Bangalore: West Bengaluru’s long wait for the Namma Metro train is finally ending on Monday. After chief minister Siddaramaiah flags off the first train at Magadi Road station, purple coaches will zoom in along the 6.8km stretch to reach Mysuru Road station at Nayandahalli via Hosahalli, Vijayanagar, Attiguppe and Deepanjali Nagar stations and vice versa. The journey is expected to take 15-20 minutes.
This is the elevated part of the Reach-II of Namma Metro between Majestic and Mysuru Road under Phase 1. However, the entire stretch up to Majestic and further will be operational only after the underground stretch at Majestic gets completed.
With this, Metro will be operational on three elevated corridors: East, West and North. Work on the elevated South corridor is almost over, while it is still under way on the underground stretches of EastWest and North-South corridors. All stations will have 50-60 surveillance cameras.
Though many Bengalureans along the new stretch are excited, they want the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) to speed up the underground works to ensure end-to-end connectivity. Srinivas M, a private firm employee residing in Vijayanagar, said, “This will reduce traffic congestion on many roads in West Bengaluru. But it will be really useful only when stretch from MG Road to Magadi Road becomes fully operational.”
Praveen Kumar, a systems engineer in a private company, said parking lot for Metro users has to be provided in each station, because people use both Metro and own vehicles to commute in the city. “Many Metro stations in the city don’t have space for parking vehicles,” he said.
Trying our best: BMRC
UA Vasant Rao, spokesperson of BMRC, said speed trials of trains on the underground stretch between MG Road and Magadi Road stations have begun. “We are trying our best to push to open the underground line connection by mid-January 2016. There are only very few processes left to certify the line by the CMRS (Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety) for us to begin the commercial operation of the Purple Line trains.” Earlier, Metro authorities had said the East-West line including the 2.4km underground section will be operational by December 2015.