Metro to Begin Ops on East-West Corridor Soon
By Express News Service | Published: 20th April 2016 04:12 AM |
BENGALURU: Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) will start operations on the East-West Corridor in 10-15 days, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George said here on Tuesday.
Speaking on the sidelines of a programme held to mark the breakthrough of the Tunnel Boring Machine Godavari at Majestic, he said that safety clearance for the line connecting Baiyappanahalli and Nayandahalli has been issued and all civil works have been completed.
“The state government has invited Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate the Metro stretch,” he said.
On the line connecting Sampige Road and Majestic, he said that works on the parallel line between the two stations will be completed in two to three months.
Tunnel boring is now complete and the remaining works too will be finished soon, he said.
Work in Full Swing
Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director of BMRCL said that contracts have been awarded for the completion of the Phase-2 line between Nayandahalli and Kengeri, and Reach-4 line towards Kanakapura Road.
“Land acquisition for Metro connectivity towards Whitefield and Electronics City too are being taken up,” he said.
Tunnel Boring Machine
The Godavari Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), one of the four TBMs, had started working on the line in 2013.
However, the progress was slow and the machine suffered a breakdown midway. In September 2015, the machine became operational again and completed a 600 metre-stretch in seven months.