Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai established metro train connectivity between Sarjapur and Hebbal by announcing a new 37-km line at a cost of Rs 15,000 crore. The CM also offered minor relief to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited by offering a minor extension of three months to the Outer Ring Road-Airport Line (Phase 2A & 2B Lines) by announcing March 2025 as the new deadline.
The Sarjapur line was initially meant to be a part of Metro Phase-3 with an announcement to this effect made in the 2018-2019 budget. However, last year the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Phase-3 line was finalized and only two corridors were announced in it causing much resentment among many who worked or lived along this stretch. The budget speech also fixed March 2025 as the deadline for completion of the 58.19 km line from the Central Silk Board to the Airport Line (Phase 2A and Phase 2B).
The CM also announced connectivity between Bengaluru Metro and railway stations at a cost of Rs 55 crore. The connectivity would come up at Whitefield, K R Puram, Baiyappanahalli, yesvantpur, and Yelahanka.
The DPR for Phase-3 will be submitted to the Central government for its approval, the CM said. This 45-km project to cost Rs 11,250 crore will cover 32 kms on Outer Ring Road from Hebbal to JP Nagar and 13 km between Hosahalli and Kadabagere.