Bengaluru: BMRCL will soon build the much-delayed Foot Over Bridges (FOBs) at Yeshwanthpur and the multi-modal hub at Challaghatta near Kengeri.
Lack of FOBs is troubling commuters, who have to change from different modes of transport like the Railways to catch a Metro train.
A source revealed that BMRCL has invited a detailed design from a consultant for three FOBs in Yeshwanthpur to improve the integration of various transport modes. The first FOB will link Sandal Soap Factory Metro Station on the Green Line to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) with connectivity to the Yeshwanthpur BMTC bus terminus.
A BMRCL official told Deccan Chronicle, “Our officials visited the place and had a discussion with railway officials. But it was delayed due to some reasons. Now BMRCL and the Railways have approved FOBs linking Yeshwanthpur Metro Station (paid area) to Yeshwanthpur railway station and Metro station (unpaid area) to the eastern side of Yeshwanthpur railway station."
The Yeshwanthpur Metro station, operational since 2014, is not yet connected with the railway station causing severe hardships to passengers, especially those carrying luggage to board long-distance trains. While BMRCL and South Western Railways (SWR) have been promising to build a FOB from platform number 6 of the Yeshwanthpur railway station to the Metro station, it remained on paper for several years. In 2016, BMRCL proposed the foot over bridge project to the Railways, which asked for Rs 7.49 crore towards leasing the land for 35 years, besides maintenance and supervision of the bridge.
Sources also confirmed that BMRCL has invited a detailed design consultant for elevated Challaghatta yard and depot-cum-workshop with intermodal integration hub for the Phase-2 project. BMRCL is planning to establish a new station and a multi-level parking facility at Challaghatta, which is beyond Kengeri. Intercity buses from places like Bidadi, Ramanagara, Channapatna, Mandya and Mysuru can halt there....