After hitting a few roadblocks, the longest underground segment of the Bengaluru metro is currently moving forward steadily.
To verify the information above, authorities reportedly recently paid visits to three stations that were still being built as well as a tunnel boring machine (TBM). The most famous street in Bengaluru, MG Road, would receive a new metro station that is more than 62 feet below, according to the source. The central business district (CBD) will be closer to the city’s southern and northeastern suburbs thanks to this station, which is a component of the Pink Line and will link to the existing Purple Line.
Through a 13.76-kilometer underground section and a 7.5-kilometer elevated section, the 21.26-kilometer Pink Line links Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road, and Nagavara. Twelve of its 18 stations are subterranean.
According to the report, the civil construction at MG Road and Shivajinagar is roughly 90% finished. There are other ongoing technological projects. Lakkasandra civil construction has started, according to the Deccan Herald. By the second half of 2024, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) anticipates completing all construction and track-laying work on the Pink Line and starting work on traction, signaling, and other technical aspects.
Passengers on the Purple Line would be able to easily switch to the Pink Line and vice versa, according to Subrahmanya Gudge, Chief Engineer (Underground Section (RT 01 & 02), BMRCL.
The MG Road underground station will have four entrances and Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates on the concourse level. The BMRCL has come up with a plan to integrate the two stations, despite the fact that the underground station is around 100 meters distant from the current elevated station.
Tunneling on other stretches of the Pink Line is also getting ready to be finished, adding to the development of the project. With a breakthrough anticipated in the early part of next year, TBMs Tunga and Bhadra are now excavating from Venkateshpura via KG Halli. Between Venkateshpura and Nagavara, the two machines must tunnel 2.79 kilometers, according to reports. The BMRCL has tunneled 17.93 km of the anticipated 20.991 km, according to the authorities. As of September 24, 2023, TBM Tunga’s second drive has covered 928 of the 1,184 meters between Venkateshpura and KG Halli.