Malleshwaram to Peenya Metro line to open
Post date: Feb 25, 2014 11:11:08 AM
Namma Metro Reach 3 and 3a services from Malleshwaram to Peenya in Bengaluru will open for public use from March 1st, 2014. Ramalinga Reddy said: “On 28th February evening at 6 pm, Railway Minister Mallikarjun will inaugurate this line. From 1st March 6 am onwards the service will be open for public.” The good news for the users is the last train will run at 11pm, unlike MG road to Baiyappanahalli stretch that has the last train running at 10 pm.
BMRCL MD Kharola claimed that all the stations were ready for use. The 10-km stretch from Sampige to Peenya Industrial Area is ready to host six-coach trains. The frequency of the train will be maintained at every 10 minutes. This frequency will be increased depending on the number of travelers. The entire stretch that usually takes 45 minutes to cover by road, will be covered in 18 minutes with Metro, with 30-second halt on each station.
Talking about the possible hike in the price that BMRCL has been contemplating for long, Kharola said, “BMTC charges Rs.45 for a 10km stretch. Metro will cost only Rs.23.” Smart card users will enjoy a 17% discount for the same distance, that is Rs. 19.
Metro - what next?
- Peenya to Nagasandra (Reach 3B - 2.5 km) stretch and Byappanahalli to Mysore road stretch will be ready before the end of 2015.
- The tunneling work between North-South line between Sampige Road and National College (Underground - UG1 - 4 km) is expected to be completed by September or October 2014.
- East-West tunnel running between M G Road and Magadi Road (Underground - UG2 - 4.8 km) will be completed in next 40 days.
- The most controversial Jayadeva realignment will start in next 15 days. Kharola said that the drawings are being finalised.