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Namma Metro’s East-West corridor to be inaugurated on Friday

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The East-West corridor of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will be inaugurated on April 29, an official said on Tuesday.

According to Pradeep Singh Kharola, the managing director of BMRCL, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would flag off the train on April 29 at 6 pm from the grand stairs of Vidhana Soudha.

As reported by Zee News, Kharola said that it took four long years for the corporation to build the 5.12 km underground stretch on the East-West corridor of the first underground metro in South India because the builders encountered a very hard rock requiring nearly 10,000 controlled explosions to remove it.

The fare has been fixed at Rs.40 to commute from Baiyappanahalli to Nayandahalli. "It is cheaper than ordinary bus fare. We offer 15 per cent discount for smart card users," Kharola added.

When he was asked about the metro fares being cheaper in Delhi, Kharola said: "Delhi Metro was established 10 years back, we started 10 years afterwards. The prices have gone up and we have to repay the loans."

To get more people use Metro over other modes of public transport, BMRCL has launched Varshik, a smartcard scheme which enables travel only between two stations but comes with 17 to 24 percent discount. Moreover, buying a group ticket will offer 10 percent discount for the Metro service with a frequency of 10 minutes. 

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