ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮದವರ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬಿಎಂಆರ್ಸಿಎಲ್ನ ಉತ್ತರಗಳು
ದಿ ನ್ಯೂ ಇಂಡಿಯನ್ ಎಕ್ಸ್ಪ್ರೆಸ್:
1. ಪರೀಕ್ಷಾರ್ಥ ಚಾಲನಾ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದಾದರೂ ತೊಂದರೆಗಳನ್ನು ಗಮನಿಸಲಾಯಿತೇ?
2. ಇಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗೆ ಎ�À್ಟು ಕಿ.ಮೀ. ಪರೀಕ್ಷಾರ್ಥ ಚಾಲನೆಯನ್ನು ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ?
ಈ ಹಂತದಲ್ಲಿ, ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ಷಮತೆ (ಪವರಿಂಗ್) ಮತ್ತು ನಿಲುಗಡೆ (ಬ್ರೆಕಿಂಗ್) ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ 500 ಕಿ.ಮೀ.ಗಿಂತಲೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ದೂರ ಚಾಲನೆಯನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
3. ಪರೀಕ್ಷಾರ್ಥ ಚಾಲನೆ ಅವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ರೈಲುಗಳು ತಲುಪಿದಂಥ ಗರಿ�À್ಠ ವೇಗ ಎ�À್ಟು?
1 ಗಂಟೆಗೆ 80 ಕಿ.ಮೀ.
4. ರೈಲ್ವೆ ಸುರಕ್ಷತಾ ಆಯುಕ್ತರ (ಸಿಆರ್ಎಸ್) ಭೇಟಿಗೆ ಮುಂಚೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಪರೀಕ್ಷಾರ್ಥ ಚಾಲನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳಿಸುವುದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ, ರೈಲು, ಹಳಿಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಚಲಿಸಬೇಕಾದಂಥ ಗರಿ�À್ಠ ಕಿ.ಮೀ.ಗಳು ಎ�À್ಟು?
5. ಪರೀಕ್ಷಾರ್ಥ ಓಡಾಟದ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಎ�À್ಟು ನಿಲ್ದಾಣಗಳನ್ನು ತಲುಪಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ?
ರೈಲು ಯಾವಾಗ ಪೂರ್ಣ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಡೀ ಮಾರ್ಗದುದ್ದಕ್ಕೂ ಸಂಚರಿಸುವುದು? ಎಲ್ಲ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣಗಳು ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಪೀಣ್ಯದಿಂದ ಯಶವಂತಪುರದವರೆಗೆ ಸಂಚರಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದು, ಜುಲೈ 510ರ ವೇಳೆಗೆ ಸಂಪಿಗೆ ರಸ್ತೆ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದವರೆಗೆ ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು.
ದಿ ನ್ಯೂ ಇಂಡಿಯನ್ ಎಕ್ಸ್ಪ್ರೆಸ್:
ಬಿಎಂಆರ್ಸಿಎಲ್ನ ಪಾರದರ್ಶಕತೆ ನೀತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರದಾಯಿಯಾಗಿರಬೇಕಾದ ನೀತಿಕುರಿತು ನನ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲವು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳು ಉದ್ಭವಿಸಿವೆ. ಜಯದೇವ ಪಥಬದಲಾವಣೆ ವಿ�Àಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಎಂಆರ್ಸಿಎಲ್ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ಮಾಡಲಾದ ಪಕ್ಷಪಾತದ ಆಪಾದನೆಗಳ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳು ಮೂಡಿವೆ.
ಬಿಎಂಆರ್ಸಿಎಲ್ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಹಕ್ಕು ಅಧಿನಿಯಮಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ ಕಾನೂನುಗಳಿಗೆ ಬದ್ಧವಾಗಿದೆ. ಜಯದೇವ ಪಥಬದಲಾವಣೆ ವಿ�Àಯಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದಂತೆ, ಬಹಳ ದಿನದಿಂದಲೂವಿವರಗಳು ವೆಬ್ಸೈಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯ ಇವೆ! ಬಾಧಿತರು, ನ್ಯಾಯಾಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ ತೀರ್ಮಾನವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸಲು ಹಕ್ಕುಳ್ಳವರಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನೀವು ಎತ್ತಿದ ತೀರ್ಮಾನದ ಸಮಗ್ರತೆ, ಕಾನೂನುಬದ್ಧತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪಾರದರ್ಶಕತೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸಿ ನ್ಯಾಯ ನಿರ್ಣಯ ಪಡೆಯಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.
1. ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಪ್ರಾಮುಖ್ಯತೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಯೋಜನೆಯಿಂದ ಪ್ರತ್ಯಕ್ಷವಾಗಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪರೋಕ್ಷವಾಗಿ ಬಾಧಿತರಾಗುವಂಥ ಜನರ ಮೇಲೆ ಅದರ ಪರಿಣಾಮಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅರ್ಥಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಜನರಿಗೆ ಸಹಾಯ ಮಾಡಲು ಯೋಜನೆಯ 1ನೇ ಹಂತದ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣದ ಅವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಎಂಆರ್ಸಿಎಲ್ ಯಾವುದೇ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಸಭೆ/ಸಂವಾದ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿದೆಯೇ?
ನಾವು ವೆಬ್ಸೈಟನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾರ್ಗ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮತ್ತು ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ ವಿ�Àಯಗಳ ವಿವರಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮುದ್ರಣ ಮತ್ತು ದೃಶ್ಯ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳೆರಡರ ಮೂಲಕವೂ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಕುರಿತು ವ್ಯಾಪಕ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ನೀಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ನೀವು ಸೂಚಿಸಿದ ಕಾರ್ಯವಿಧಾನವನ್ನನುಸರಿಸುವಂತೆ ನಮಗೆ ಆದೇಶಿಸುವ ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾನೂನು ಇರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಭೂಸ್ವಾಧೀನಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಾದ ಕೆಐಎಡಿಬಿಯು ಭೂಸ್ವಾಧೀನ ಅಧಿಸೂಚನೆಯನ್ನು ಹೊರಡಿಸಿದಾಗ, ಬಾಧಿತ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ಸ್ವತ್ತಿಗೆಧಕ್ಕೆಯುಂಟು ಮಾಡುವ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಯಾವುದೇ ವಿ�Àಯದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಸಕ್ಷಮ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರದ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆಗಾಗಿ ಮನವಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ. ಬಾಧಿತರು ನ್ಯಾಯಿಕ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಕೋರಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.
ಭೂಸ್ವಾಧೀನಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ ವ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವೇ ಹಂತ1ರ ವಿಳಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಿತ್ತೆಂಬ ಅಂಶವನ್ನು ಪರಿಗಣಿಸಿ ಹಂತ2ಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಜನತೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ಅದೇ ರೀತಿಯ ಸಂವಾದ ಸಭೆಗಳು ಅಥವಾ ಯಾವುದೇ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಸಭೆಯನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಲು ನೀವು ಯೋಜಿಸಿದ್ದೀರಾ?
ಇಲ್ಲ. ನಮಗೆ ಹಾಗೆ ಮಾಡುವ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಆದಾಗ್ಯೂ, ಜನರುಮನವಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದರೆನಾವು ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಿ ಅವುಗಳಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ. ನಮಗೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅರ್ಜಿಗಳಿಗೆ ನಾವು ಉತ್ತರಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಹಂತ2ರ ಮಾರ್ಗ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ವಿ�Àಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಬಂದ ಅರ್ಜಿಗಳನ್ನು ಮತ್ತು ಅವುಗಳಿಗೆ ನಾವು ನೀಡಿದ ಉತ್ತರಗಳನ್ನು ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮ ವೆಬ್ಸೈಟ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ.
3. ಭೂಸ್ವಾಧೀನದ ಅವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಮೊತ್ತವನ್ನು ನಿಗದಿಪಡಿಸುವಾಗ ಯಾವ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಯನ್ನು ಅನುಸರಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ?
ಬಿಎಂಆರ್ಸಿಎಲ್, ಪರಿಹಾರದ ಮೊತ್ತಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಜಮೀನಿನ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆ ಮೌಲ್ಯವನ್ನಾಧರಿಸಿ ಏಕಪಕ್ಷೀಯ ತೀರ್ಮಾನ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದೇ ಅಥವಾ ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ಇಲಾಖೆಗಳು ಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಹಲವಾರು ಯೋಜನೆಗಳ ಸಂಬಂಧದಲ್ಲಿ ಅನುಸರಿಸಲಾಗುವ ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿಕೆ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಗೆ ಸಮಾನವಾದ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತುಕತೆ, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಯಂಥ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಇದೆಯೇ? (ಉದಾ: ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿಧಾರವಾಡ ಬಿಆರ್ಟಿಎಸ್ಗಾಗಿ ಡಿಯುಎಲ್ಟಿ)
ನಾವು, ನಿವೃತ್ತ ಕಂದಾಯ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿಯವರಾದಶ್ರೀ ಕೃ�À್ಣಪ್ಪಅವರನ್ನು ನಮಗೆ ಸಲಹೆ ನೀಡುವ ತಜ್ಞರನ್ನಾಗಿ ನೇಮಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಅವರ ಸಲಹೆಯನ್ನಾಧರಿಸಿ, ನಾವು, ಅಧಿನಿಯಮದ ಮೇರೆಗೆ ಕೆಐಎಡಿಬಿ ಮೂಲಕ ಭೂಮಿ/ಸ್ವತ್ತು ಒಡೆತನ ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡವರಿಗೆ ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿಕೆಗಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಭೂಮಿ ಒಡೆತನ ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡವರು ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ನೀಡದಿದ್ದರೆ, ಕೆಐಎಡಿಬಿಯು ಅಧಿನಿಯಮದ ಮೇರೆಗೆ ನಿಯತ ಐತೀರ್ಪನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ. ನಾವು ಭೂಮಿ ಒಡೆತನ ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ನಡೆಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಅದನ್ನು ಐತೀರ್ಪಿನ ವಿಚಾರಣೆಯ ಹಂತದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಐಎಡಿಬಿಯು ನಡೆಸಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.
ಮೆಟ್ರೋ ಮಾರ್ಗ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗುವ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಪರಿಣಾಮ ಕುರಿತು ನೀವು ಅಧ್ಯಯನ ನಡೆಸಿದ್ದೀರಾ? ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಹೇಗಿತ್ತು? ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಮಾರ್ಗ ನಿಗದಿಪಡಿಸುವಲ್ಲ್ಲಿ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿದ ಕಾರ್ಯವಿಧಾನಗಳೇನು? ಬಿಎಂಆರ್ಸಿಎಲ್ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಸಮೀಕ್ಷೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಅಧ್ಯಯನಗಳನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆಯೇ? ಇವುಗಳನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಪಡೆಯಬಹುದು?
Studies on impact of Metro phase1 will
be done after the project is completed.
Media including your Paper however have
done their own impact studies of which
you may be aware. Of course, such studies,
when done by us will be made public. But
then will not the study will always be
considered by you to be biased and self
serving especially if it is favourable
The alignments are based on traffic studies
that are part of the DPR. Procedure here
is no different from that followed in
Delhi which is in the third phase, Mumbai
which is also in the third phase, Chennai,
Hyderabad, Kochi and Jaipur.
We will be publishing the DPR of phase2,
in accordance with the RTI Act after the
project is formally approved by GOI. Other
surveys, reports and data are also published
or made available in acvordance with the
RTI Act. When we issue investment bonds,
we will also come under SEBI's and Stock
Exchange's listing requirements, we will
then have added compliance to the financial
regulators as well. We provide details
about the project in the website and through
press notes issued regularly and also
address individual information requirements
under RTI Act.
After going through the HPC proceedings
mentioned above and getting to know that
BBMP is yet to approve the building plan,
I need the following information.
1. What is the nature of the other commercial/
residential structure proposed to be put
up by Mantri (in terms of floor area and
number of floors of the residential and
We have submitted detailed joint
plans to BBMP. After approval of the plans,
it becomes final. HCK has directed approval
of the plans. BBMP has gone in Appeal
but there is no stay order.
2. At what stage/s the construction of
The station buildings are partially complete.
Other elements of the station building
such as parking spaces, station accesses
etc are part of plan approval by BBMP
since it is integrated with the facility
of the joint development partner.
3. Whether the delay in obtaining the
approval is coming in the way of completing
the Sampige Road Metro Station?
Yes. The station facilities including
accesses are only partially created.
4, While HPC proceedings mention that
the building plan is a single integrated
plan jointly submitted by BMRCL and Mantri
to BBMP, the agreement specifies that
obtaining all necessary approvals is the
responsibility of the concessionaire.
M/s Mantri Developers prepared the plan
and with our consent submitted it to the
BBMP. BBMP insisted that the plan must
be jointly submitted since structures
are integrated. We have agreed with the
decision of BBMP and submitted plan jointly
signed by both the partners.
5. In the background of BBMP's refusal
to approve the building plans, what is
the future course of action of BMRCL in
The matter is sub-judice and there
is an order of the HCK to grant approval
to the plan subject to conditions which
we have complied with. BBMP have moved
HCK in an Appeal (after having taken time
of one week from the court to grant approval)
but there is no stay order. At this stage,
we expect BBMP to comply with the order
of the court which is based on the decision
of the GoK directing BBMP to accord approval
to the plan. We wait patiently. Of course,
in this impasse, the work is suffering,
as the Joint Development partner is unable
to move ahead both in physical and financial
terms as further release of funds for
further development is conditional to
formal plan approval by the Regulator.
1. What is the first reaction by BMRCL for
this condition of PIB ?
We have to fulfil the condition
2. Please elaborate on the methodology that
will follow by the BMRCl to fulfill the
FIRR rate of 6.5% by the Metro corporation
in the future?
will revisit the financials based on the
deliberations at the meeting
3. Do you hopeful that the raise of the
ticket fare will compensate the said FIRR?
It is one of the options which
we will consider.
4. If so, what is estimated ridership
in said arterial lines of phase 2 of the
project? And those number found by any
survey or the assumption based on the
House Hold survey of Phase 1?
Ridership data in the project cannot
be tweaked to improve FIRR. It is a basic
design data on which the project is designed.
5. Finally, who is gonna take the responsibility
if BMRCL fails to fulfill the FIRR condition
put by the PIB in future?
The project MOU between GOI, GOK
and BMRCL adequately addresses the matter
regarding project sustainability. The
GoI as a project partner is comfortable
with a 6-6.5% FIRR at the stage of project
evaluation. The anticipated cash flows
being conservative estimates will enable
achievement of the planned FIRR. As regards
the responsibility for the achievement
of corporate performance, there is a Board
of Directors of the Company in which the
shareholders ie GOI and GOK are represented
in equal measure who are responsible for
the performance of the company.
1.Could you elaborate on the methodology
that will BMRCl plans to follow to fulfill
the FIRR rate of 6.5%?
The financial data will be reviewed
to address the matter.
2. Will increasing the ticket fare be
an option? If yes, has there been a decision
on how much it could be?
The fares are related not just
to these lines but other lines as well.
Therefore, this option may have a limited
scope in the present context. Yet it will
be looked into as it constitutes an important
3. Given that the GoI and GoK are stakeholders
of BMRCL, whose responsibility will it
be if BMRCL fails to fulfill the FIRR
condition put by the PIB in the future?
I have already answered this question
which has appeared in a kannada daily
today. Please look into the website.
4. We have learnt that BMRCL is willing
to revisit the financials of the project,
based on discussion at the PIB meeting,
could you elaborate on how this would
be done and touch upon certain basic intricacies.
Yes, all the details will be re-visited.
Our proposals and results of our due diligence
will be submitted to the GOI for consideration.
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provide more information about the press
releases sent out by your office today
regarding two accidents on Reach 3 and
3B of the Bangalore Metro
Will there be any compensation provided
to the worker or the vendor who was injured?
Have any such claims been made as of today?
It will be done by the contractor-partner
and is a matter covered by insurance taken
by the contractor-partner for the execution
of works in the project.
No claims have been made so far but these
will be addressed in accordance with law.
I have tried contacting your CPRO in order
to ask him the question, but Mr. Chavan
has not taken nor returned our calls.
Please address your queries to Mr Chavan
by email and he will ensure that you are
provided with our response. We do not
answer queries over phone as it is liable
to be misinterpreted due to communication
distortion that can occur. We have no
means to address the damage caused by
Also sir, if such releases are sent out
3 days after the incident,as in the case
of the workman, it sort of defeats the
purpose of issuing a press release in
the first place. With a dedicated team
including a CPRO, a PRO, I fail to understand
why such releases should come after three
The draft press note was submitted
to me for issue on Wednesday (I was away
on Tuesday) indicating the steps taken
so far but I got busy with other issues
and it remained unissued. The revised
press note was prepared on Thursday in
view of the unfortunate death and issued.
As regards whether the press note was
irrelevant, it is left to your appreciation.
It is your view not news. We have provided
information which we feel should be shared
with the public. If you feel, it need
not be shared with the public, then you
may not publish it. We have it on our
website for general information. I do
not think we are bound by the norms set
by you as regards what we put out and
when. Any information which you and the
public desire can also be provided under
RTI for which the available time for providing
information is thirty days.
Is BMRCL issuing the release today just
because he died today and did not see
it fit to notify people about the accident
three days back?
There is another Press note which we have
issued yesterday alongwith the press note
reporting the death of our worker, which
is regarding injury caused to a member
of the public yesterday morning. I am
surprised that you have totally ignored
it in your reference. This should negate
your apprehension that the press note
on the death of our worker was issued
only because he died. We are not accusing
you of bias but certainly of selective
referencing that appears to create a bias
against us. We hope it will be overcome
with this explanation.
Can I also request Mr. Sivasailam or the
PRO to direct the concerned office to
include this email address in the mailing
list? I have made this request exactly
4 times before in the past 17 months and
unfortunately it has not been done yet.
Yes, we will include your email
address too. We Request you to please
send an official communication from your
organization for our records. This is
so because recently, we had to apologize
to an Editor of a newspaper who protested
against unsolicited emails conveying press
notes from us which was stated to be full
of official jargon of which a journalist
can make no sense. We are therefore forced
to put in place the requirement of official
communication from the newspaper for sending
press reports over email to their designated
reporters and editors. Kindly co-operate
and do the needful.
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with regard to the conditional approval
given towards Phase 2 by the Public investment
various reports, we have been told to understand
that the FIRR will be raised to 6.5% by
increasing the fares in some routes. Is
have issued a formal press note in the matter
which addresses your query. Please refer
us to reports which quotes any official
statement from us that it will be done by
raising fares. If it is from your Paper,
please indicate the basis for the same.
If it is by any other Paper, you may please
address the query to them.
Based on your traffic assessment studies,
etc, which routes along Phase 2 are likely
to have increased fares to ensure that the
target FIRR is reached?
No studies of the nature suggested by you
for increasing fares to ensure target FIRR
is reached are available in the matter.
If you have done any, it may be made available
to us for our consideration.
Do you think people will accept differential
fares along certain routes?
Don't know. You may conduct a poll if you
wish to ascertain the views of the people
directly. You have introduced us to the
idea and we will definitely mull over it
as an option and method of implementation
of the concept. suggestions from you are
What is the expected FIRR along Reach 1?
It is 6.45%.
you propose to increase FIRR along routes
of Phase 1 as and when they are commissioned?
It is long term return and is intrinsic
to the project. One does not attempt to
increase it year-on-year nor can it be done!
If so, what routes along Phase 1 are likely
to provide for the increased FIRR?
The question appears to be based on an speculative
appreciation of facts and concepts.
If you could be so kind sir, could you also
please update me on the status of the station
work along Reach 3 and Reach 3(a).
are at finishing works in all stations except
Peenya village and Peenya Industry stns
where the work of fixing roof sheets in
addition to finishing works are proceeding
are the trials likely to be completed and
ready for an inspection by the CRS?
MoR have ruled that Oscillation Trials have
to be done by RDSO first, prior to CMRS
inspection. To secure RDSO trials we require
two clearances from MoR - SOD 1. for horizontal
and vertical clearances for walkways at
curves and 2. exemption from provision of
check rails in depot. We expect to receive
it shortly. After RDSO trials, CMRS will
come for inspection which could be in mid-sept
at the earliest.
Are there any other approvals pending with
regard to Reach 3, 3a? It has been detailed
has been detailed above.
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Will the Sampige Road
station- Peenya stretch be ready in October?
What is the status of work now?
The integrated testing trials are underway
involving finished track, traction, signal,
communications and rolling stock. Besides,
training of personnel is also underway.
In civil works, finishing works are underway
at all stations. We propose to ask for
Oscillation trials from RDSO next month
by which time we expect to receive the
SOD clearances from Railway Board and
Speed Certificate from RDSO. After Oscillation
trials we will have the safety Inspection
by CMRS expected in Sep. The line can
be open to public after safety certification
Report by CMRS expected by the end of
BMRCL will also be reviving two lakes-
the Veerasandra and Kengeri Lakes. How
much is this going to cost? How do you
plan to develop it? Have you, prior to
the budget received any communication
with regard to this from the state government?
This is a proposal made by NammaMetro
as these lakes are close to the Metro
alignment. Rainwater from the viaduct
can be led to the lakes instead of to
the drains. Hence we proposed to develop
the lakes and make it ecologically sustainable
with appropriate technology inputs as
may be required. With the explicit government
decision now, we have the mandate to develop
the lakes and restore it to the city.
We will develop a DPR with professional
expertise. Estimated cost will also be
detailed in the DPR.
BMRCL has also been entrusted with
planting 1.60 lakh tree saplings at an
expenditure of Rs 20 crore. Where are
these saplings going to be planted? In
how many phases do you plan to do this?
In the project, we have to grow 10trees
for every tree cut or pruned. The trees
will have to be maintained for a period
of three years as well and it could be
upto five years depending on the survival
rate. We have requested the government,
to identify land for us, where we will
develop a botanical park, like lalbagh
and hand it over to the govt. It will
be done with professional expertise and
DPR indicating cost estimates. Land will
be identified for us by BBMP or Revenue
Dept of the state governement
is about the upgradation of roads along
the Metro Reach 1 from Anil Kumble Circle
It is learnt that the
BBMP had requested BMRCL to be the lead
agency to call for tenders to implement
the project as per Tender SURE guidelines.
It is also said that the BMRCL is seeking
certain clarifications from the Empowered
Committee before going ahead with the
The matter came up for discussion at
the last State HPC meeting chaired by
the Chief Secretary. The decision taken
was that BMRCL may execute the Project
on behalf of BBMP as the contractors are
not quoting for BBMP tenders. It was also
noted that BMRCL does not have the mandate
to undertake the works not approved by
the Board and GOI since GOI is also an
equal Partner in the project with GOK.
Hence the Chief Secretary advised to seek
approval of Board of the company for taking
up the work as deposit contribution works.
Deccan Herald requests you to provide
the latest status on this project, as
many Bangaloreans are eagerly awaiting
some progress on this crucial road project.
The total project cost is estimated
at about Rs 110 crores. BMRCL's liability
in the project is limited to road works
estimated at about Rs 6.3 crores which
it will provide to BBMP whether implemented
by BMRCL Or directly by BBMP. Contributions
from BBMP, BDA, BESCOM-KPTCL BWSSB, are
also envisaged. It was also noted that
BMRCL does not have sufficient number
of expert personnel in place to monitor
execution of the BBMP project and if the
proposal is to be implemented by Namma
Metro, a new division will be organised.
The proposal will be taken up at the next
Board Meeting of the company on july 26th,
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS
ON REACH 3 AN 3A ?
Commercial operations can be expected
after third week of Sep 2013.
2)WHAT IS TH WORK PROGRESS STATUS IN
REACH 3 AND 3A?
The progress upto June2013 has been
published in the Newletter which can be
accessed from our website. It gives details
of progress in other reaches as well.
3) GIVE ME THE DETAILS OF TRIAL RUN
We have conducting trial run on the
Down line from Peenya depot to Sampige
Rd station. Trial run on UP line is presently
underway upto Yeshwantpur. We will extend
trials on UP Line upto Sampige Rd Stn
by the end of the month.
4) WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE CRS TO VISIT
REAH 3A AND 3B
Don't know. We will write to CMRS with
the results of Oscillation trials conducted
by RDSO-Ministry of Railways, expected
in the third week of August 2013. This
is contingent on receipt of Railway Board
approval to two items in SoD.
5) WHAT ARE THE CLEARENCES PENDING
FOR APPROVAL OF REACH 3 AND 3A?
As stated SoD clearance for two items
are pending approval of Ministry of Railways.
6) WHAT IS THE REASON FOR DELAY IN
THE FOLLOWING STRETCH?
The stretch has not been detailed by
you but I presume that it is reach3&3A.
There is no delay from the point of view
of time required for the works from the
technical point of view, testing processes
for systems both in-house and external
which cannot be abridged. Yes, with regard
to people's expectations, which are high
and a source of strength for us as indicative
of their expectation of the project, we
may be delayed, but not on technical appraisal
of the time ordinarily required for the
works with regard to the constraints at
site and other issues such time reqd for
land acquisition and litigation concerning
it all of which are factored in contract
management. All our works are subject
to proprietary audit by the C&AG. Reach1
has already gone through that process
twice and other reaches too will be subject
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Allocating parking space below the via
duct parapet of Metro for 2 wheelers Association
president Mr. BP Srinath has said that
while there is a dearth of parking on
the side of MG road opposite to the metro,
space between the pillars is not being
utilized for parking. Is this feasible?
Has BMRCL considered this?
parking space below the viaduct is infeasible
on grounds of safety and also ensuring
smooth traffic flow. The width is small
- just 3m.
This is also the view of the regulator
- Traffic Police and we agree with them.
We are of the view that the entire Brigade
Rd, Commercial street and MG Rd must be
a pedestrian plaza, to start with at least
in the peak evening hours and weekends.
We can create parking facility at Ulsoor
which is the only location where it is
possible to do so without land acquisition.
It is also possible to have underground
parking in the parade ground if there
is consent from the Army authorities and
part financial support from the BTA to
build it. Metro is a recent phenomenon
but the opportunity for creating facilities
in parade ground existed even before Metro
came into existence. Also the demand for
parking is not new. Therefore, the silence
of BTA in not exploring the option of
underground parking facilities so far
Facilities come at a price and the association
must be willing to support non-viable
commercial initiatives because of the
benefits they derive from it or be prepared
to pay betterment charges on account of
the facility when built by public funds
catering to private businesses substantially.
2. Water falls on the road from the Viaduct
thus leading to damage of roads. In your
rejoinder to another newspaper you have
said that there is no possibility of water
falling from Viaduct at that point. Could
you please answer if water leakage is
possible at any point in the viaduct and
if yes, does this water fall on the road?
Has any inspection been done in this regard
to find out water leakage and what was
the result? also is BMRCL the authority
to maintain the quality of MG Road and
what is the status
view that water falling on the ground
from metro viaduct has destroyed the road
below is a figment of imagination and
not borne out by facts. Anyway, we are
committed to repair the road if it is
damaged on account of water drops falling
from the viaduct. We have examined the
matter and have issued a detailed press
note after due enquiry clarifying the
mid-reporting done by a fellow news-reporter
which has also been published. You have
also referred to it. Our stand is clear
as you must have observed. Please go by
the factual situation on the ground and
not hearsay and opinions since the facts
of the matter are easily verifiable.
We are also working on our viaduct maintenance
systems to ensure that cascading water
does not fall on the road. The entire
MG Road boulevard and the Bangalore Santhe
are situated below the viaduct and the
mud-block structures in the Santhe are
intact! Please go and have a look as to
how the run-off water is led down the
Shopowners are alleging that before metro
construction they were assured that both
sides of the footpath would be beautified
by BMRCL once construction was complete,
however, now BMRCL has informed them that
the side opposite to the Metro station
is the responsibility of the BBMP and
not BMRCL. Is this true? Can you please
elaborate on which side of the road is
BMRCL's responsibility and if any such
promises had been made to shopowners before
of all BTA was given no 'promise' of any
sort either by the govt or by BMRCL. The
boulevard was handed over to us by the
govt and we have restored it in its new
avatar about which your newspaper and
others have written eloquently and covered
the public activities. On the other side,
we have the 'plaza side entrance' and
we will restore the footpath abutting
and adjacent to the property that has
been affected by the Construction work.
We are obliged to restore facilities which
we have dismantled and we have addressed
We are not a civic body and hence we do
not provide civic facilities. Providing
and maintaining streets and footpaths
shall logically be the responsibility
of the civic body. If BTA wants better
footpaths, it can be taken up as their
CSR either on their own or in partnership
with other institutions, BMRCL included
along with others, rather than expect
additional public funds from metro to
improve facilities not touched by Metro
Construction at all! It is left to the
reader to decide whether the expenditure
thus made to redo footpaths untouched
by metro construction will qualify as
legitimate project expenditure or frivolous
expenditure. I am sure NIE will be in
the forefront to question the expenditure
so made and rightly so in the considered
view of the discerning.
We can also associate with BTA to create
the improved footpaths provided a mechanism
to share the commercial gain or finance
its construction is also made of the proposal
in which we can participate alongwith
other community based institutions using
funds for operations. Spending project
funds for such activity is ruled out.
If BTA takes the lead to improve access,
Such a CSR/PPP proposal from the trade
association can be a game-changer. It
can be facilitated by citizens' groups
if BTA desires and facilitates. The ball
is in their court, definitely because
they are the larger body with the highest
Is it too much to expect the BTA to detail
its contribution to improving the locality?
The public will be greatly benefitted
by knowing about the development plans
that BTA organised and funded on its own
for the benefit of the common man that
has improved shopping experience generally
what is ur reactions regarding death of
a worker (govindaraju)
The death of Govindaraj who was supervising
the work at the site is indeed unfortunate.
We mourn his accidental death. We have
reported to the police and labour depts.
We will also conduct an internal enquiry.
At this stage, we shall ensure that the
benefits due to him under law are made
Who exactly owns responsibility for the
safety of workers at Bangalore Metro Rail
Corporation Limited (BMRCL) sites?
Steps are taken for safe performance of
tasks by all of us involved in project
implementation - the site workmen and
supervisors, Contractors managers, Engineers'
supervisors, Client's engineers and managers.
However, this accident is not on account
of any failure to prescribe safety systems.
The death is triggered by a vehicle carrying
load that toppled.
several incidents of accidents happening
again n again.. so what are the action
taken by bmrcl to reduce like these incidents?
We do take care but such accidents
are beyond the capability of systems'
Has bmrcl submitted the details on
number contractors, subcontractors, and
number of labourers working at metro sites.?
can u pls provide us those details (at
The matter is sub-judice and the High
Court has the privilege to know the details
of our submission before it is public
knowledge. Please follow the court record
proceedings published in website of the
HCK for details.
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states, after accidents, that are enquiry
will be done into the matter. We would
like to access these reports. Can your
office help us with this?
There is a detailed report prepared
in respect of every accident, fatal or
otherwise. However, these reports are
confidential. They are however made available
to regulatory bodies on demand.
What action has been taken against
contractors every time there is an accident.
Can you please ask your PR office to provide
us details of the action taken.
All cases have been reported to the
regulatory authorities. Based on violation
of SHE Manual, at the project Engineer's
level penalties are levied but the basic
intention is to ensure compliance with
SHE manual. We can provide you details
of the total number of cases where penalties
have been levied. However, penalty is
not levied each time an accident takes
place because the levy of penalty must
be related to a violation of the SHE Manual
by the contractor or his agents. There
are cases where penalties are levied even
without any accident or accident without
often does BMRCL conduct safety inspections
There is a Safety division that oversees
implementation of SHE Manual. These are
part of contract documents. Therefore
safety inspection is not a one-off process
but part of the everyday process of construction.
As part of the process, servicing of equipments,
tools etc are routinely checked and reports
maintained. Safety is part of the construction
process not merely one-off inspection
as you presume. There is safety clearance
required for every major work. Crane work
involving heavy lifting also undergo formal
safety clearance for use of equipment
and lifting method.
Can we get these reports as well?
site and safety engineers at site from
the contractor's side and client side
at appropriate levels check and approve
the use of equipments and tools before
it is used in the project. In respect
of cranes too, there are prescribed specific
checks which are done and documented.
The accident at Peenya is not in our view
due to want of any deficiency in SHE Manual
or deficiency in the equipment for the
purpose in question. All these and others
as the regulator thinks fit and proper
will be examined by the concerned regulatory
authorities for a deeper appreciation
of the cause of the accident and culpability.
In spite of all care that we take, accidents
happen which is most unfortunate. All
papers in the case are given or in the
process of being given to the regulatory
authorities for investigation. They are
confidential documents for regular enquiry
and investigation. May be you should approach
the regulatory authorities for the papers
to facilitate your inquiry and investigation.
are the regulatory authorities sir?
are many 1. City Police 2. Labour 3. NHRC
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is the status of these bonds? When will
they be issued?
We are yet to enter the market with
a Bond Issue. As regards when they will
be issued, we will do it at a more opportune
time, as markets are very volatile now.
Also, what is the procedure to invest
in these bonds?
It will be notified for subscription.
BLASTING WORK TAKE PLACE IN THE DAY TIME
IN FRONT OF VANIVILAS HOSPITAL BLASTING
WORK IS GOING ON EVEN NOW( 3 PM) . HAS
BMRCL GIVEN PERMISSION TO THE CONTRACTOR
IS IT RIGHT ON PART OF BMRCL TO TAKE
UP BLASTING WORK IN THE AFTERNOON ?
WHAT IS THE ACTUAL RULE ?
Blasting requires prior approval under
the Explosives Act. Licence is secured
under the Act. Safety precautions for
procurement, storage and transportation
of explosives have to be scruplously followed.
Access near to blasting locations is restricted.
1.In few corridors coming under the
Metro Phase 2, the geotechnical investigations
are currently going on. Which are the
places where it is currently happening
apart from Shivanjainagar bus terminal,
Diary Circle? ( How much percentage of
the soil test examinations are completed
under Phase 2 )?
The Geotechnical Investigation
work currently in progress in Swagath
Road cross-Nagawara section and Hessaraghatta-BIEC
section of Phase-2. (Approximately 80%
completed in Phase-2).
2. The estimation amount for carrying
out geotechnical investigation is how
much ? ( Few reports say it is six crore
for phase 2)?
The estimated amount for all lines
of Phase-2 is approximately Twenty crores
3. When the soil test would be completed?
The Geotechnical Investigation
work of about 80% is completed in Phase-2
and balance will be completed in about
2 months time
4.BMRCL in its website had recently invited
tenders for construction of Metro Hospital
Block in the premises of Vani Vilas Vilas
Hospital? Can we know what is the plan
all about, when it will be implemented
and facilities planned for the Hospital
The work is to build a Metro Block
of G + Five floors for Vani Vilas hospital
with allied services. Utilisation of these
built areas is planned by Vanivilas hospital
5. Is BMRCL considering any steps to cquisit
the land cquisition before starting out
Phase 2 work? If ues, how?
The Metro alignment is planned
on set of standards and parameters . The
alignment is so planned that the barest
minimum land acquisition is involved like
considering alignment in the middle of
the road in majority of the sections,
Locating the stations/depot in open land
wherever possible, utilization of Government
land along the route.
6. Are there any plans to approach the
state government and requesting them to
take back the decision of hiked guidance
value of properties?