Bengaluru: Namma Metro’s Sankranti gift brings cheer to Kanakapura Road residents | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Thursday will inaugurate the Kanakapura Road section (Yelachenahalli-Silk Institute station) and commercial operations will commence from Friday.
This is the first corridor which will be 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.
Abdul Aleem, co-founder of Changemakers of Kanakapura Road, a citizen-led volunteer group, said, “After a very long wait, the Metro is coming to Kanakapura Road. It has triggered a lot of developmental activities in the area. We hope the first and last-mile connectivity will be taken care off once the Metro is operational.”
While Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will inaugurate the extension on Green Line virtually from New Delhi, chief minister BS Yediyurappa will flag off the train at 4.30pm from Konanakunte Cross station.
At present, Namma Metro covers 42km, including 18km on Purple Line and 24km on Green Line. With Yelachenahalli-Silk Institute, the Green Line will be 30km and the total length of the network will be 48km. Once operational, Bengaluru will overtake 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.
The section will have stations at Konankunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajrahalli, Talaghattapura and Silk Institute. While most of them don’t have parking facilities, BMTC will operate 20 feeder buses. BMRCL has also provided service roads near stations for feeder buses and auto rickshaws.
Name may confuse passengers
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Many passengers say the renaming of Anjanapura station to Silk Institute may confuse users. The Central Silk Board Junction near Madiwala on Hosur Road is 14km from the Silk Institute station.
BMRCL officials said they have renamed it since the Karnataka State Sericulture Research & Development Institute is located near NICE Road, while the Anjanapura Township is relatively far from the station. However, once the upcoming Central Silk Board station on RV Road – Bommasandra (Yellow Line) is operational, it may create confusion among passengers.



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