Bengaluru: The underground (UG) stretch of Namma Metro between Cubbon Road and Vidhana Soudha, the first UG metro line in South India, will be inaugurated on Friday.
BMRCL managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola confirmed to Media that all clearances have been obtained and the launch will be on April 29.
With the inauguration the 4.8km UG line, commuters will be able to travel from Byappanahalli in the east to Mysuru Road in the west. The underground section alone will have five stations and will connect the two corridors with Majestic -the city centre, from where people will be able to access inter-city and inter-state buses from the KSRTC bus terminus and the Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna railway station (City railway station).
The travel time between Baiyappanahalli and Mysuru Road, which otherwise takes nearly two hours will now be reduced to 33 minutes and will cost people only Rs 40. Overall there are 17 stations on the 18.1km stretch.
The underground stretch was expected to be ready by March but got delayed by almost two months; Metro authorities applied for safety clearance during the third week of March.