Bangalore (SBC): The much-awaited commercial operations of Namma Metro between Nagasandra and Peenya Industry will commence on May 1. When this becomes operational, the entire North-South corridor from Mantri Square Sampige Road station to Nagasandra will be completed.
Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will symbolically flag off a train at 10 am from Nagasandra station while the first train with passengers will run from the station to Peenya Industry in the evening.
The three stations that will be connected along the 2.5 km stretch (Reach-3B) are T Dasarahalli, Jalahalli and Nagasandra.
Speaking to RailNews, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola said service trials (which involves the actual run) were conducted over last fortnight along the stretch after clearance was obtained from the Commissioner for Rail Safety on April 9. “We were also checking the ticket alignment and passenger amenities,” he added.
Kharola said Rs 50 crore was spent to set up each of the stations. A unique feature in these stations is that the passenger fare gates have been erected on the concourse at the upper level. “This has been done to provide more space for movement at the ground level inside the stations,” he added.
Presently, Reach-3 and Reach-3A connect Mantri Square Sampige Road to Peenya Industry. “Between 15,000 and 20,000 commuters use this stretch daily,” Kharola added. “We are expecting a good response to the service as many residential apartments have come up on the Reach-3B stretch.” A train will be run every 10 minutes on this stretch too.
Reach-3B was initially to be launched by May 2014. However, it was pushed to August that year due to safety issues and then to February this year. It was then pushed to March. Finally, it is now all set to begin operations on May 1.
To facilitate easy access to the station, three pedestrian subways will be constructed at Jalahalli, Nagasandra and Peenya Industry. “We have called for tenders in this connection” Kharola said.