BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Managing Director Rakesh Singh on Saturday inspected the six stations on the Mysuru Road-Kengeri Section of Bangalore Metro which was supposed to be operational by July 20.
According to him, the work at the metro stations was paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic which caused shortage of workers and supply material and at present, finishing works are pending at some stations which will probably get completed by mid July.
BMRCL is making all efforts to start operation of this section in the first week of August and has instructed the contractors to finish all pending works at the metro stations by mid-July. BMRCL has also submitted the required documents to the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety to inspect this section.
This section under Reach 2A/2B (Mysuru Road to Challaghatta) includes a total of 7 elevated stations namely – Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagara, Jnana Bharathi, Pattanagere, Mailasandra, Kengeri Bus Terminal and Challaghatta with total route length of 8.81 km. The last station Challaghatta which lies across NICE Peripheral Road is expected to become operational by March 2022.
The contract for this section of Purple Line western extension is awarded in two parts. Reach 2A section of 3.94 km from Mysuru Road to Pattanagere was awarded to IL&FS Company for four stations at INR 327 crore and Reach 2B from Pattanagere to Challaghatta of 4.86 km to Soma Enterprise at INR 332 crore.
Once operational, this section will reduce the travel journey time between Mysuru Road and Kengeri to 15 minutes and with expected daily ridership of 75,000 passengers on this section.