Bengaluru Metro: Hardeep Singh Puri, CM Bommai launch extended stretch on purple line
The much-awaited Nayandahalli to Kengeri's 7.53 km metro route on the purple line was inaugurated today by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai. The normal operation on this stretch will begin from Monday (August 30) onwards.
With the Nayandahalli and Kengeri route of 7.53 km metro route completed and thrown open, now the public can hop on the metro train from Biyappanahalli to Kengeri covering over 18 kms at just Rs 56 from Monday onwards.
The newly opened stretch will help about 75,000 commuters who depend on another mode of transport from this segment.
The elevated section between Nayandhalli to Kengeri will have six stations and will only be operational during peak hours between 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm from Biyappanahalli to Kengeri. The train from Biyappnahalli will only reach till Mysuru Road station. To help commuters during non-peak hours, alternate trains will operate in this stretch from Nayandhalli to Kengeri.
Between this newly opened stretch, Nayandhalli, RR Nagar, Jnanbharathi campus stop, Pattangere, Kengeri Satellite Bus Terminal and Kengeri area station will also have parking facilities for motorists. The BMTC also has provided 35 feeder buses which will operate between these six stations and in every 15 minutes one bus will be available.
How much does this route cost?
The newly opened route that will see the operation from tomorrow was built at a cost of Rs 1,560 crore. With these routes now connected with the metro, passengers can expect to reach Kengeri from Nayandahalli in just 15 minutes.
It is said the inauguration was initially planned for August 20 during Varamahalakshmi day. But Union Urban and Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and CM Bommai had other commitments and could not be available hence the inauguration was planned close to Krishna Janmasthmi.
CM Bommai who addressed reporters after the inauguration of the new metro route said that the current BJP government is contemplating connecting metro, suburban rain and high-speed rail link to Kempegowda International Airport.
The successive government from last 10 years have been planning to cover 33 kms starting from city's commercial capital MG Road to the International Airport in less than 30 minutes, but the project is yet to see the light due to various reasons and land acquisition being the number one factor.
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