The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Thursday, 20th May 2021 confirmed that commercial operations on its Purple Line between Mysore Road and Kengeri will begin next month.
“The Reach-2 Extension Line between Mysore Road and Kengeri of a total length of 7.53 kilometres is scheduled for commercial operation in June 2021. However, there are chances that it may get pushed to the end of June or even to the first few days in July due to the ongoing pandemic situation,” BMRCL MD Rakesh Singh said.
He added that the goal was to get all works completed by June 15 to 20. “However, the situation is not completely in our hands as it may further get delayed if someone associated with the work tests positive for Covid-19. We are now aiming to send an application for CMRS (Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety) approval after June 20,” Singh explained.
As trains start plying on the new stretch, travel time between Mysuru Road and Kengeri is expected to be around 15 minutes. Singh added that this section will have six stations, namely Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Jnanabharathi, Pattanagere, Kengeri Bus Terminal, and Kengeri. BMRCL officials expect the new stretch to have a daily ridership of around 75,000.
After inspecting the ongoing works at the Kengeri metro station, Singh said that the civil and system works were nearing completion at the station building and the viaduct. “While 90 to 95 per cent of the work has been completed in the other five stations, the completion here (Kengeri) is 75 per cent. With weekly progress being reviewed and works expedited, we expect to achieve 90 per cent completion here by the end of this month,” Singh said.
The new stretch, he added, will also be the first in Bengaluru to have AFC (automated fare collection) system compatible with NCMC (National Common Mobility Card) and QR code scanners.
Further, BMRCL officials clarified that a parking facility will be provided at Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, and Jnanabharathi and a two-level parking at Kengeri Bus Terminal, with a bus bay at both sides of the station. All stations except Kengeri Bus Terminal will provide passengers with the facility to cross roads.
“With Kengeri Bus Terminal Station located off the road, a foot overbridge will connect the station to the adjacent BMTC bus depot. The facility for road-crossing there will be provided later,” the official said.
With the new stretch becoming operational, a passenger would have to pay Rs 56 to travel between Baiyappanahalli and Kengeri –– the two stations located at different ends of the Purple Line. However, the longest one could cover by traveling in metro along the new stretch will be between Kengeri and Silk Institute (Green Line) stations. For this, a ticket would cost Rs 60.