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It’s a 28-station metro route to airport

If deadlines are met and all goes well, in four years the Namma Metro line to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will snake through the centre of the city and cover a distance of 55 km.

It will originate at Central Silk Board and cross two interchange metro stations at K.R. Puram and Nagawara. There will be halts at 28 stations before reaching the KIA campus, where there will be two stations.

BMRCL has set 2023 as the deadline for the route to be opened to the public. Managing director Ajay Seth said that 13 stations will come up between Central Silk Board and K.R. Puram [under phase II A] and 17 between K.R. Puram and KIA via Hebbal (under phase IIB).

“On the extended line — from K.R. Puram to Hebbal — the distance between every station will be 1.4 km. After Kogilu Cross, the number of stations will come down with an average distance of 4 km between each of them,” said Mr. Seth. K.R. Puram to Hebbal stretch was initially part of phase III project of BMRCL, but it has been advanced and the BMRCL will take up the project under phase II B.

Before entering the KIA campus, the train will halt at Trumpet interchange. “This will help people travelling towards Devanahalli and beyond,” he added. BMRCL will spend Rs. 16,579 crore to build this elevated line.

A few weeks ago, the State Cabinet had given its approval for extending the metro line from K.R. Puram to KIA. The BMRCL is all set to prepare a detailed project report. Thereafter, the Centre will be approached for approvals, said officials.