Finally, after a long wait of over 10 years, people in Bengaluru will get to travel by Namma Metro. The city’s metro rail service is ready to begin its full-fledged operations. After President Pranab Mukherjee dedicates it to the nation on Saturday, phase 1 will be thrown open to the public on Sunday. The completion of phase 1 can be marked only after the President’s inauguration on Saturday. The Metro service was originally scheduled to be completed by March 2015 but the slow progress in tunnelling work on 8-km underground stretch led to delay in completion. The first phase metro rail project that fulfils the dream of lakhs of Bengalureans has reached the completion after missing several deadlines, according to Indian Express.
Here are top 5 things you need to know about the Namma Metro:
1. The first phase of Bengaluru Metro is a 42-km long stretch and was firstly initiated in 2005. It comprises a 33.48-km elevated section and an 8.82-km underground section. There are 40 stations in total – 33 elevated and seven underground, and the maximum travel time on any stretch is 44 minutes.
2. The Bengaluru Metro project is comprised of two lines — an 18-km east-west stretch and a 24-km north-south stretch.
3. The completion of Phase 1 will take place on Saturday after the President’s inauguration of a 12-km stretch on the north-south green line, connecting Sampige Road and Yelachenahalli as reported by Indian Express.
4. The cost for the phase I metro project had escalated from the initial projection of Rs 11,600 crore to Rs 14,200 crore.
5. After the commercial operation begins, over 5 lakh people are expected to use the metro daily. The metro is expected to reduce traffic woes on the city streets, according to Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
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Work on the second phase of the metro, comprising 61 stations and spread over 72.10 km, has already begun, according to Indian Express report.