The 72 km long Namma Metro’s Phase-2 project received a boost as the BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation) has got possession of 44.45 acre of forest land from the Central government. BMRCL can now finally go ahead with construction of 3 stations and a depot on the east-west corridor between Baiyyappanahalli and Whitefield.
- Recently, the MoEF&CC (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change) had approved in-principle the diversion of forest land for a period of 20 years, subject to the fulfilment of 13 conditions.
- In exchange, MoEF&CC will receive around 30 acre of land in 6 villages of Kali Tiger Reserve forest and another 16.21 acre of non-forest land in Thippagondanahalli village.
- Among the 13 conditions, BMRCL is directed to bear the cost of compensatory afforestation, which will be taken up in both the non-forest lands given to the forest department.
- The legal status of the forest land will remain unchanged.
- With this acquisition, BMRCL has taken possession of around 98.3% of the land it requires for 19 km Metro corridor and 13 stations on the eastern extension of the east-west corridor of Phase-2 (Reach-1).
Rail Analysis insights: BMRCL can now finally go ahead with construction of 3 stations and a depot on the east-west corridor between Baiyyappanahalli and Whitefield.
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