Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) S.K. Mitttal along with his team conducted test ride on Bengaluru Namma Metro stretch between between Cricket Stadium and Magadi Road as aprt of the 33-km Mysuru Road and Byappanahalli route on Tuesday.
The inspection has caused stoppage of Metro operations from MG Road and Magadi Road stations for over two hours during the inspection and it will continue till Thursday, said officials. “We have tried to cause as little inconvenience as we can to the commuters. We have just barred the services for a short time on both the stretches that are open in the East-West corridor,” a Metro official told Deccan Chronicle.
Due to inspections, the frequency of Metro trains from Trinity Circle to Byappanahalli and not from MG Road and also the frequency is after every 25 minutes from 8 am to 10 am. These trains are running on a single track and not on both the tracks.
The longest East-West corridor has five underground stations, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, Sir M Visvesvaraya Museum, Kempegowda Intersection at Majestic and City Railway station. Under Phase 1, it will be operational from Byappanahalli to Mysuru Road, stretching to about 18.5 kilometres.
Last month, Karnataka minister KJ Goerge joined the operations team for a test ride along with mediapersons, who said, “There are not many people using the metro for now, but this will increase in the coming months as more sections are opened."
The Phase 1 of the Metro was supposed to be functional by October but now authorities have postponed the deadline to December 2016 and the budget too increased from the initial Rs.11,800 crore to Rs.13,805 crore.
So far, 5 stretches of Metro are operational, Reach 1 (MG Road to Byappanahalli, 6.7km), Reach 3 (Sampige Road to Yeshwanthpur, 5.1km), Reach 3a (Yeshwanthpur to Peenya Industry, 4.8km), Reach 3b (Peenya Industry to Nagasandra, 2.5 km) and Reach 2(Magadi Road to Mysore Road, 6.4 km).
Once the safety clearance is granted by the Commissioner for Railway Safety, the new corridor connecting Byappanahalli to Mysuru Road, will be thrown open to the public from April 14, said officials.
On future projects connecting the airport and another linking Dairy Circle to K.R. Puram by metro through a public-private partnership model is under consideration, said the minister.
Once the east-west corridor is opened, those in Byappanahalli and Indiranagar can travel to Mysore Road stretching 18.5 KM in less than 40 minutes. In fact, it was supposed to have been opened by March 2016 but is delayed and even other lines will be opened only by the end of this year, according to officials.
BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola said the work on North-South corridor is about four months away while the operation of Northern line, Nagasandra to Kempegowda station will be finalised by June 2016.