President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated Bengaluru’s much awaited Namma Metro service. Now, city’s metro rail service is ready to begin its full-fledged operations. The phase 1 of the metro will be thrown open to the public from Sunday. The Metro service saw a delay in its inauguration due to slow progress in tunneling work on 8-km underground stretch. Originally scheduled to be launched in March, 2015, the phase 1 of the metro rail project that fulfils the dream of lakhs of Bengalurians has reached the completion after missing several deadlines, according to Indian Express.
Here are the live updates:
8.30 pm: The newly launched service is expected bring great relief for daily commuters. The report adds that work on the second phase of the metro, comprising 61 stations and spread over 72.10 km, has already begun.
7.40 pm: I am sure in next 15 years more than a dozen Indian cities will have their metro projects ready: President Pranab Mukherjee at Bengaluru.
7.20 pm: 7.22 pm: Watch | Namma Metro video
7.10 pm: Watch | Bengaluru Metro: Namma metro flagged off from Mantri Square Metro Station
— Deccan Herald (@TheDeccanHerald) June 17, 2017
7.05 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates Namma Metro, says a report.
7.00 pm: The first phase of the project comprises two lines — an 18-km east-west stretch and a 24-km north-south stretch. It was originally scheduled to be completed by March 2015. Slow progress in tunneling work on a 8-km underground stretch in the heart of the city has been blamed for the delay in completion of the project.