The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has said that the Kanakapura Road section is likely to get Metro connectivity on November 1, officially disclosing a specific date for opening the line for the first time.
“The first 6.4 km elevated section of Phase 2 will be commissioned on Rajyotsava Day,” BMRCL MD Ajay Seth said. The earlier deadline of August was delayed due to the exodus of migrant workers after the lockdown was lifted for the first time. In fact, the actual deadline was 2018-end.
BMRCL records show 90% of civil work on Kanakapura Road line, a 6.4 km stretch with stations at Konankunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajrahalli, Talaghattapura and Anjanapura has been completed. Officials said trial run of trains is expected to begin by August 20.
Commercial operations will start after obtaining clearance from the commissioner of Metro rail safety. BMRCL is also planning to power the traction of the third rail in a few days. It has already issued a notice asking people not to come in contact with 33kv cables and the 750 volt DC third rail installed on the viaduct.
“The entire 72 km-long Phase 2 is expected to carry 14 lakh commuters daily after commissioning in stages from November 2020 to June 2024” said Seth.