President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated much awaited Namma Metro in Bengaluru, more than nearly eleven years after then PM Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the Namma Metro project.
The 42-km Metro network is connecting Mantri Square Sampige Road and Yelachenahalli and is open for the public from Sunday. The Green Line section, marking a 12km-stretch, will not only bring south Bengalureans on board, it will allow commuters on the north-south and eastwest corridors to switch lines at the Kempegowda - Majestic Interchange.
After inaugurated the 42-km long phase I service, President Mukherjee expressed happiness at launch. “I am sure in next 15 years more than a dozen Indian cities will have their metro projects ready,” Mukherjee said.”Urban transportation is posing a serious challenge to India’s development. We started with the first metro network in Kolkata in 1984 and then we started in Delhi in the year 2000,” he said.
He also thanked workers and engineers who toiled to ensure the project “sees the light of the day”.
According to report, the project was originally scheduled to be launched in March 2015 but was delayed by seven years primarily due to two factors -land acquisition that got entangled in litigation and the difficulties of tunnelling through mixed soil conditions.
The cost incurred for the Phase I had escalated from the initial projection of Rs 11,600 crore to Rs 14,200 crore. As per Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited, over five lakh people are expected to use the metro daily after the commercial operations begin.
The report adds that work on the second phase of the metro, comprising 61 stations and spread over 72.10 km, has already begun.