'Namma Metro' | Bangalore Metro Train Service Starts Operations Today

'Namma Metro' meaning 'Our Metro' in the native Kannada language of India's Information Technology (IT) super-hub city Bangalore start its operations today, the 20th day of October 2011, in the Byappanahalli to M.G. Road section under Phase-1 of the project.

With this, Bangalore (officially rechristened as Bangaluru now) has become the third Indian city to boast of its own Metro Train service (Tube/ Subway called elsewhere around the globe) after Kolkata (Calcutta) and Delhi.

'Namma Metro' is rightly being pitched as the perfect  'Deepawali Gift' to the Bangaloreans. Its bright colors and tech-savvy outlook will surely appeal to one and all. Looking at the success of Delhi Metro and now Bangalore Metro, other major Indian cities and towns may also see Metro train service becoming a reality sooner or later. Fact of the matter is also that the Metro Rail service is surely going to be one of the best platforms of 'rapid mass transport system'. The sooner the cities and their respective corporations plan for their own metro rail service, the better would be the prospects of their growth and citizen's benefit.

The scheduled dates for completion of the sections under Phase-1 of the Bangalore Metro project being:


Reach Terminals (From - To) Expected Completion Date
Reach-1 (east) Byappanahalli M.G. Road October 2011
(OPENED TODAY)
Reach-2 (west) Mysore Road Magadi Road August 2012
Reach-3 (north) Swastik Yeswanthpur November 2012
Reach-3A (north) Yeswanthpur Peenya Depot December 2012
Reach-3B (north) Peenya Village Station Hessarghatta Cross Station August 2013
Reach-4 (south) K.R. Road R.V. Road December 2013
Reach-4A (south) R.V.Road Puttenahalli August 2013

The underground section (about 8.8 km long) of phase-1 is scheduled to become operational by the end of 2014 with which a total of 42.30 km of metro reach would be accomplished by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRC).   

Phase-2 of the project shall cover a span of 70 km that shall extend all the four Reaches (Reach 1 to 4) of phase-1 besides two independent lines, one of which shall be from Jayanagar to Electronic City and the other from Nagavara to Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B).


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