Metro to run on East-West corridor by April

Metro to run on East-West corridor by April

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-03-16 13:05 Bengaluru: Come April first week, commercial operations on East-West corridor – 18-km stretch – connecting Byappanahalli to Nayandahalli on Mysuru terminal will be launched as the work on Kempegowda interchange station at Majestic is expected to be ready in just 10 days. The majestic station can accommodate 2,000 commuters at a time.The underground tunnel work from Chinnaswamy stadium to Magadi Road (5 km) has been completed. Of the five underground stations on the stretch, Kempegwoda station will be completed in ten days, said Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George. He was interacting with mediapersons after inspecting Metro tunnel work on Tuesday.A safety clearance team is expected to certify the stretch on March 25 and operations will begin soon, thereafter, he said.The minister further said that the work on North-South corridor from Peenya to Majestic is in process. However, the tunnelling work on Chikpet-Kempegowda station is in slow pace due to hard rocks. This stretch is expected to begin its operations by July.Second phase of Metro work with the estimated cost of Rs 26,000 crore has been taken up and already the civil work on Nayandanahalli to Kengeri is under way, the minister said.A public-private-participation mode has been suggested to expedite work on dairy circle to KR Puram stretch. Discussions are being held to provide Metro connectivity to airport. Besides, there are plans to provide sub-urban rail service to Mandya, Whitefield and Tumakuru, said George.Work on North-South corridor is expected to complete in 3 months. The tunnel boring machine Godavari stationed at Sampige stretch now is expected to reach Majestic by April 20. With this, Peenya-Nagasandra stretch will be ready for operation.Pradeep Singh Kharola, MD, BMRCL was present. BMRCL inspection