BENGALURU (METRO RAIL NEWS): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the extended Bengaluru Metro line between Mysore Road and Kengeri on Sunday in Bengaluru.
According to BMRCL (official), The 7.5-kilometre-long Western Extension Line of Namma Metro, which connects Mysore Road Metro Station to Kengeri Metro Station, will open to the public on Monday.
Passengers will just need to pay 56 Rupees for travelling end to end from Baiyapanahalli to Kengeri. All trains won’t go up to Kengeri, some will terminate at Mysuru Road. The metro section expects to carry 7000 passengers per day.
According to Hardeep Singh Puri, Bengaluru metro is the busiest metro network in the country next to Mumbai and Delhi. Speaking at the inauguration event, Hardeep Singh Puri said, “Journey of Bengaluru metro started with the sanction of phase one in 2006 which is 42.3 km with an approved revised cost of Rs 13, 845 crores. The first section of 7 km of phase one was commenced in October 2011 and daily passenger boarding of about 12, 500 per km of the phase one pre-Covid is comparable to the busiest metro network in the country next to Mumbai and Delhi.”
Routes, fares and timings:
With six stations — Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Jnanabharathi, Pattengere, Kengeri Bus Terminal, and Kengeri — on the extended Purple line, the new route is 7.53 kilometres long. Operations on this stretch were initially scheduled to begin in 2020 and then pushed to June as officials cited Covid second wave and unavailability of workers due to the pandemic among reasons for the delay.
Travel time between Mysuru Road and Kengeri is expected to be around 15 minutes in the new stretch. A passenger will have to pay Rs 56 to travel between Baiyappanahalli and Kengeri –– the two stations located at different ends of the Purple Line. The farthest one could travel in the metro along the new stretch will be between Kengeri and Silk Institute (Green Line) stations, costing Rs 60.