Hat tip to @aydiav for bringing this to my attention!
The safety inspection of Bangalore Metro’s primarily underground 4.8 km section between MG Road & Magadi Road will begin from today! 🙂 The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. had yesterday published a press release detailing their operational plans for running restricted metro services today (April 5) and simply attributed it “to facilitate Underground Commissioning works“. However, in an interview to the TOI, K.J. George, Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning, has revealed that it is in fact for the line’s safety inspection to be carried out by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) and will take 3 days to complete.
Besides reducing the frequency along Reach 1 (Baiyappanahalli – MG Road) and Reach 2 (Magadi Road – Mysore Road), the plan involves closing down the MG Road and Magadi Road stations. Both of these lie on either side of the underground section and would be the start & end points of the inspection.
The 5 underground stations on this section include Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, Sir. M Visveshwaraya, Majestic (under construction by Coastal-GYT JV) and Bangalore City railway station.
On March 23, the BMRCL had submitted their application with all necessary paperwork to the CMRS to visit & inspect the underground section. Since then, its otherwise loquacious officials had strangely been tight lipped about the inspection dates and chose not to respond back with details about it.
What’s interesting is that in March-end, the BMRCL had invited tenders for catering services (including 10,000 ladoos!) at the inauguration ceremony and made a special note that the prices have to be “valid for 45 days“. For that to still hold true, this schedule of the inspection fits right into it. After the inspection is complete, the CMRS is expected to submit a report within 7-10 days with its approval and any suggestions on how to safely operate trains.
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