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Namma Metro: Surge in cases and lockdown slow land acquisition

The unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases followed by the partial lockdown imposed by the State government has impacted land acquisition for Namma Metro projects, especially for the proposed airport line.

In some stretches, tenants, both commercial and residential, have sought more time to vacate buildings citing lockdown restrictions and fear of contracting the virus. Given the situation, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) officials have asked them not to vacate immediately.

Just last month, the Union Cabinet had approved Namma Metro’s Phase 2A (ORR Line) and Phase 2B (Airport line) totalling to a length of 58.19 km at an estimated cost of ₹14,788.1 crore. BMRCL aims to acquire land required before awarding tender.

A senior BMRCL official said: “For the airport line from K.R. Puram to the Trumpet, we have reached the advanced stage of acquisition.

Source
The Hindu
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