'Kavery' set to tunnel through North-South of Bengaluru Metro
BENGALURU: Now that the East-West Corridor of Namma Metro is in place, next in line is the North-South Corridor for which a November-1 launch deadline has been announced by the Chief Minister.
The Corridor, covering 23.2-km from Nagasandra to Puttenahalli Metro stations, is partially functional now. The 13-km route from Mantri Square Sampige Road to Nagasandra is presently operational but the underground stretch from Chickpet to Kempegowda Interchange station is far from over.
With the underground tunnelling work fully completed in the Northern Corridor from Sampige Road to Kempegowda completed by Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) Margarita (November 7, 2015) and by Godavari last month (April 19), both ‘Kaveri’ and ‘Krishna’ TBMs are still working underground along the Southern Corridor to reach the Kempegowda Interchange Station.
“The Kaveri TBM drilling underground from Chickpet to Kempegowda Interchange Station will achieve a breakthrough by mid-June,” said Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.
Kaveri began its journey a year ago from K R Market station and emerged at Chickpet on October 17, 2014, after boring 432 metres. It later embarked on its journey from Chickpet towards Kempegowda Station later. It had to proceed very slowly as these are very old areas of the City and the drilling also shook a few old buildings in Chickpet in the the first week of November. The tunnelling had to be stopped for a few days, the residents vacated and Kaveri then continued its work. “When Kaveri completes its job, an entire alignment will be fully ready,” Kharola added.
However, TBM Krishna which is also working parallel to Kaveri in the Southern Corridor along the same direction, appears to be lagging behind. “Krishna will take a month after Kaveri completes its trip to complete its journey (mid-July),” Kharola said. Kharola refused to commit on any partial opening up along the North-South line. “We are planning to complete the tunnels, both on the Northern and Southern side of Majestic together,” he said. A Metro source said, “All the work has been completed from National College to Puttenahalli. The stations are all ready and only system-related work is yet to be completed.”
24th May 2016 05:39 AM