The construction of a metro station near Tin Factory on Old Madras Road has been temporarily suspended. Reason: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation has gone back to the drawing board to redesign some aspects to allow for future expansion.
BMRCL now plans to build a separate double-decker (metro-cumroad) corridor between KR Puram and Tin Factory, which will ultimately connect to the Kempegowda International Airport.
“The work has been stopped,” confirmed BMRCL MD Ajay Seth. “We are planning to build a double-decker corridor near Tin Factory. Since it’s a busy area and there is very little space, we are looking at ways to provide a comprehensive engineering solution. The study report is expected to be ready by the end of this month,” he revealed.
The “temporary suspension of work”, for over a month now, was ordered after a fresh plan to build a parallel metro line including a double-decker corridor next to the Tin Factory station came about. The parallel line — which cuts across the Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield metro corridor (15-km) — is proposed mostly on the Outer Ring road (Central Silk Board-KR Puram) and also connects the Kempegowda International Airport.
“We will resume the construction of the Tin Factory station once the new design is finalised. Work on the remaining portion of the Whitefield line is going on as usual,” the officer said.
The new double-decker project, which passes through at the Tin Factory junction, will accommodate both an elevated metro line (KR Puram-Tin Factory stretch) and an elevated road corridor that will provide signal-free and seamless travel on the Outer Ring Road, doing away the need to use the busy OId Madras Road at Tin Factory.
While KR Puram has been proposed as an interchange station for the two upcoming metro lines (Outer Ring Road-Airport and Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield) due to the availability of land, there is no clarity whether a similar plan is being designed for the Tin Factory station. In mid-2017, ITD Cementation India bagged the contract to build the 15-km Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield stretch.
The contractor began work on the stretch about a year ago. The project — hit by delay in land acquisition and slow construction — is expected to be ready in 2022.
There is no clarity whether an interchange station is being designed for Tin Factory.