Karnataka clears plan to extend Bengaluru Metro all the way to Hosur

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It’s all happening in Hosur.

Months after Tamil Nadu gave a go-ahead for an airport, Karnataka has approved a plan to extend Metro from Bengaluru to the industrial town, located on the border of the two states.

As per reports, Karnataka has approved the extension plan from Bommasandra to Hosur, paving the way for a direct Metro link between the manufacturing hub of Hosur with Bengaluru city.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has sent a letter regarding the same to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, and this was shared with The Hindu by A Chellakumar, Krishnagiri MP, who had met Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Chellakumar told the daily that the CM had told him that it was up to the Tamil Nadu government to take a study for the extension of the Metro line.

The Metro line till RV Road constructed during Phase 1 is being extended to Bommasandra and this would be further extended till Hosur with the coordination of both the states.

Hosur is about 20.4 km from Bommasandra Metro terminal but 11.7 km of this length falls in Karnataka and the rest 8.8 km falls in Tamil Nadu.

As such, there needs to be “utmost coordination between Karnataka and Taml Nadu” in the sharing of the project cost and monetary support during the operation of the system, the BMRCL has said in the letter.

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Chellakumar said that Bommai was of the opinion that the Tamil Nadu government could conduct the study for the Bommasandra-Hosur line.

However, Chellakumar also said, “It is felt that BMRCL would be better equipped to carry out the study for the length up to Hosur since it is implementing Phase-II up to Bommasandra. Tamil Nadu will incur the cost of the study by BMRCL up to Hosur, it has been suggested.”

Chellakumar, who has been pushing for the extension, said that to get the government’s concurrence, he is seeking a meeting with the chief ministers of both states.

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