BENGALURU: President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the new section of the Bengaluru Namma Metro’s phase-1 this evening, a huge step that will redress the transportation woes of the city, and ensure fast connectivity between different parts of the city.
The President inaugurated the North-South Corridor as well as dedicated the entire Phase-I to the nation.
With the commissioning of the full 42.3-km stretch, the number of Metro users is expected to rise from 1.9 lakh to nearly 5 lakh. With traffic on roads routinely moving at snail’s pace, the fast-moving metro will be welcome relief.
Traffic in the city moves at a speed of 10 kmph or less sometimes. Metro trains will run at an average speed of 35 kmph and can touch a maximum of 75 kmph.
The full stretch of phase -1 of the Metro now covers the existing East-West corridor and the new North-South corridor.
Though the new corridor from Mantri Square Sampige Road to Yelachenahalli extends to only 10.5-km, it would link North, South, East and West Bengaluru by interconnecting all the stretches at the Kempe Gowda Interchange Metro station.
The North-South stretch will begin commercial operations at 4 pm on Sunday from the two ends of the corridor, Nagasandra as well as Yelachenahalli. It will have 9 elevated stations
The fares on Namma Metro will also be increased by 10 to 12 per cent on the Purple Line between Mysore Road and Baiyappanahalli and the Green Line between Nagasandra and Mantri Square Sampige Road, which are presently operational. A detailed fare chart for all stations will be released late on Saturday.
Eleven years after the project was approved by the Union Cabinet, commissioning of the entire phase-1 is set to become a reality today after numerous deadlines lapsed. The final cost of the project is Rs 13,865 crore. The first stretch of the Metro from M G Road to Baiyappanahalli was launched on October 20, 2011.
Earlier in the day, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George visited the Vidhana Soudha to inspect the arrangements for the evening function. “It is a matter of great pride not only for Bengalureans but for everyone in Karnataka that the President will dedicate the entire project to the nation today.”