India’s President Pranab Mukherjee just inaugurated the final 12 km Sampige Road – Yelachenahalli section of Bangalore Metro’s 24.20 km Green Line. This 6th and final piece of the 42.30 km Phase 1 is a game-changer for the network which till now had 2 fragmented lines running independent operations.
The event at Vidhana Soudha’s grounds barely lasted 40 minutes and ended with a train getting flagged off from Sampige Road towards Yelachenahalli, amidst cheers, to mark the completion of the city’s Phase 1 project a decade after work on its first section commenced in April 2007.
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has not yet updated their online fare chart and it appears that fare prices will go up by 10% to cut operational losses. The BMRCL’s fleet consists of 50 3-coach BEML trains, and after transferring 2 trains over to the Purple Line, it’ll operate 27 on the 24.20 km Green Line and the rest 23 on the 18.10 km Purple Line.
This final section of Phase 1 will open its doors to users on June 18 (Sunday) at 4 pm and add new platforms at Kempegowda Majestic Station and 10 new stations at Chickpet, KR Market, National College, Lalbagh, South End Circle, Jayanagar, RV Road, Banashankari, JP Nagar, Yelachenahalli (erst. Puttenahalli)
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Commercial operations are scheduled to begin on June 18 (Sunday) after 4 pm. Here’s a press release from the BMRCL which lists out the system’s frequency and train operation plan –
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