Traffic gridlock in Bangalore is expected to get curbed to some extent as underground section of Bangalore metro rail was inaugurated on Friday, 29th April, 2016. After a long-term speculation over commencement of the underground section of the East-West corridor, Bangalore Metro, also known as Namma Metro, finally celebrated its inaugural function last Friday evening. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Legislative Building, Vidhan Soudha. Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah were present for the function. First commercial run of the metro was held on April 30, Saturday at 06:00 am, when enthusiastic travellers gathered at the stations and clicked selfies with the new colourful trains while taking their first ride.
Out of the 42km stretch, this 5km stretch is an underground corridor, as it passes through important and recognisable parts of the city. Vidhan Soudha, a major landmark, got a station of its own to cater to thousands of people who come there for work. With this new underground corridor, Bangalore’s east and west will now have a direct link from Nayandahalli to Baiyappanahalli. The underground network covers important locations of the city like Cubbon Park, Vidhan Soudha, Sir M Visvesvaraya, Kempe Gowda and City stations. The entire East-West Corridor, named ‘Purple Line’ covers a distance of 18 km with 17 stations. There will be 10-minutes gap between each train. First and last train will run at 6am and 11pm respectively.
Five underground stations on the line promise to give a completely new experience to commuters. They will be able to avail facilities like escalators, air-conditioning, and WiFi soon. The present 45,000 daily metro rider-ship is expected to increase with the launch of this new corridor. Total trip duration will be around 33 minutes. The entire trip is priced at Rs. 40. After missing several deadlines and originally set to go commercial from November 2015, underground corridor of Bangalore Metro finally commenced its operation from April 2016.
During the inauguration ceremony, Karnataka Chief Minister had put pressure on Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. to finish the work of entire phase 1 network of 42 km by November 1, and also to start operations of the same on Karnataka Rajyotsava.
All the best Bengalureans!