Bangalore ( Metro Rail News ) – One of the most awaited projects of Bangaluru Metro, Yelachenahalli – Anjanapura (Green Line) project which was supposed to be ready by 2018, has a new deadline: November 1, 2020. According to few news reports, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) MD Ajay Seth has said that the first 6.4 km elevated section of phase 2 of Namma Metro will be commissioned on November 1, which is also the state formation day-Karnataka Rajyotsava.
Around 87 per cent of the work has been completed on the line. The metro line was supposed to be completed by 2018 and has already been delayed by over two years. The earlier deadline was August 2020, but this too was further delayed due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, where construction activities had been stopped.
TNM had earlier reported that the pre-COVID-19 deadline for the project was August 2020 and officials were hoping to inaugurate the line on Independence Day. The delay earlier was due to the BMRCL’s plan to use a part of the forest land to set up a depot, which had triggered protests and objections by environmentalists. Later, the BMRCL acquired private land for the same.
The Yelachenahalli – Anjanapura line will have five stops: Anjanapura Road Cross, Krishnaleela Park (ISKON), Vajarahalli, Talaghattapura and Anjanapura Township. Officials told TOI that a trial run of trains is expected to begin by August 20.
In his speech during the 74th Independence Day celebrations here, Karnataka’s CM BS Yedurappa said, “we will take up Phase II of Bangalore Metro at a cost of Rs 30,695 crore and we hope to complete the project by June 2024.”
Noting that some 110 acres of land that belongs to NGEF near the Byappanahalli Metro station has been identified and “We are designing people-friendly plans here”, He had said. The plan also includes setting up of a foods park.