Bengaluru Namma Metro project is set to get a 42-km Metro network connecting Mantri Square ,Sampige Road and Yelachenahalli
BENGALURU,June17: Eleven years after then PM Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the Namma Metro project, Bengaluru is set to get a 42-km Metro network, fulfilling the one dream lakhs of Bengalureans share-a hassle-free commute.
The Green Line section, connecting Mantri Square Sampige Road and Yelachenahalli, will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday and will be open to the public from Sunday.
The section, marking a 12km-stretch, will not only bring south Bengalureans on board, it will allow commuters on the north-south and eastwest corridors to switch lines at the Kempegowda-Majestic Interchange. In all, the Metro is expected to cater to at least five lakh people with the complete rollout of the first phase.
Residents eager to hop on to the first train will be able to do so around 4pm on Sunday, from Nagasandra.
Sandeep B, who used to spend around two hours every day to travel from his home in RBI Layout near JP Nagar to his office at Mahalakshmi Layout, says he can’t wait to board a metro to work.
“I have been waiting for this day to travel by Metro and save not just time but money too. If I drive my car to office, I would spend Rs 7,000 a month. Sometimes, I would take the office cab just to relax or take calls,” he says.
Thousands of techies from south Bengaluru too are eagerly waiting to travel to Byappanahalli by Metro.
“Now we do not have to endure the Silk Board junction trauma. And we don’t have to fear the rain either,” says Sushmit Pal, a techie. “With metro connectivity through Majestic, we do not need to take our bikes to work anymore and suffer daily stress in the traffic.”
The first phase, which was to be commissioned by December 2010, was delayed by seven years primarily due to two fac tors -land acquisition that got entangled in litigation and the difficulties of tunnelling through mixed soil conditions.The project also faced opposition in the initial days over axing of trees and razing of heritage and iconic properties. With the resolution of some issues and the passing of time over others, the project has been much awaited to ease the traffic situation in the city.
The Namma Metro team says it has gained valuable experience. “Phase I was new for all of us. We have learned our lessons from the execution of Phase I and will put that to use for the second phase,” says Pradeep Singh Kharola, MD of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL). “Now we are ready to ensure that we complete the 72-km network planned in the second phase within the 2020 deadline.”
Taking cognisance of the commencement of full-fledged operations on the north-south metro line from Monday, BMTC has announced that it will increase the number of feeder routes from the major stations along this stretch. BMTC has added 13 new routes to the existing 16 feeder routes along the east-west line (Byappanahalli to Nayandahalli).