Bengaluru: It is good news for Namma Metro commuters that the much-awaited additional coaches for Bangalore Metro trains have almost arrived. The Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) is likely to deliver the first set (three coaches) to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) on February 14.
“BEML will hand over the first three coaches to BMRCL on 14 February in the presence of Bengaluru development minister K J George. We will have to integrate the new coaches into an existing train and conduct test runs. The first six-car train will commence operations after clearance from railway safety authorities. We are expecting these procedures will be completed at the earliest and be ready for commercial operations by March,” BMRC MD Mahendra Jain said.
Namma Metro’s East-West corridor (Purple Line) will get the first Metro train with six coaches, with the first compartment reserved for women. The trial run of metro train is expected to take place at night and scheduled to be completed in a month.
BMRC is also likely to operate six-car trains during peak hours. Last June, the state government and BMRCL promised three additional coaches, with one coach reserved for women for at least one or two trains, by December 2017, but the deadline was missed.
Metro ridership recently touched 4.11 lakh, including 2.37 lakh on the Purple Line and 1.72 lakh on the Green Line.