Extension and the addition of New Lines to Namma Metro – Phase 2

On 20 October 2011, the first Bangalore metro line ran from Baiyyappanahalli to Mahatma Gandhi Road for a distance of 6.7 kilometers heaved a sigh of relief. After hearing so much about Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore had one for itself. Let’s know more about the networks, constructions and the controversies the Bangalore Metro is surrounded by.

Bangalore Metro, Source: Google Images

An Overview of Namma Metro

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is a joint venture of Government of India and the Government of Karnataka. It is a Special Purpose Vehicle entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of Bangalore Metro Rail Project.

The Bangalore Metro began its operations in October 2011. Since then, it has turned into the lifeline for a large number of commuters in Bangalore. The air-conditioned metro trains have provided commuters the key to a fast, safe, comfortable and reliable journey. The metro system is designed for a maximum train speed of 80 km/hr. but the trains are allowed to commercially run at a speed of not more than 67.50 km/hr.

Source: Google Image

Namma Metro: Phase 2 Network

The Union cabinet has approved the Phase 2 extension of Namma metro on 30th January 2014. This has paved the way for the city to have a metro network covering 114 km.

Phase 2 spans a total length of 72.095 km and will have 61 stations. 13.79 km is underground (including 12 stations), 0.48 km at grade and 57.825 km is elevated. Phase 2 includes the construction of two new lines and extension of two Phase – 1 corridors.

Complete Map of Phase 2 & 2A, Source: Google Image

Phase 2: Line 1 – Green Line [BIEC – Anjanapura], North – South Line

The Southern Green Line will be the extension of Reach 4 from Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura Township along the Kanakpura Road. The extension work began in October 2016 and is expected to be completed by August 2020. It covers a total of 5 stations for a distance of 6.29 kilometers.

Namma Metro Work-in-Progree, Source: Google Image

The Northern Green Line will be extended from Hesaraghatta Cross to Bangalore International Exhibition Center (BIEC) on Tumkur Road. This extension, also known as Reach 3C, covers a distance of 3.77 km and will have a total of 3 stations. Land acquisition issues delayed the construction which finally began in June 2017 and is expected to be completed by March 2023. Once completed, there will be 32 stations on the Green Line – 13 are currently operational.

Phase 2: Line 2 – Purple Line [Whitefield – Kengeri]

The Purple Line currently runs from Mysore Road in the west to Baiyappanahalli in the east. In Phase 2 this line will be extended further east and west.

The Western Purple Line will be extended from Mysore Road to Kengeri (8.81 km) and includes a total of 6 stations. Construction work on this extension of the Purple Line is happening in two parts Reach 2A – from Mysore Road to Pattanagere and Reach 2B – from Pattanagere to Kengeri. It is expected to be completed by December 2020.

The eastern extension of the Purple Line will be from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield. This 15.5 km elevated stretch which will include 13 stations. The work is split into two packages – Reach 1A from Baiyappanahalli to Visvesvaraya Industrial Area and Reach 1B from Kundalahalli to Whitefield (7.21 km).

For the construction of Reach 1A and Reach 1B, around 270 buildings were demolished. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited spent an estimated Rs.849 crore to acquire these properties.

Phase 2: Line 3 – Yellow Line [RV Road – Bommasandra]

The construction of the Yellow Line from R V Road to Bommasandra Line was split into three packages.

  1. The construction of 6.418 km stretch from Bommasandra to Hosa Road station includes five stations i.e Bommasandra, Hebbagodi, Huskur Road, Electronic City-II and Electronic City-I and also includes the construction of the depot entry line to Hebbagodi depot.
  2. The construction of 6.38 km stretch from Hosa Road to HSR Layout includes Hosa Road, Basapura Road, Chikkabegur, Munneshwara Nagar, Oxford College, HSR Layout stations. The estimated cost of these two projects is Rs. 1,750 crore.
  3. For the next 6.34 km, the estimated cost is Rs.797.29 crore. Central Silk Board, BTM Layout, Jayadeva Hospital, Ragigudda, RV Road are the stations included in this.

The Yellow Line construction is expected to compete by March 2023.

Phase 2: Line 4 – Red Line [Nagawara – Gottigere]

A new line will be constructed under Phase 2 which will pass through the Electronic City and will be fully elevated. Gottigere to Nagawara Red Line is the second new line which will cover 21.25 km of length. This line is mostly (13.79 km) underground also has a 6.98 km elevated and 0.48 km at-grade sections. This line connects 18 stations, of which 12 stations are underground and 6 are elevated. The estimated cost of this project. Red Line project split into five packages from Reach 6 – UG – P1 to Reach 6 – UG – P4 and elevated section.

  1. Reach 6 – UG – P1: Dairy Circle – Vellara Junction
  2. Reach 6 – UG – P2: Vellara Junction – Cantonment
  3. Reach 6 – UG – P3: Cantonment – Venkateshpura which includes 3 stations.
  4. Reach 6 – UG – P4: Venkateshpura – Nagawara.
  5. Elevated Section: The construction includes 7.5 km elevated area from Gottigere to Swagath Road which includes five stations and car depot on the 34-acre plot in Kothanur.

Land required for the construction of the Red Line is around 50 hectares. The land acquisition has been completed. A total of 690 trees will be cut to build the line – 438 trees for the elevated section and 252 trees for the underground stretch.

Phase 2A: Line 5 – Blue Line [Silk Board – K.R. Puram (ORR)]

In September 2016, it was announced that a new line of 17 kilometers connecting Silk Board with K.R. Puram would be included in Phase 2 of the project which is categorized as Phase 2A. The line is proposed to have 13 stations and will be called Outer Ring Road Metro (ORR Metro). The estimated cost for this line is Rs.4,202 crore. The ORR Metro will have interchange stations with the extended Purple Line at K.R. Puram.

Finance and Funding

For Phase 2 of Namma Metro, the Karnataka Government approved a budget of Rs.27,000 crore in January 2012. The estimated total cost for Phase II is around Rs.26405 crore. In October 2018, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara stated that the cost of Phase 2 would be around Rs.32,000 crore (US$4.5 billion).

The expected cost of land acquisition is Rs.5,000 crore. Around Rs.15,000 crore, the cost of the project will be funded by the State and Central Government. The State and Central Governments will bear 30% and 20% of the total project cost of Phase 2 respectively. The balance amount will be obtained through senior term loans. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited is permitted to raise through loan up to Rs.9,000 crore. The Asian Development Bank ($250 million), Agence Francaise De Development (AFD) (Rs. 1,600 crore) and European Investment Bank (Rs. 3,700) agreed to sanction loan.

Acquisition of land – Hurdle and Possession:

The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board is responsible for acquiring land for Phase II. For the Phase II of the project, a total of 102.02 hectares (252 acres) of land is acquired. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited spend Rs.5000 crore on land acquisition. Most of the land has been acquired and the work has already been started for metro line(s). Gottigere-Nagawara is slow progress in construction.

In February 2019, acquisition of forest land in Kadugodi – finally, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited has cleared a major hurdle by acquiring the forest land in Kadugodi. It was the biggest hassle for BMRC Limited.

Environmental loss: To build a network of elevated corridors that will span the length and breadth of the city, a total of 3,281 trees will have to be felled and 22,082 trees pruned.

Impact of Namma Metro on Real Estate Market of Bangalore

Godrej Air at a walkable distance from Garudacharpalya Metro Station, Source: Google Image

As there is an extension of Purple and Green line and also an addition of Yellow Red and Blue line in Phase 2, Whitefield and Outer Ring Road(ORR) will be connected as part of Phase 2 (Whitefield and Electronic City) and Phase 2A (ORR). As per the observation, real estate activities increase around 2 years prior to the completion of a metro line in terms of better connectivity and results in price appreciation. However, a sharp appreciation in the price and the rental value is observed only after the operation of the line starts. The completion of Phase 2 and Phase 2A of Namma Metro will lead to a multi-fold increase in ridership and will result in an increase in rental values.

To Conclude:

Namma Metro, Source: Google Image

The metro has a total length of 72.095 kilometers. Phase 2 of Bangalore Metro will include three more lines which are Red Line, Yellow Line, and Blue Line. These three lines will be connected with 61 more stations. It’s hard to wait for this visionary master plan to come in the operation which will help lakhs of commuters and also it will reduce the dust, noise, pollution, and traffic which is very annoying for the everyday commuters.

Sowparnika Indraprastha – Modern Homes Crafted for Sophisticated Living

Sowparnika Indraprastha is a project by the Sowparnika Group, who has been involved in the real estate industry in India since 2013. Sowparnika Group is amongst the fastest growing real estate developers in India. The company is best known for its commitment, customer satisfaction, value for money, on-time delivery, quality deliverables, 360-degree approach, and teamwork. The company has set its sights on Whitefield, Bangalore with their upcoming project Sowparnika Indraprastha at Whitefield Road. Read on to know more about the project, amenities, prices and other details.

Source: Sowparnika Indraprastha

Sowparnika Indraprastha: Location and Connectivity

The project is located at Kanekal Village, Whitefield, Bangalore (approximately 9.6 km from Hope Farm Junction). Important areas which are connected to Whitefield like Marathahalli, ITPL, Mahadevapura, Krishnarajapuram, and Bellandur are situated in the east of Bangalore. There are two, four-lane roads connecting Whitefield to the city center – Whitefield road via Mahadevapura and Varthur road (via HAL) via Marathahalli. Both roads intersect with state highway 35 of Karnataka which runs north-south. The Whitefield railway station in Kadugodi (nearest railway station at a distance of 8.9 km) has trains going to and coming from Kolar, Mysore, Chennai, and more. Dodda Dunnasandra Cross bus stop is just 1.3 km from the project. This location has quick and easy access to Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) services which provide intercity connectivity. Further improvement in the connectivity in this location will increase after the phase II metro service starts. Whitefield is included in the proposed Phase II (a purple line connecting Whitefield and Byappanahalli) of Namma Metro and will be covering 13 stations in between.

Sowparnika Indraprastha: Infrastructure Boom

The emergence of Whitefield as an IT hub with establishment of EPIP (Export Promotion Industrial Park), International Tech Park, Bengaluru (ITPB) and offices of numerous companies such as Tech Mahindra Limited, IBM India Pvt Ltd, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iCT HEALTH Technology Services India Pvt Ltd., DXC Technology, etc. have also boosted the residential development of this suburb. Sowparnika Indraprastha is most suitable to homebuyers employed in the IT and ITeS offices of Whitefield.

Infrastructure Boom, (Source: Google Images)

Sowparnika Indraprastha: Social Infrastructure – Healthcare, Shopping, Education

The residents of Sowparnika Indraprastha will have easy access to clubs like Whitefield Club, Palm Meadows Club and lounges apart from the access to shopping malls like The Forum Value Mall (11.2 km), Phoenix Market City (16 km), VR Bengaluru (16 km), InOrbit Mall (10 km) and Park Square (10.3 km). Whitefield enjoys good nightlife with popular places such as Windmills Craftworks, Whitefield Social, The Checkered Bar, The Biere Club, Sherlock’s Pub, The Pallet – Brewhouse & Kitchen, etc.

Whitefield Shopping Center, (Source: Google Images)

Healthcare and Education:

Residents of Sowparnika Indraprastha will have access to many quality educational and healthcare options. Some of the best schools in this part of Whitefield such as Bangalore International Academy  (3.3 km), Bloomers School (7.1 km), Adam English High School (7.9 km), Whitefield Global School (8 km), Delhi Public School (8.3 km), Deens Academy (10.8 km), etc. are located within a radius of 3-10 km. Higher educational institutions such as Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre (12.8 km), MVJ College Of Engineering (8.3 km), Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (12.1 km), Pragathi PU College (8.6 km), are within close proximity of the project.

Sathya Sai Baba Hospital (13.9 km), Narayana Multispeciality Hospital (9.6 km), Manipal Hospital Whitefield (11.2 km), Cloud Nine hospital ITPL (10.8 km), Columbia Asia Hospital Whitefield (11.7 km) are among some of the reputed healthcare facilities located within 7-14 km from Sowparnika Indraprastha.

Sowparnika Indraprastha: Apartment Types, Prices, and Configuration

Sowparnika Indraprastha was launched in May 2018 and is expected to be completed by March 2022. This community is home to over 268 families in six wings of the single tower which offers a combination of Studio, 1, 1.5, 2 & 3 BHK flats starting at an affordable price of Rs. 20 lakhs. The entire project area is close to 2 acres, with more than 42% open spaces. The block has stilt + 4 floors with lift facility. The apartment comes with a modern kitchen, the finely designed bathrooms, spacious bedrooms, a huge living room with a fabulous view. The super built-up area of the flats starts from 328 sq. ft to 995 sq. ft. The RERA registration number of this project is PRM/KA/RERA/1250/304/PR/180601/001848.

Sowparnika Indraprastha Bedrooms

Sowparnika Indraprastha was launched in May 2018. This community is home to over 268 families in six wings of the single tower which offers a combination of Studio, 1, 1.5, 2 & 3 BHK flats that comes to you at an affordable price. The entire project area is close to 2 acres, with more than 42% open spaces. The block has a grand entrance lobby and there are 67 flats per floor. There are total stilt + 4 floors with lift facility. The apartment comes with a modern kitchen, the finest bathrooms, spacious bedrooms, a huge living room, and a breathtaking fabulous view. The size of the flats is starting from 328 sq. ft to 995 sq. ft. super built-up area.

Type of Apartments No. of Units Apartment size (Sq.ft.) Price (in INR)
Studio 16 328 15 lakhs Onwards
1BHK + 1T 53 401-561 18 – 24 lakhs
1.5 BHK + 1T+ Study Room 3 616-636 26 – 28 lakhs
2BHK 112 658-681 30 – 31 lakhs
3BHK 84 884-995 37 – 41 lakhs

The project offers you the best quality construction with the latest and the most modern amenities. The units are 100% Vastu compliant. All the units have the entrance facing North, East, and West. All the 6 wings are connected to each other. The structure is an R.C.C framed structure with concrete block masonry. Vitrified tiles have been used in the flooring of living, dining, kitchen and all the bedrooms and anti-skid ceramic tiles in toilets and balcony. Moreover, vacant lands surround Sowparnika Indraprastha making the location free from noise and pollution.

Sowparnika Indraprastha: Amenities and Indulgence

The Sowparnika Group believes in building a society that enables you to live a more meaningful and enriching life. This includes all the modern lifestyle amenities one can expect from a quality residential development. For socializing, there will be Interaction corner and a 3018 sq, ft. clubhouse with indoor games. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy facilities such as a health club with multipurpose hall and gym which is around 2804 sq. ft. There are separate children’s play area and a swimming pool.

Source: Sowparnika Indraprastha

The apartment incorporates sustainable and green practices such as rainwater harvesting. Along with this they also have a landscaped garden, waste management system, sewage treatment plant. The other amenities include a 24 hrs power backup for common areas, round the clock security, wi-fi enabled through a service provider, Intercom to the apartment from security cabin through a service provider, lifts, transformer, and covered car parking. Overall, Sowparnika is constantly breaking conventions to redefine a better lifestyle at their various residential projects.

To Conclude…

When we think about buying a home, it is a huge decision because we will be spending the rest or most of our life there. And that’s why we would want a peaceful, safe environment and with contemporary lifestyle amenities and facilities. Sowparnika Indraprastha ticks these boxes. The construction is progressing on time and the builder is promising to deliver the home(s) by March 2022. Hurry up and book your dream home.

Sowparnika The Columns – Discover Exquisitely Designed Homes

Sowparnika The Columns: Overview

Sowparnika, a real estate company that has successfully delivered large residential townships in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu is launching a luxurious apartment project called ‘Sowparnika The Columns’ located at Soukya Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru. Team of Sowparnika has been delivering quality homes based on Trust, Quality, and Excellence, thus redefining the concept of quality housing.

Overview of Sowparnika The Columns – Source (Sowparnika The Columns)

Sowparnika The Columns was launched in April 2017 and is expected to be completed in December 2021. It is the 57th residential project of Sowparnika located just 10 minutes drive from the upcoming Hope Farm MetroStation. The starting price for 2 BHK flat (super built-up area 980 sq.ft.) is 39 lakhs. Spread over 3.13 acres with 390 flats the project offers the best quality construction with the latest and the most modern amenities. Proximity to IT parks, offices and various social infrastructure makes the project an attractive residential destination. Additional details about the apartment types, amenities and prices are shared in this article. The RERA registration number of this project is PRM/KA/RERA/1250/304/PR/171024/000764.

Sowparnika The Columns: Location and Connectivity

Sowparnika The Columns located at Soukya Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru enjoys seamless connectivity thanks to the two major roads which serve this area. These two roads are Whitefield road from Krishnarajapuram and Whitefield main road from Varthur. These intersect at Hope Farm Junction where a station is under construction for the upcoming metro. It is just 10 minutes away and will make traveling more convenient. Other than these, the project has good connectivity options such as train, cabs and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses.

Soukya Holistic Health & Ayurveda Treatment Centre, Source (Google Images)

Its an ideal residential locality for those commuting to work in IT sectors in ITPL, Whitefield, there are several well-known IT hubs and office buildings close to the project – Such as ITPL (13.8), EPIP (12.9 km), Prestige Shantiniketan (9.5 km), Tata Consultancy Services (8.7), Genisys Software (9.7), SAP Labs (12.3 km), Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India (8.5), and many more being noteworthy. These are a few of the good reasons for one to invest in this Sowparnika The Columns.

Sowparnika The Columns: Social Infrastructure – Healthcare, Education, Shopping

Its an ideal residential locality for those commuting to work in IT offices in ITPL, Whitefield, as there are several well-known IT hubs and office buildings close to the project – such as ITPL (13.8), EPIP (12.9 km), Prestige Shantiniketan (9.5 km), Tata Consultancy Services (8.7), Genisys Software (9.7), SAP Labs (12.3 km), Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India (8.5), and many more. Connectivity and proximity to workplaces are a few of the good reasons for one to invest in Sowparnika The Columns.

Sowparnika The Columns: Social Infrastructure – Healthcare, Education, Shopping

Sowparnika The Columns provides benefits to the residents through access to many quality educational and healthcare institutions. Some of the best schools in this part of Whitefield such as Bangalore International Academy (1 km), Bloomers School (4.8 km), Adam English High School (5.6 km), Whitefield Global School (5.7 km), Delhi Public School (6 km), Deens Academy (8.6 km) etc. are located within a radius of 1-10 km. Higher educational institutions such as Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre (10.4 km), MVJ College Of Engineering (6 km), Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (9.8 km), Pragathi PU College (6.3 km), are within close proximity of the project.

Sathya Sai Baba Hospital (11.6 km), Narayana Multispeciality Hospital (7.8 km), Manipal Hospital Whitefield (8.9 km), Cloud Nine hospital ITPL (8.5 km), Columbia Asia Hospital Whitefield (9.4 km) are among some of the reputed healthcare facilities located within 7-11 km from Sowparnika The Columns. Whitefield is also well-known for its reserve forests of eucalyptus trees.

The project is close to many popular malls, restaurants and shopping centers on the ITPL, Whitefield Main Road and Hope Farm Junction, namely Forum Value Mall Whitefield (8.9 km), Phoenix Market City (14.1 km), VR Bengaluru (14.1 km), Park Square (8 km), InOrbit (8.5) and Virginia (9.3 km) etc.

Sowparnika The Columns: Apartment Types, Prices, and Configuration

Sowparnika The Columns greets visitors through a wide, well-guarded entrance. The peripheral road and walkways in the site are flanked by ample greenery. There are 390 units in single blocks which offer a combination of Studio, 1, 2 & 3 BHK flats that are offered at an affordable price. The block has a grand entrance lobby and there are 26 flats per floor. Elevators form the lift core. The apartment comes with a modern kitchen, the finest bathrooms, spacious bedrooms, a huge living room, and a breathtaking fabulous view. The flat size is starting from the super built-up area of 330 sq. ft to 1410 sq. ft.

Project Highlights – Source (Sowparnika The Columns)

The apartment is designed to facilitate optimum sunlight and ventilation in all the rooms. Each flat has wide balconies and large, double-glazed windows. The exterior design of the apartment block is quite modern. The apartment has standard finishes and fixtures. It has vitrified tiles flooring, modular kitchen (with dishwasher), and wardrobes in all bedrooms.

The table below lists the various apartment types, their built-up areas and starting prices*:

Apartment Type Super Built-Up Area (Sq. Ft.) Price in INR (In lakhs)
Studio 330 13
1BHK+1T 573 to 744 23 to 30
2BHK+2T 984 to 1158 39 to 46
3BHK+3T 1245 to 1453 50 to 58

*may be subject to change in future as notified by developer/resale entity

Sowparnika The Columns: Amenities

The group believes in building homes that enable you to live a more enlightening and meaningful life. This project has every indulgent facility a person could think of. For water lovers, there is a children’s pool, a swimming pool along with a pool deck perfect for playing music and having an amazing evening. Sports enthusiasts will have facilities such as well equipped gymnasium, jogging track, indoor games, etc. There is a separate children’s play area. There is plenty of space such as a multipurpose hall/party hall and open party area to have celebratory gatherings.

Swimming Pool – Source (Sowparnika The Columns)

Sowparnika The Columns incorporates sustainable and green practices such as rainwater harvesting. Along with this they also have landscaped areas, central landscaped courtyard, sewage treatment plant and boundary plantation. The other amenities include a clubhouse, CCTV facility, 24×7 security, transformer and DG yard, reserved car parking, UG sump, and panel room among others.

To Conclude…

Sowparnika The Columns is a self-sufficient residential complex catering to the luxury needs of homebuyers. Most of the apartments offer stunning views of roadside and surrounding greenery. The apartment has lower pricing mainly due to developing location compared to upcoming luxury projects in the same location. This project, therefore, provides a good opportunity to make Soukya road, Whitefield one’s home and enjoy a lavish lifestyle. The construction is in progress and is on time, and the builder is expecting to deliver the homes by December 2021. The society would be really great where you will end up socializing a lot and enjoying yourself.