Bengaluru Metro airport line to now run through Hebbal 

Metro changed plan due to the presence of a high-pressure Bengaluru-Mangaluru petroleum pipeline passing through the originally proposed route.

Published: 12th October 2018 07:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2018 11:47 AM   |  A+A-

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BENGALURU:  The Metro line proposed from Nagawara to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is likely to be realigned to run through Hebbal. The realignment is being considered by the state as well as Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) due to the presence of a high-pressure Bengaluru-Mangaluru petroleum pipeline passing through the originally proposed route, thereby ruling out any construction activity in its vicinity, said highly placed sources.

As per the original Detailed Project Report of the Phase-2B Metro line, the 29.62-km line was to begin at Nagawara, head to RK Hedge Nagar via Thanisandra Main Road. It was to then turn left to Jakkur Flying School and take the Ballari Main Road to terminate at the airport. The Rs 5,950-crore line was approved by the state cabinet on December 11, 2017, and was slated have six stations — R K Hegde Nagar, Jakkur, Yelahanka (Kogilu Cross) and Chikkajala apart from two stations inside KIA. The 21.25-km Gottigere-Nagawara line (red line), which has the longest underground corridor of Phase-II, will connect with the airport line when ready. 

“The new proposal suggests taking the line directly from Nagawara station via Outer Ring Road to Hebbal and then taking Ballari Main Road right up to Jakkur Flying School. From there, the alignment will remain the same as the original plan,” said a source. 

Explaining the reasons for the sudden change in alignment long after it had been approved, a source said, “There are practical problems. The presence of the high-pressure petroleum pipeline which passes between Hegde Nagar and the flying school has forced this rethink. Due to safety regulations, no construction can come up for up to 9 metres on either side of the pipeline.”

There is a major water pipeline too which is in the way, but some kind of arrangement can be worked out for that. “The petroleum pipeline cannot be touched,” the source explained. If the proposal is approved by the Cabinet, then a Metro station will come up at Hebbal instead of RK Hegde Nagar.

Pressed for details on the revised cost or length of the Metro line, an official said, “The distance will be almost the same. We are still working out other details. It will be made public by the government when it is all completed.”As per both the old and new plan, the Metro line will mostly be elevated barring a small section near the Yelahanka air force station where it will run at ground level and then continue as an elevated line.

Taking a different route
■ No construction can be taken up on either side of high-pressure petroleum pipeline running through original Metro route 
■ Metro station will come up at Hebbal instead of R K Hegde Nagar
■ Distance to airport will be almost the same as originally planned

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  • Rajiv

    The line to Nagwara is from Shivajinagar. The change will make the route circuitious and will discourage air passengers. The most logical and convenient route is through Hegdenagar. There are multiple ways to reach the metro line from Hebbal. The change in route is just favors friends of politicians.
    14 days ago reply
  • Shivakumar

    The idea is good but I don't know how our great engineers have submitted the plan for sanction of project. The government has to prioritize the airport connectivity at the earliest. The project has suffered many obstacles at the time of finalization of the project just like considering monorail
    19 days ago reply
  • chetan

    Good idea
    21 days ago reply
  • Naveen GK

    I don't think the pipeline is the problem, its the authorities that have a problem with the sudden change after a year ???? its very clear, there is a gain from hebbal to the concerned people and its not about the pipelines.
    25 days ago reply
  • deepa kumari m r

    To enter North Bangalore Hebbal is best point
    1 month ago reply
  • Raghavendra

    1 month ago reply
  • Ahmed

    BMRCL must see the way to create a Metro Station in RK Hegedenagar should be by passed. if petroleum pipes are their then during initial project design they were not knowing everything they know seems smoothing really fishy in new plan. RK Hegedenagar and Jakkur must be brought up these areas requires the connectivity
    1 month ago reply
  • Robert

    Nagwara-Hennur Road - airport road would have been a better option
    1 month ago reply
  • Vijay Srinivas

    This seems to be a more sensible option. But Sahakara Nagar
    1 month ago reply
  • Saleem King

    Plans are changed for the benefit of Politicians & not the general public. Good that they have not entered Tannery Road or RT Nagar otherwise Metro Construction will become a History
    1 month ago reply
  • Ashwath

    That’s a sensible decision. Even other wise the Bellary Road being the major artery road connecting North - South Bangalore with very high volume of traffic & commuters is long overdue to have metro connectivity and was denied of the same all these years. Hope it gets through.????
    1 month ago reply
  • sunny

    Instead of taking the line through Hegde Nagar They could have taken the line through Sathanur which has less traffic congestion I guess the ministers and bureaucrats surely know how to derail mango people plans. Namma Kar Nataka (MAhaan)
    1 month ago reply
  • Shijo

    Was the pipeline found last week?
    1 month ago reply
  • Mohan

    Metro lines via Hebbal is need of the hour considering the traffic pile up at Hebbal flyover everyday. Hebbal can be a Traffic hub in case Metro passes thru that.
    1 month ago reply
    • Ravi Kumar

      It is true that via Hebbal is the best and sensible option as it is already now a transit hub with Bust station and railway station. It will connect North to South which will definitely reduce traffic on the road
      1 month ago reply
  • Mahesh

    Was it not aware earlier before finalizing the route? I am sure there must be commercial lobby to change the route
    1 month ago reply
    • Hariharan

      Hebbal real estate guys around that area are very powerful.. suddenly the prices fell and they must have formed a group and now this is the result.. they have achieved their target.. Hegde nagar folks are not so powerful and hence the result.. Every place should have balanced development.. everything under the sky should not be in only one place..
      1 month ago reply
    • Hariharan

      The new MD is totally corrupted.. nothing can be done!! there are so many stations that have been constructed around bangalore.. and MD never thought of gas line.. now suddenly it became a hurdle.. thats because hebbal real estate people hefty money for this 'gas' idea..
      1 month ago reply
  • Basanagowda r patil

    The. Tragic at airport road is high
    1 month ago reply
  • Sai

    If it is Bangalore -Mangalore pipeline
    1 month ago reply
  • Shiva

    Very good idea. Safety cannot be compromised. Also needs a metro station.
    1 month ago reply

    it is very good proposal
    1 month ago reply
  • Naveen

    Kind of a joke by metro. How did they pass earlier plan and agreed for route via Hegde Nagar ? Who approved the DPR ? Isn't the DPR had petroleum line mentioned? You can also pass via nagawara till kogilu cross in the same line without touching pipe line. It is all vested interest of people in power. What they are not understanding is if everything come over NH7 (metro
    1 month ago reply
  • Ritu

    Not convinced with the explanation. The Thanisandra Road is already so congested... looks like a political gimmick again.
    1 month ago reply
  • Hariharan

    The gas pipeline is just an excuse. The actual reason is corruption. People around hebbal and sahakar nagar are loosing real estate price and hence this story. Pradeep Singh Kharola was real good person. The new GM is totally corrupt.
    1 month ago reply
  • Hariharan

    Corruption at its core.. there is no gas pipeline at mess.. Bangalore Metro is just a mess.. the hebbal flyover is already conjusted.. this will make a hell out near hebbal..
    1 month ago reply
  • Narayana Swamy

    There is HT electric lane near kodige halli
    1 month ago reply
  • Seema Jain

    Very fishy indeed.
    1 month ago reply
  • Narayana Swamy

    Already hebbal is facing traffic hurdles
    1 month ago reply
  • Prakash

    seems completely fishy. Are there no constructions around the pipeline. Some vested interests wanting the metro to run through the route...
    1 month ago reply
    • Hariharan

      "vested interests" is the real reason for change in line..!!
      1 month ago reply
    • Anand

      Without having connectivity to Hebbal was wrong as it would not have achieved the objective of infra.Better pipeline has saved Bengalureans
      1 month ago reply
    • Nayeem

      I completely agree with you
      1 month ago reply
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