Bengaluru: Namma metro chugs into Kanakapura road | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: In a major relief to thousands of residents in south Bengaluru, Namma metro train services between Yelachenahalli and Silk Institute station rolled out on Thursday.
On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the Green Line extension virtually from New Delhi on Thursday evening. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa flagged off the train at 4.38pm from Konanakunte Cross station.
However, regular commercial services will begin from 7am Friday. The section will have stations at Konankunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajrahalli, Talaghattapura and Silk Institute.
While most stations don’t have parking facilities, BMTC will operate feeder buses. BMRCL has also provided service roads near stations for feeder buses and auto rickshaws.
This is the first corridor which has been opened under Namma metro’s phase 2, sanctioned in 2014. The 6.4km elevated Kanakapura road metro section, an extension of Green Line was supposed to be ready by 2018-end, but it missed several deadlines. In 2016, BMRCL awarded the work to Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) at a cost of Rs 508 crore to be completed in 27 months.
At present, Namma Metro covers 42km, including 18km Purple line and 24km Green line. With Yelachenahalli-Silk Institute, the Green line is 30km and the total length of the network 48km.
Bengaluru has also overtaken Chennai in terms of length of the metro network. While Delhi metro, which started in 2002, now operates a 389-km network, Hyderabad metro operates over 69km and Chennai metro 45km respectively.

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