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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  • Robert

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

    This seems to be a more sensible option. But Sahakara Nagar
    6 days 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
    8 days 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.????
    9 days 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)
    9 days ago reply
  • Shijo

    Was the pipeline found last week?
    9 days 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.
    10 days ago reply
  • Mahesh

    Was it not aware earlier before finalizing the route? I am sure there must be commercial lobby to change the route
    10 days 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..
      8 days 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..
      8 days ago reply
  • Basanagowda r patil

    The. Tragic at airport road is high
    10 days ago reply
  • Sai

    If it is Bangalore -Mangalore pipeline
    10 days ago reply
  • Shiva

    Very good idea. Safety cannot be compromised. Also needs a metro station.
    10 days ago reply
  • RAMLAL MAURYAN

    it is very good proposal
    10 days 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
    10 days ago reply
  • Ritu

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

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

    There is HT electric lane near kodige halli
    10 days ago reply
  • Seema Jain

    Very fishy indeed.
    10 days ago reply
  • Narayana Swamy

    Already hebbal is facing traffic hurdles
    10 days ago reply
  • Prakash

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

      "vested interests" is the real reason for change in line..!!
      7 days 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
      10 days ago reply
    • Nayeem

      I completely agree with you
      10 days ago reply
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