The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) may shut down the RV Road Metro Station along the Green Line to facilitate the construction of the Yellow Line.
BMRCL is set to commence work on RV Road Station to facilitate the movement of the Yellow Line, which will pass through the metro station. Hence, the existing RV Road station on the Green Line (Nagasandra-Yelachenahalli) is likely to be shut down for a year, according to reports.
“The metro station cannot operate properly if work on the interchange is being carried out. We are still thinking about whether it has to be shut down,” a BMRCL official told TNM.
BMRCL is planning to demolish half of RV Road Metro Station in order to lay another track which will ply between RV Road and Bommasandra. Over 5,000 passengers use the RV Road Metro Station along the Green Line every day, which has been operational since June 2017.
If the RV Road station shuts down, commuters will have to board the metro at Jayanagar or Banashankari stations. “The metro will ply from Yelachenahalli to Banashankari and Jayanagar to Nagasandra. So, commuters going to Yelachenahalli will have to board the metro at Banashankari and those going towards Nagasandra will have to board the metro at Jayanagar,” the BMRCL official said.
According to The Hindu, BMRCL had planned to construct a new RV Road station along the Yellow Line. However, the agency now plans to merge it into an interchange station for the Green and Yellow lines.
The new metro line to Electronic City, which will begin from RV Road station on the Green Line. will run along the land near Lakshman Rao Park, parallel to the Green Line viaduct. The BMRCL had earlier planned to construct the Phase 2 viaduct over the existing one at the Marenahalli Road Circle.
“Lots of trees will be cut in Lakshman Rao Park and to avoid this and also save costs on land acquisition, if RV Road station become the interchange metro station. We have to see if it would be feasible to close the metro station completely. We will hold a public consultation before making a decision,” the official added.
Hindustan Construction Company and URC Construction are responsible for the RV Road-Silk Board stretch of the Yellow Line, which is likely to be operational by 2021, the TOI report stated.
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