Metro works halt on ORR after heavy rain

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MD says heavy rain has impacted traction and signaling work on the Whitefield line, due to open in December

MD says heavy rain has impacted traction and signaling work on the Whitefield line, due to open in December

The incessant rains are also impacting metro construction work on the ORR-airport line, especially between Central Silk Board and KR Puram. The metro piling works were heavily impacted due to the congestion. However, officials maintain that the phenomenon is temporary.

Under Phase 2 A and B, BMRCL is constructing the Central Silk Board elevated metro line to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) via KR Puram, Nagawara and Hebbal.

Anjum Parwez, MD, BMRCL, said, “The city has received more than normal rainfall for almost three months now. Even during the summer we saw heavy rains. When it rains heavily, the pile works are impacted. We were going at full speed, especially on the Central Silk Board ORR at KR Puram, where we had all the authorizations to carry out the metro works, but now the rhythm of the works is impacted”.

The BMRCL had set a deadline of 2024 for the completion of the work. The official maintained that the loss of time in the construction will not have a huge impact on the completion of the civil works.

On the ORR-airport line, more than 4,000 construction workers are busy constructing a 55 km elevated corridor. A BMRCL official said, “When it rains, moving heavy machinery becomes a challenge. We also need to ensure the safety of workers on site.

The official added that already more than 100 piers have already been built between KR Puram and Silk Board.

After the start of the work, the BMRCL is under pressure to speed it up, as motorists are going through a trying time.

After work began on the ORR embankment, the roads became narrower. Heavy rains have also led to deteriorating road conditions on ORR and connecting roads.

On the other hand, BMRCL aims to open the Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield line to commercial operations by December.

The DM said traction and signaling works were impacted due to heavy rains. “For now, we hope to meet the deadline. As soon as there is a dry spell, we continue the work. We spend our resources to make this line operational according to our plans,” the DG said.

The section is an extension of the purple line. The opening of this line would benefit residential areas of Whitefield and people working in IT companies.

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