Bengaluru, India (Metro Rail Today): The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has recently opened the financial bids for which a tender was floated for the engagement of a consultant for the preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed 37-km new metro rail corridor between Hebbal and Sarjapur under Phase 3 of Bangalore Metro Rail Project.
As per the information received from sources, a total of ten consultancy firms have submitted their bids to prepare DPR for the new metro corridor. Some of them are RITES Ltd, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd, Korea Railroad Technical Corporation, Urban Mass Transit Company, Consulting Engineers Group, Tractebel Engineering Pvt ltd, and Aarvee Associates. BMRCL is currently evaluating all bids according to the terms of tender documents.
About six years ago, the feasibility report of this corridor was prepared and submitted by RITES Ltd to BMRCL. The DPR will include traffic survey findings, ridership, analysis of alternatives, geotechnical investigation, social and environmental impact assessment, depot planning, and power requirements, among others.
Tender notice for preparation of DPR for this metro corridor was issued in April 2022.
The proposed 37-km metro corridor will connect Hebbala to Sarjapur with 30 stations at Hebbal, Veterinary College, Gangenahalli, Mekri Circle, Palace, Guttahalli, Cunningham Road, Basaveshwara Circle, Central College, Town Hall, Wilson Garden, Nimhans, Dairy Circle, Sudduguntepalya Koraman, St.Johns Hospital, Gala, Jakkasandra, Agara, Ibbalur, Bellandur Gate, Kaikondrahalli, Doddakanalli Gate, Carmelaram, Ambedkar Nagar, Kodati, Sulikunte, Muthanallur Cross, Dommasandra Circle, Sompura and Sarjapura.
Of 37 km, 20.2-km section will be elevated and the remaining 16.80-km section will be underground. The estimated cost of this corridor is Rs 15,000 crore.
Earlier, the BMRCL was planning to prepare the DPR with the help of a joint team consisting of an external agency as well as its in-house team. The DPR of Phase 1 (42 km) of Bangalore Metro was prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation while RITES Ltd had prepared the DPR for the partly operational Phase II (72 km). Later, the in-house team of BMRCL took up the responsibility of preparing the DPR for Bangalore Metro's Phase 2A and Phase 2B (58 km).
According to the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) of Bengaluru, the Karnataka Government had promised to build 317 km of the metro line — including lines along the inner ring road and the Whitefield-Domlur stretch — by 2030.