Soon commuters from Nagasandra in Bengaluru north can zip through to Puttenahalli on the southern end of the city in a matter of mere 45 minutes. If all goes as per plans, the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is confident that the entire Phase I of the metro network will be operational from mid-2017.

 

The BMRCL on Sunday has started its three-month trial run in southern Bengaluru the Reach 4 between Lalbagh to Yelachenahalli.

 

 Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director, BMRCL told the press in a briefing that said that the work was delayed due to some technical problems that BMRCL faced during the construction of Chickpet and Majestic underground inter change work.

 

“Underground work between Sampige Road and National College was tedious. Our engineers struggled hard to bring Metro train to National College station. It was not possible to run the rails in the underground. However we brought the trains to the station using locomotive machines” he added.

 

Trials can now be done only on one set of tracks (towards Yelachenahalli). The traials on the other side of the underground tunnel (between K.R. Market and Kempegowda interchange ) will start only by December 31.

 

During the trial run the train moves at the speed of 33 kms/hr.  Installation of cable, ventilation and signalling works are in progress in Reach 4.

 

Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George said that the Reach 4 will be open for public by the end of March 2017.

 

Metro train between Peenya and Yelachenahalli would reduce the traffic problems to a large extent.

 

Preparations are going on for the second phase of Metro work between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield. Another work of the second phase between Nayandahalli and Kengeri is also in progress and the work will be completed by 2018. Besides, the government has intended to extend Metro service between Silk Board and KR Puram.    

Speaking to the media George said that mobile ATMs will be installed in all Metro stations. And also the government intends to introduce suburban trains to the city. “Centre has agreed to our proposal to introduce suburban trains to the city and we’re going to connect suburban trains directly to the Metro trains” he said.