Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), which is gearing up to open the first stretch of 72-km Phase-II corridor on January 14, estimates the 6-km long Metro line to benefit at least 75,000 commuters on a daily basis. The new corridor built along Kanakapura Road consists of five elevated Metro stations along the Green Line.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs and CM BS Yediyurappa will flag off the inaugural train at 4.30 pm today, from Konanakunte Cross Metro Station. Commercial operations will start from Friday.
Once this section becomes functional, Bengaluru will have a network of 48-km operational Metro lines along two corridors. The Green Line will emerge as the longest stretch of Namma Metro, spreading up to 30.5 km with a total of 29 stations between Nagasandra and Anjanapura.
The five new stations are: Konanakunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajrahalli, Talaghattapura and Silk Institute. The extension of Purple line along Mysuru Road from Nayandahalli to Challaghatta is expected to be the next section to be open in the Phase-II network. Currently, Namma Metro caters to a daily ridership of about 1 lakh.
Abdul Aleem, President of Changemakers of Kanakapura Road, said the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) should introduce feeder routes from all stations to the nearby residential localities. “None of the stations have adequate parking facilities for Metro commuters. We have identified at least seven new routes where the BMTC must introduce frequent services,” he said.