Two months after the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) approved the 6.4 km section between Mysore Road & Magadi Road also known as “Reach 2”, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corp Ltd is all set to open the line to the public and start commercial operations on November 16 at 4pm! Its details were announced by Vasanth Rao, BMRCL’s General Manager for Finance who has recently been quite active on Twitter:
Mamma Metro Reach 2 from Mysore Rd to Magadi Rd inaugural scheduled-16th Nov 2015 4pm
— Vasanth Rao (@uavasanthrao) November 12, 2015
Confirmation from BMRCL’s website:
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka along with the Hon’ble Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India, will Flag off the Inaugural Train at 4.00 PM from Magadi Road Station and the Public Function will be held at Mysore Road at 4.30 PM on 16th November, 2015 in Bengaluru.
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. Here’s a closer look at its alignment:
As you can see above, this section includes stations at Mysore Road, Deepanjali Nagar, Attiguppe, Vijayanagar, Hosahalli and Magadi Road. Just to recap, trial runs began on March 27 of this year and the CMRS conducted a thorough week long inspection of the line from August 26. 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.
Once this section opens up, 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.
If you’d like to take a quick glimpse of the stations on this section, then checkout: [Pics] Bangalore’s Mysore Road & Magadi Road Stations Get Cladded.
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