President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday evening inaugurated the 11.3 kilometre, underground section of the Green Line of Bengaluru’s Namma Metro train service.
Bengaluru Namma Metro, which will provide 42.3 km of intra-city connectivity with 40 stations in two corridors, namely East-West and North-South Corridor for Phase-I. The East-West corridor has 18.1 km and 17 stations and journey will take 53 minutes, while the North-South corridor has 24.2 km and 24 stations and journey will take 45 minutes.
City’s Majestic or Nada Prabhu Kempegowda Station, which is the interchange, is said to be Asia’s biggest station of its kind. The aggregate cost of the first phase of Bangalore Metro Rail Project is Rs 13,845.01 crore and is expected to meet the ridership of five lakh passenger per day in the days to come.
President Mukherjee flagged off the 12.3 kilometre stretch at 7.30 pm, in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. Speaking at the inauguration, President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated and devoted the 42 kilometre long Phase-1 of the Namma Metro to the country and further commended workers and engineers for completing the project in under 10 years.
The commercial operations of long awaited Bengaluru’s Namma Metro will be finally thrown open to the public from Sunday ( 18 June 2017 ).