Bengaluru: Kengeri Metro line launched, 75,000 commuters to benefit | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: After a delay of nearly three years, the 7.5-km south-western extension of Namma Metro’s Purple Line — Mysuru Road to Kengeri — was inaugurated on Sunday. Commercial operations will begin on Monday, and commuters will be able to travel between Byappanahalli and Kengeri for just Rs 56. It’s a 52-minute journey.
Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and chief minister Basavaraj Bommai flagged off a decked-up Metro train’s inaugural run on the new line from Nayandahalli station at 10.30am. The inauguration function, however, was held at Kengeri bus terminal station.
Puri said that Metro services in Bengaluru had one of the best punctuality rates — 99.8 per cent. “With this 7.5-km stretch, we will have 730km of Metro operational in 18 cities. More than 1,050km of Metro rail or RRTS [regional rapid transit system] projects are under construction in various cities,” he said.
Namma Metro has an operational network of 56km with 51 stations. The Kengeri stretch is expected to cater to 75,000 commuters daily, especially those travelling to Bangalore University (Jnanabharathi campus), Global Village IT Park and RV College of Engineering. There are six new stations beyond Mysuru Road station: Nayandanahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Jnanabharathi, Pattanagere, Kengeri bus terminal and Kengeri Metro.
“The fare from Byappanahalli to Kengeri will be Rs 56 and that for Kengeri to Silk Institute, the longest stretch, will be Rs 60,” BMRCL said on Sunday. Travelling from Mysuru Road to Kengeri will take 15 minutes.
With the Kengeri extension, the Purple Line is now 25.6km long with 23 stations. “Further extension from Kengeri to Challaghatta is scheduled for completion by March 2022,” BMRCL said.
Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary, Union housing and urban affairs ministry, celebrated Sunday’s launch and provided an update about the work underway. “Another 117km of Metro network is already under construction in Bengaluru. Full 173km may get operational by 2025, enhancing the ease of living,” he tweeted. “The Centre has sanctioned more than Rs 55,000 crore for four phases of construction of Bengaluru Metro. This will allow for Reach-5 and Reach-6 to be finished by 2025 and see a rise in average daily ridership to 17 lakh.”

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