Namma Metro To Bengaluru Airport: Karnataka Government’s New Route 9 Km Longer, To Cost Rs 5,000 Crore MoreBangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, (BMRCL) project work in progress in Bengaluru. (Photo by Gireesh Gv/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

Karnataka Cabinet, on Thursday (10 January), has approved the airport line metro’s route change that passes through the eastern part of the city. The move comes at additional cost of Rs 5,000 crore.

Initially planned to be taken through Nagawara, the route will now pass via Hebbal and Jakkur, making the route longer by nine kilometres- a total journey of 38 km on the line. The cost of the project has been revised to Rs 10,584 crore as opposed to earlier estimate of Rs 5,950 crore.

Successive governments have been constantly changing the plans of the metro in the city, which is supposed to accommodate the rising migrant population who seek jobs and education in the capital. Perhaps, this has been only one of the cities where the people have been fighting for better public transport, growth and a planned expansion, Livemint reported.

The Cabinet has also given the approval to the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) report on the suburban railways. The project cost estimated is around Rs 23,093 crore and will serve more than 10 lakh people in the city by 2025.

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