Minor adjustments are likely to be made in the alignment of the Metro line at Jayadeva Hospital, according to P S Kharola, Managing Director, BMRCL.
Offering some hope to citizen groups protesting against the realignment and additional land acquisition, Kharola said, “We require about `500 crore towards land acquisition itself. By making minor adjustments to the alignment, we hope to reduce these costs. The idea is to minimise the inconvenience on the people.”
He was speaking on the sidelines of an inspection of Metro works by Transport Minister, Ramalinga Reddy.
He, however, did not specify whether adjustments will be made to the original alignment or the realignment, following the letter written by C N Manjunath, Director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research.
Ramalinga Reddy, maintained that while the plan itself was in the initial stages, efforts will also be made to to ensure that the hospital did not suffer the consequences of these ‘adjustments’, indicating that changes were likely to made to the realignment and not the original alignment.
Kharola said that the adjustments may have some effect on the speed of Namma Metro, that were unavoidable. “The speed may be reduced to some extent, but at Metro stations, the trains slow down anyway and therefore, it might not be too much of a problem,” he said.
Considering protests by various citizen groups against the realignment, Kharola stated that all stake holders will be consulted during the discussion. “At present, my priority is to get Reach 3 and Reach 3(a) opened. It is only after this, that we will hold the discussions. But stakeholders will be consulted during these discussions,” he said.
Reach 3 (Sampige Road to Yeshwantpur) and Reach 3(a) (Yeshwantpur to Peenya Industry) is likely to be commissioned in the end of November or early December, 2013. “The process of getting various approval are in progress. We hope that the Commissioner of Railway Safety’s (CRS) inspection and approval will be received in the mean time,” he said.
When reporters referred to the 16-month long wait for approvals for Reach 1, Kharola said that BMRCL, made wiser through the experience of commissioning Reach 1, were confident of getting approvals on time.
Reach 3(b), Peenya Industry to Nagasandra, however, will be ready only by March, he said, adding that Reach 4 (National College to Rashtriya Vidyalaya Road) will also be ready in March. However, in order for Reach 4 to be open to the public, the Majestic Interchange station too had to be ready and this was expected only by the end of 2014.
Mayor Sathyanarayana, who was also part of the inspecting team, submitted a memorandum to BMRCL requesting that the condition of roads on Kanakapura Road, National High School and College Road and Peenya Road be improved. “The condition of these roads are pathetic and we have requested BMRCL to asphalt them so that travelling is not such a hassle for commuters,” the Mayor said.
BBMP will also look into providing parking facilities near Metro stations, depending on the availability of land.
BBMP plans to use funds under JnNURM or invite private players to participate in constructing parking facilities on a PPP basis.