As posted a couple days ago, the 6.4 km Magadi Road – Mysore Road section of Bangalore Metro’s Purple line is all set to be inaugurated tomorrow (Monday) at 4 pm following which commercial operations begin! Here’s a quick post highlighting everything you need to know about this section.
After the 6.7 km Reach 1 from Baiyappanahalli Depot to MG Road and 12.4 km Reach 3, 3A & 3B from Nagasandra to Sampige Road, the 6.4 km Reach 2 will be the third reach or section to be opened. As you can see below, all 3 reaches will operate as stand-alone lines since the underground sections for both the Purple and Green line’s will take some more time to start.
Here’s a closer look at Reach 2’s alignment:
As you can see above, this section includes stations at Mysore Road, Deepanjali Nagar, Attiguppe, Vijayanagar, Hosahalli and Magadi Road. Since this section does not have a depot, the BMRCL had to rush to complete track-work on the underground section between Cubbon Park & Magadi Road on which proper trial runs have recently begun. Having said that, metro trains in the mornings will make their way to Magadi Road from the Baiyappanahalli Depot (in the eastern part of the city) and head back there for some rest & maintenance in the nights.
Here’s a look at this Reach’s history:
2009 – The line’s viaduct construction contract valued at Rs 195.70 crores was awarded to Simplex Infrastructure for the 5.9 km viaduct. Construction of the Attiguppe, Hosahalli and Vijayanagar stations was awarded to Ahluwalia Contracts while the construction of the Mysore Road, Deepanjalinagar and Magadi Road stations was awarded to Punj Lloyd-Sembawang.
2009 to 2015 – Construction took roughly 5.5 years to be completed on this section. Here’s a look at some of the stations nearing completion in August 2015:
- Mysore Road station
- Magadi Road station
More images of the stations getting cladded can be found here.
March 27 2015 – The BMRCL conducted the first trial run on this section
August 26 – The Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety began a week long inspection of the line.
September 29 – The CMRS gave its written approval to start operations on the line.
November 11 – The BMRCL announced the inauguration will take place on November 16. Karnataka’s Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu will flag off the train at 4pm from the Magadi Road Metro station.
November 15 – The stage is set for tomorrow’s inauguration!
Initially, the metro ride from one end to the other will take 14 minutes with an average speed of ~30 kmph and a maximum speed of 60 kmph. After three months, the BMRCL will will increase the speed to a max of 80 kmph which’ll make the average speed 45 kmph and reduce the travel time to ~12 minutes.
Once this section opens up tomorrow, the Bangalore Metro’s network will expand from 19.1 km to 25.5 km! As a reminder, the entire system’s length in Phase 1 will be 42. 30 km long.
For more updates on the Bangalore metro, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!