro Connectivity

V Bhagya Subhashini

Aug 02, 2023, 11:22 AM | Updated 11:22 AM IST

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  • The proposed route will span a length of 20.5 km. Of this stretch, 11.7 km will be in Karnataka and the remaining 8.8 km will be in Tamil Nadu.
  • Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has recently invited tenders for the preparation of a feasibility study for the first inter-state metro project in the country.

    This project aims to connect Hosur in Tamil Nadu with Boomasandra in Karnataka.

    This initiative, which proposes to link the Tamil Nadu and Bangalore industrial corridor in Karnataka through a metro rail, is the first of its kind.

    The proposed route will span a length of 20.5 kilometres. Of this stretch, 11.7 km will be in Karnataka and the remaining 8.8 km will be in Tamil Nadu.

    According to the Tamil Nadu government, the metro link between Hosur and Bengaluru would encourage further growth and development of the industrial town.

    Currently, Hosur is home to over 2,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

    Earlier, the CMRL had written to the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) seeking approval to move forward by conducting a feasibility study for the construction of the proposed rail link.

    For the same, the Karnataka government, in 2022, had also written to MoHUA, giving its concurrence to the project, as it will support a large number of people to travel between Hosur and Bengaluru without much hassle. 

    While Bengaluru remains one of the megacities in India, Hosur in Tamil Nadu has emerged as a hub for several big conglomerates like TVS, Ashok Leyland and Titan.

    It is further growing as a major centre for electric vehicles (EVs) infrastructure and industries in the state.

    Many homegrown EV companies like Ather, Ola Electric, and Simple Energy have already set up manufacturing units in the Hosur-Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri region. 

    After being discussed for over six months, the MoHUA has finally given its approval for the feasibility study to be conducted.

    CMRL is expected to carry out the study independently, and the subsequent stages of the project will be determined based on the findings of this study.

    V Bhagya Subhashini is a staff writer at Swarajya. She tracks infrastructure developments.


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