The Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project (BSRP) is set to witness significant progress with the recent awarding of a tender for the construction of the ‘Kanaka’ line, a major development in the city’s public transportation infrastructure. This line will establish a crucial connection between Heelalige and Rajanakunte. It is covering a distance of 46 kilometers.
The ‘Kanaka’ line, part of Corridor-4 of the BSRP has entered the execution phase following the issuance of a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) to Larsen & Toubro. Larsen & Toubro is a prominent engineering and construction company. This line is poised to significantly improve suburban connectivity in Bengaluru. This can reduce travel time and congestion in the city.
Larsen & Toubro has been entrusted with the design and construction of this ambitious project. The scope of work includes the construction of an elevated viaduct spanning 8.960 kilometers and an at-grade stretch of 37.920 kilometers. Excluding the station buildings. The contract, valued at Rs 1,040.51 crore (inclusive of GST) is to be executed under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) model, with a completion timeframe of 30 months.
Tejasvi Surya, a prominent political figure, highlighted the project’s advancement on social media, emphasizing the strategic importance of the ‘Kanaka’ line. Railway Minister Sri Ashwini Vaishnaw’s recent review at K-RIDE (Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited), coupled with the Finance Ministry facilitating a loan from KfW, a German government-owned development bank, underscores the project’s critical role in the city’s development.
As per an official release from K-RIDE the commencement of physical work on the ‘Kanaka’ line is expected soon. This project is seen as a pivotal step in Bengaluru’s urban development which promising to ease traffic congestion and provide a more efficient mode of transportation for the city’s residents.