Crossovers Cast for Bangalore Metro’s Whitefield Extension

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Workers from Texmaco Rail and Engineering have over the past 3 months cast 3 track crossovers for Bangalore Metro’s 15.257 km Reach 1A & 1B (Baiyyappanahalli – Whitefield) extension of the Purple Line.

A total of 6 crossovers with turnouts will be cast to enable the system’s BEML (and in the future CRRC) trains to guide from one track line to another when this extension opens up in 2023. The turnouts cast so far are located at:

  • Pier No. 168-173: Garudacharpalya
  • Pier No. 402-405 and 406-407: Pattandur Agrahara Station (earlier known as ITPL Station)
  • Pier No. 471-474: Channasandra Station (earlier known as Ujjval Vidyalaya Station) 
Route of Reach 1B between Sitharama Palya and Whitefield – view Bangalore Metro Phase 2 info & route map

Snaps from different crossovers:

BMRCL’s MD inspecting one of the crossovers prior to casting

Track plinth casting works for this extension had started in January 2021, and per BMRCL’s latest December 2021 newsletter 18908 / 30500m was completed as of November 30, 2021.

Viaduct between Kadugodi Station and Channasandra Station – Photo via Twitter follower WF_Watcher

ITD Cementation India launched Reach 1B’s final segment in November 2020. The only major gap on the Whitefield extension’s viaduct is on Reach 1A between Benniganahalli (Tin Factory) and Byappanahalli where land acquisition hurdles and design changes had put work on hold.

Twitter follower WF_Watcher recently shared snaps of steel girders getting launched over Benniganahalli Flyover – check them out here and some amazing aerial snaps of Kadugodi Depot here.

Station architectural finishing works are currently underway by Starworth Infrastructure & Construction as part of a 13 station contract, and I see commercial operations starting no sooner than mid-2023.

For more updates, check out the Bangalore Metro section or my Home Page!

– TMRG





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