Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-09-14 17:54 Bengaluru: “Thirty-three kilometres of Metro has been made operational in Phase 1 and more than one lakh people are commuting in Metro,” said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who inspected ongoing Metro works in the city. “A 15-km underground stretch, part of Phase 1, is expected to be completed by January 2017 and will be open for people from April 2017. This will benefit more than five lakh people,” said the CM.Siddaramaiah said Rs13,400 crore had been spent on the Metro so far. “The second phase has started and I have given instructions to officials to finish it before the deadline. Tender will be called for building 16km of Metro between Electronic City and Whitefield,” he said, adding that II phase was expected to cost Rs24,600 cr.“The second phase also includes a metro line between Silk Board to Electronic City,” he added.At present, only the east-west corridor (Byappanahalli-Mysuru Road) is completely operational. On the north-south corridor, a 12.4-km section is operational between Nagasandra and Sampige Road, while a 4-km underground section (Sampige Road-National College,) and a 8-km elevated section (National College-Puttenahalli) is still under construction.