Urban Railways

Bangalore Metro Aims to Commission 2 Stretches of Phase II by Year End

Two of the six stretches, of 72 km Bangalore Metro Phase II project, are slated to be operational this year. While the 6.5-km Metro extension on Kanakapura road up to Anjanapura Township is expected to be opened for public by August 15, another 8-km line is expected by November 1.

“We are confident to throw open two Metro lines this year. The Metro line on Kanakapura Road will be opened on Independence Day and the Mysore road Metro stretch will be ready on Rajyotsava day,” Ajay Seth, BMRCL Managing Director said.

BMRCL officials have also confirmed that the two deadlines are achievable, provided the trial runs start three to four to 4 months before the launch date. Currently, the tracks are already laid on the 6.5-km stretch from Yelachenahalli Metro station to Anjanapura Township Metro station.

“The materials for installing the third rail have already arrived. The track work will begin in a day or two. Except Anjanapura station, the remaining four stations are in the final stages of completion. We will be able to start trial runs by the end of March,” a senior BMRCL official said.

The completion of a small stretch leading to the depot from Anjanapura Township, however, will be delayed as BMRCL is yet to take the possession of a lane from the custody of NICE and the forest department.

Similarly, the officials plan to open only the stretch between Nayandahalli and Kengeri on November 1. The remaining portion upto Challaghatta depot has been delayed due to land acquisition issues.

The other four lines of Phase II are unlikely to be ready this year. While the target for the completion of the 15-km line between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield has been set for sometime in 2021, the 21-km RV Road – Bommasandra stretch might take another two years from now.

The Metro extension on Tumkur Road till Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) and the Gottigere – Nagawara stretch are unlikely to be ready any time before 2023.