Client: Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL)
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Project and Construction Management
A major program to construct a mass rapid transit system is under way in Bangalore, to relieve traffic congestion, facilitate economic growth, and provide a clean, efficient, and safe means of transport in the rapidly growing city. Construction of the system, known as “Namma Metro” or “Our Metro,” began in June 2007.
Including portions that are elevated, at grade, and underground, Phase 1 of the system will be 25 miles (42 kilometers) long and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The first section of the system, a 4-mile (7-kilometer) line that connects the center of the city with its eastern suburbs, opened on October 20, 2011.
As part of an international consortium, Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing general consultancy services to the client including project and construction management, design services, tendering and testing, and commissioning. Some of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s specific services include: rail systems interface and integration management; safety assurance; tunnel ventilation and environmental control; station architecture; automatic fare collection system; construction safety; illumination: and lifts and escalators.
The program’s strong commitment to sustainability has led to the use of regenerative braking to derive savings in traction power and to reduce heat loads in tunnels, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.