Bengaluru: After missing several deadlines, the Yelachenahalli-Silk Institute line of Metro Phase-2 will be thrown open for operations on January 14, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced on Wednesday.

Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will inaugurate the extension on Green Line virtually in the presence of chief minister BS Yediyurappa. The 6.29-km elevated line will have Five stations – Konanakunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajrahalli, Thalaghattapura and Silk Institute.

The inauguration will be at 4.30 pm on January 14. “After the successful launch of the train service to the Airport, here is one more step towards easing commute in Bengaluru. Namma Metro's 6 km Yelachenahalli to Silk Institute stretch of the Green Line will be flagged off on January 14,” Yediyurappa tweeted.

Chief PRO of BMRCL Yashvanth Chavan said that Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (independent charge), Housing And Urban Affairs, will virtually inaugurate the metro line from Delhi. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will also take part in the event by flagging off a train. “Usually, when inauguration is scheduled in the evening, the commercial operations start from the next morning,” Chavan said.

The metro line will help residents located on either side of Kanakpura Road to reach Majestic, Yeshwanthpur, Vijayanagar, M.G. Road, Baiyappanahalli and other points in the city.

This is the first corridor which will be opened under Namma Metro’s Phase 2, which was sanctioned in 2014. Passengers can travel between Silk Institute and Yelachenahalli in 10 minutes at Rs 20.

In 2016, BMRCL had awarded the work to Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) at a cost of Rs 508 crore.

It was to be completed in 27 months. It missed the August 15, 2020 and November 1, 2020 deadlines due to shortage of workers because of the pandemic.