BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): As the eagerly awaited extension of Bengaluru’s Namma Metro Purple Line from Challaghatta to Kadugodi (Whitefield) approaches its full realization, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has reached a crucial milestone. On September 1, the BMRCL successfully completed a five-day load test on the steel girder above the Nice Road segment within the Kengeri-Challaghatta stretch.
During the tests, 2,827 sandbags, each weighing 30 kg, were strategically placed between the tracks and plinth beam. To simulate full passenger capacity, 621 bags were distributed across three train cars in two trains, ensuring the structural stability of the system.
Last month, the BMRCL conducted a similar load test on the Open Web Girder (OWG), which runs above the track of the Indian Railways between Baiyappanahalli and Benniganahalli metro stations.
The completion of load testing is a crucial step in meeting the requirements for the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) certification. Following the load test on the Kengeri-Challaghatta metro stretch, CMRS is expected to inspect both the Baiyappanahalli-Krishnarajapura line and the Kengeri-Challaghatta line by mid-September.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced during his Independence Day speech on August 15 that the eagerly awaited inauguration of Bengaluru’s extended Purple Line, from Challaghatta to Kadugodi (Whitefield), is set to take place in September 2023.
Siddaramaiah noted that currently, Bengaluru’s metro train network covers 69.66 km and serves around 6.1 lakh daily passengers. He further stated that the Baiyappanahalli-Krishnarajapura line and Kengeri-Challaghatta line expansion are expected to be completed by September 2023.
Earlier, the BMRCL had fixed a deadline to finish the works of the 2 km Baiyappanahalli-Krishnarajapura segment by the end of August. According to BMRCL officials, both stretches are expected to be ready for commercial operation by the end of September after the CMRS inspection.