The Karnataka Government gave nod to the change in alignment to the proposed Bengaluru Airport Metro link. The State Government earlier sanctioned a budget of Rs. 5,950 crore to the metro link project that will offer smooth rail connectivity to the international airport located on the outskirts of the city.
Recently, on 11th January the State council of ministers gave approval to the change in route under which the Kempegowda International Airport will be connected with KR Puram via Hebbal Nagawara.
Earlier, the metro to airport was planned to be the expansion of Gottigere-Nagawara stretch, which is also known as Reach 6 of Phase II. This metro track was supposed to pass via RK Hegde Nagar after Nagawara, without bending towards the Hebbal junction.
But, the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation [BMRC] planned a new route that will pass through Nagawara, Hebbal, Jakkur and an additional station of Kodigehalli. The Nagawara station will become an intersection for changing trains on the route and a non-stop metro service will be offered between Central Silk Board Junction and airport.
With the change in alignment, this route will become a 38-km stretch whereas it was a corridor of 29.62-km according to the earlier plan. Now, this will connect the International Airport with more areas of the Bengaluru city.
The Council of ministers also gave a nod to land acquisition for this project as they have received clearances from the Central Government and now the project will cost Rs. 10,584 crore to the State Government.
Apart from this, the State Government also approved the additional Metro station, Challaghatta, on the route and the construction of this station will cost Rs. 140 crore to the State Government. The cabinet also sanctioned a financial plan for the development of Metro Phase 2A from Central Silk Board to KR Puram.