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Old September 23rd, 2013, 02:08 PM   #17461
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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s promise that Namma Metro will start its commercial run between Peenya Industry and Sampige Road stations by November this year might not become a reality since civil works at some of the stations are yet to be completed, even as Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) is awaiting technical clearances.

According to BMRCL’s admission, 80 per cent of the civil works are completed in Peenya Industry, Peenya Village, Mahakavi Kuvempu Road and Malleswaram (Sriramapura) stations on this stretch, which is part of Reaches 3 and 3a of Namma Metro Phase 1.

On the other hand, civil works at the Sampige Road Metro Station, being built on public-private partnership by Mantri Infrastructure, appeared to have been completed by just about 50 per cent. Since the station lies off the main approach road — Sampige Road — traffic arrangements to connect the station with the approach road are yet to be made. Also, roofs for this station have not yet been erected. The Peenya village station too appeared just half complete with works on staircases and escalators yet to get the necessary momentum.

Opening of the stretch for commercial operations is expected to drastically reduce the vehicular traffic on the busy Sampige and Tumkur Roads since they connect the heart of the city with Peenya, one of the biggest industrial areas in the State. It is estimated that road corridors in this reach have at least one-fourth of 6,300 bus routes of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, even as thousands of private vehicles, two-wheelers as well as four wheelers, make daily trips. On the technical side, the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow, under the Ministry of Railways, is yet to issue the speed certificate to enable BMRCL to conduct oscillation tests. On successful completion of the oscillation tests, BMRCL can request the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) to conduct safety trials before issuing the authorisation to open the line for general public. The corporation has been conducting speed trials since two months to generate data that has to be supplied to RDSO to avail the speed certificate.
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Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) is still confident of getting Reach 3 and 3a opened for commercial operations by November-end.

BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola told The Hindu that all civil works would be completed and technical clearances obtained by November-end. The corporation has also planned operational arrangements wherein about 12 sets of trains would be deployed on the stretch to run at a frequency of 10 minutes.

Corporation’s spokesperson B.L. Yashavanth Chavan said the speed certificate from Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) was expected shortly and BMRCL could complete oscillation trials by mid-October. Thereafter, RDSO personnel are expected to conduct the trials by October third week before giving their recommendation to the Ministry of Railways, which will be followed by the statutory inspection by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 03:17 PM   #17462
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 03:18 PM   #17463
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 03:21 PM   #17464
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 04:25 PM   #17465
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 09:11 PM   #17466
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Same. Saw today while driving and was surprised at the progress of roof truss at Deepanjali nagar station. It was far behind than other stations few months back. Looked like there's severe space crunch for entry structures, it's coming up in very congested and small space. Also looked tinier than others (not sure, zipped past).

Road below Deepanjali nagar station and mysore road terminal is in bad shape. Rest of the stretch is asphalted and is nice barring one spot just after mysore road turn.

Noticed a tiny pillar/structure below the viaduct of flyover to support the entry structure/staircase/walkway from vrishabhavati side.

Edit: The design of roof at Deepanjali nagar station looked like other normal roof, not as it is in the render. Someone confirm.
Once again, thanks for the updates to all!

I seriously hope they are not taking any shortcuts in the construction to finish it as per their deadline (that has no meaning now)..

Looking at the pictures, there is no way it will be ready by Nov. Civil/Mech engineers - please correct me if I'm wrong.. May be they will end up saying "New year gift", and open in Jan 2014. We have waited patiently for so long, and I'm sure we can wait for a few more months. Please do it right.

Everybody wants something.. IMHO, they should have a line going from Mysore road station to Jayanagar 8th block (Rajlakshmi Nursing home). That should take care of people traveling from West to South without going to Majestic. The PES ring road is just not sufficient. (Who has a 45 degree turn in a main road?)

What will be the financial impact on BMTC buses once Metro starts running (all of the 1st phase)? If Metro becomes popular, will it be really bad for BMTC?

I wish the stations were better in terms of aesthetics, but should be OK if we get an affordable, and good service.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 06:14 AM   #17467
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Looks like there are talks of reviving the HSRL again
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Old September 24th, 2013, 06:21 AM   #17468
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Any source? Haven't heard any such talk Just kidding.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 06:48 AM   #17469
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Old September 24th, 2013, 07:01 AM   #17470
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Speed train to airport back on board after CM visit to China
Express News Service : Bangalore, Tue Sep 24 2013, 05:08 hrs

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's eight-minute, 50-km high-speed ride from Shanghai city to Pudong International Airport on an electro-magnetic train during his recent visit to China may change the way Bangalore commutes.

A Rs 6,689-crore project for a 37-km high-speed rail link (HSRL) between Bangalore city and Bangalore International Airport, which was considered dead and buried, is back on the drawing board.

The link will cut travel time to airport to around 20 minutes.

Sources in the finance, urban development and infrastructure departments said HSRL, put on the back burner by the erstwhile BJP government that favoured extension of Bangalore Metro, was witnessing renewed interest in the past few weeks.

The feasibility of HSRL is once again before the finance department for consideration. "It is true a file regarding revival of the high-speed rail link to the airport has come to us,'' sources in the department said.

First proposed during the planning stage of Bangalore International Airport in 2001-02, when S M Krishna of Congress was the chief minister, HSRL came to the request for proposal stage following the shortlisting of five consortia to implement the project in 2011. It was shelved in favour of Metro Phase II due to the high cost involved.

HSRL was to be implemented in public-private partnership by the state and central governments with funding from Japan Bank for International Cooperation and private consortia.

The central government was to provide viability gap funding to the tune of Rs 1,047 crore.

The project received a lot of impetus between 2006 and 2011 before it was abandoned.

"A proposal on feasibility of HSRL and the Metro phase II link (from Nagwara) to the new airport has been placed before the finance department. We have recommended extension of the Metro,'' an official in the urban development department said.

Sources said there was pressure from New Delhi as well for reconsideration of HSRL to ensure smooth connectivity to the city.

"There has been a lot of criticism by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in recent days that airport connectivity in Bangalore is a problem area," sources in the infrastructure department said.

HSRL was initially under the infrastructure department but was transferred to the urban development department in 2011 after the Department of Economic Affairs under the UPA government recommended a feasibility study. The BMRCL, which comes under the urban development department, was asked to carry out the study.

It, however, recommended extension of Metro phase II, scheduled to be completed in 2015. A dedicated expressway was considered sufficient in the interim.

In 2009, Captain G R Gopinath, then chairman of a vision group on Bangalore infrastructure, resigned following differences in the government over HSRL. He was a strong advocate of the project.

The project cost had risen to Rs 6,689 crore in 2010, when requests for interest were sought, from the original Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000.

The proposal is for two lines on which trains will travel at a capacity speed of 160 kmph carrying about 2 lakh passengers every day over a 19-hour period.

On June 23, 2010, the state government declared five groups — Reliance Infrastructure and CSR Nanjing Uzhen Rolling Stock, L&T Transco, Italian Thai Development Company and Soma, Pioneer Infratech and Siemens Project Venture and Lanco Infratech and OHL Concessions S L — were technically qualified to bid for the project.

The draft request for proposal, the draft concession agreement, the manual of specifications and standards and revised DPR were all ready to be issued to the shortlisted applicants at one point following removal of legal hurdles to the project, including sanction from New Delhi to implement it under Metro Railways (construction of works) Act, 1978.

While justifying the high cost of the project, government authorities have in the past projected the airport region as the future work hub for a million people in Bangalore that cannot be serviced by one mass transport system.

"The cost of the project is likely to further escalate now. It is to be seen which route the government takes — whether fresh tenders are called or the previous process is revived,'' sources said.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 07:16 AM   #17471
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Loose talk again to fill up newspapers - hispeed /dedicated /non-stop will never be justifiable since airport alone will never have enough ridership volumes to operate frequent trains - it is bound to lose money heavily.

Shanghai's maglev may look very impressive but it is losing big money as are most other hi-speed dedicated airport trains. CAT (Vienna) had only a dozen passengers when I traveled last on it due to high cost & availability of much cheaper connection to airport by suburban rail (though slower).

Metro extension to airport beyond Nagawara (Thanisandra rd-Bagalur route) with limited stops is the best option since it will hook up with the entire metro network without loss of travel time from any part of the city.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #17472
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Margarita about to breakthrough at Minsk Square Station in next few mins/hours.

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Old September 24th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #17473
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Now SSC is getting updates even before the media
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Old September 24th, 2013, 11:26 AM   #17474
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Yeah, thanks to maddyvoldy (mostly)!
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Old September 24th, 2013, 01:10 PM   #17475
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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:21 PM   #17477
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Loose talk again to fill up newspapers - hispeed /dedicated /non-stop will never be justifiable since airport alone will never have enough ridership volumes to operate frequent trains - it is bound to lose money heavily.

Shanghai's maglev may look very impressive but it is losing big money as are most other hi-speed dedicated airport trains. CAT (Vienna) had only a dozen passengers when I traveled last on it due to high cost & availability of much cheaper connection to airport by suburban rail (though slower).

Metro extension to airport beyond Nagawara (Thanisandra rd-Bagalur route) with limited stops is the best option since it will hook up with the entire metro network without loss of travel time from any part of the city.
Yes, countries are going to normal metro than high speed rail - check out this the new Silver Line connecting Washington DC to Dulles Airport.



There are a lot of other info for u geeks :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver...ngton_Metro%29
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Old September 24th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #17478
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Couldn't stop laughing....

"It, however, recommended extension of Metro phase II, scheduled to be completed in 2015 . A dedicated expressway was considered sufficient in the interim."
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Shanghai's maglev may look very impressive but it is losing big money as are most other hi-speed dedicated airport trains. CAT (Vienna) had only a dozen passengers when I traveled last on it due to high cost & availability of much cheaper connection to airport by suburban rail (though slower).
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yep it would be an white elephant.....
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Margarita about to breakthrough at Minsk Square Station in next few mins/hours.
Postponed to tomorrow. Despite, as per sources , was ready to breakthrough today.
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