Interview with Maheshwar Rao, Managing Director, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation

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Interview with Maheshwar Rao, Managing Director, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation

In a recent exclusive interview with Moneycontrol, Maheshwar Rao, the Managing Director of Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), discussed the organization's top priorities, challenges faced, and plans for expediting metro projects in the bustling city of Bengaluru.

Top Priority: Outer Ring Road Completion

Rao emphasized that the top priority for BMRCL is the completion of metro work on Bengaluru's tech corridor Outer Ring Road (Central Silk Board - KR Pura). Recognizing the inconveniences faced by pedestrians and motorists due to ongoing construction activities, Rao is committed to systematically addressing these issues, expediting the implementation process, and ensuring operational efficiency at the earliest.

Construction Pace Challenges

Acknowledging the comparatively slower construction pace of Bengaluru Metro (5 km per year) in contrast to Delhi Metro (16 km per year), Rao attributed the challenges to issues such as land acquisition, traffic congestion, and the need for improved coordination among stakeholders. He expressed a determination to overcome these hurdles, focusing on efficient project execution and timely completion.

Upcoming Metro Sections

When queried about the next metro section to be inaugurated, Rao highlighted the advanced stages of both the Green Line extension (Nagasandra-Madavara) and the Yellow Line (RV Road-Bommasandra). While the Green Line extension, covering a shorter distance, is expected to be completed faster, equal emphasis is placed on making the Yellow Line operational.

Yellow Line Train Status

The prototype train for the Yellow Line, which faced delays, has been shipped from China. Rao provided updates on the inspection visit to Titagarh's production facility, where discussions are ongoing regarding the rollout plan, including supply details for the first two sets of six-car trains.

Pending Phase 3 Corridors and Government Approval

Rao mentioned the pending approval from the Union government for two Phase 3 corridors: JP Nagar IV Phase - Kempapura (32 km) and Hosahalli-Kadabagere (13 km). Expressing optimism, he conveyed his intent to follow up with the Government of India to expedite the approval process.

Addressing Challenges and Future Expansion

Reflecting on discussions with predecessors, Rao acknowledged that past challenges related to implementation have been largely addressed. He stressed the importance of enhancing coordination with multiple agencies to ensure the timely completion of critical tasks like erecting piers and completing viaducts.

Expanding to Peripheral Areas

Responding to queries about the government's proposal to extend the metro to peripheral areas, Rao highlighted the need for feasibility studies to determine the viability of a mass rapid transport system. He emphasized the government's commitment to providing mobility solutions for Bengaluru citizens and assured a data-driven decision-making process.

CMP Discrepancy and Last-Mile Connectivity

In response to questions about the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) and the exclusion of the Inner Ring Metro, Rao pledged to verify the details with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT). Regarding last-mile connectivity issues, he expressed a commitment to engaging in discussions with stakeholders to explore effective solutions.

Conclusion

As Bengaluru Metro looks ahead to a comprehensive expansion plan, Maheshwar Rao's leadership aims to overcome challenges, enhance coordination, and ensure timely project completion. With a focus on improving connectivity and addressing commuter needs, the BMRCL is poised for transformative growth in Bengaluru's metro infrastructure.

  




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