In an attempt to expedite the work on connecting the city with the airport the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has called for fresh geo-technical feasibility bids to explore the viability of connecting the airport line of the Metro Rail through the KR Puram line. In an earlier proposal, the Metro airport line was to be an extension of the Gottigere-Nagawara line of Phase-II, but now the BMRCL is considering connecting it to the KR Puram-Hebbal line.
The BMRCL is now considering the option of connecting the airport Metro line via KR Puram, Nagawara, Hebbal, and Yelahanka to the Kempegowda International Airport. The rail link from Nagawara to the airport, which will run for about 29 kms, is estimated to cost Rs 5,900 crore. The route will have six stations, including two inside KIA, going by the detailed project report ( DPR) submitted by the BMRCL to the government.
However it remains to be seen if the stations at the airport will be elevated, ground-level or even underground. The BIAL has reportedly asked the BMRCL to construct underground or ground-level stations as an elevated station may affect air traffic signals. “The guidelines say that there should be no high-rise structures within the approach funnel of any airport to provide a safe glide path for the aircraft. Also, the ground level station will help air travelers get easy access to both Terminals 1 and 2,” explained an officer.
The BMRCL however maintains that plans are already underway and that the DPR clearly states that the two stations at the airport will be elevated. One will at the entrance near the Sky Garden and another near the terminal. The plans are being re-examined to see if one of the stations can be placed at ground level to accommodate the BIAL’s concerns.