Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2017-03-08 21:22 Bengaluru: In good news for commuters, the BMRCL said it would conduct trial runs on the stretch between KR Market and Sampige Road in March-end and the line would be thrown open in the first week of May. The BMRCL also said that work would soon begin on the Phase III of the Metro project. Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director, BMRCL, said underground infrastructural work between the two stations was about to end. He said installation of signals, rails, concrete, installation of cables and others had been completed in just five months. “A private company will test the infrastructure and issue a safety certificate. If there are any faults, it will be rectified by us,” he said. Phase 3 to begin soon Kharola also said that work on the Metro third phase connecting Silk Board junction to KR Puram, Nagawara to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) would begin soon. Rajajinagar to Sampige Road metro line to be shut for a week BMRCL said Metro services between Rajajinagar and Sampige Road would be suspended for a week to connect power lines and other civil works between the two stations. Shankar, Chief Engineer, Signals and Communication, said, "BMTC services will be increased for that particular week on this route,” he said adding that the services would most likely suspended from March 12 to March 21. BMRCL said trial runs between KR Market to Sampige Road would begin in March-end and the line would probably be thrown open for commercial operations in May first week. Speaking to media persons, KJ George, Bengaluru in-charge minister, who inspected the Metro work, said he had asked BMRCL to restore Chikkalalbagh to its original condition after the Metro work. “The BMRCL will be also installing a skywalk from the city railway station to the metro station," he said. He also said that BBMP engineers were working to prevent flooding under the railway bridge near Kino theatre by diverting rainwater to the storm-water drain near Mantri Mall in two months’ time.