Trial Runs Begin on Bangalore Metro’s Anjanapura Extension

Earlier today Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) began trial runs (train testing) on Bangalore Metro’s new 6.29 km Yelachenahalli – Anjanapura section of the Green Line which’ll extend the line southward through 5 new stations on Kanakapura Road.

BMRCL, BEML and Alstom’s engineers manually operated a 6-coach BEML train from Yelachenahalli Station at a speed of 5 kmph and covered the journey in roughly 3 hours. They primarily observed the train’s interaction with the civil structure to ensure there are no physical obstructions along the way. In the coming weeks various subsystems along with the train’s response to being operated at different speeds & braking, and the behavior of the track system and third rail system will be monitored.

This first new elevated section (Reach 4B) of the 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project was built by NCC, with Alstom providing both the power supply (electrification) and signalling solutions.

It includes 5 new elevated stations at Konankunte Cross (formerly Anjanapura Cross Road), Doddakallasandra (erst. Krishna Leela Park / ISKON), Vajrahalli, Thalgattapura, and Anjanapura (formerly Anjanapura Township) –

Route of Yelachenahalli – Anjanapura section of Green Line – view Bangalore Metro map & information

The line’s 750 V DC Third Rail system was powered-up on August 14, and over the past week the track-work contractor, Texmaco Rail & Engineering, welded the joints between the operational and new section’s tracks.

Ready to depart from Yelachenahalli – Photo Copyright: Ksdinesh Naidu
Photo Copyright: Sattineni Srinivas Royalu
Photo Copyright: Syed Asif via ChristinMathewPhilip

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Station architectural finishing work is underway by Godrej Interio – see some images here.

BMRCL and Alstom are aiming to complete testing and certification by October-end so that the line can be opened on November 1 which marks Karnataka Rajyotsava or Kannada Day. That’s an extremely short timeframe and relies on many moving pieces such as the successful completion of testing, Independent Safety Assessor’s sign-off, Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety’s schedule, sign-off and remediation of issues, completion of station finishing works and resumption of metro services.

Whenever this elevated section becomes operational, the existing 24.20 km Green Line, currently connecting Hesaraghatta Cross (Nagasandra) with Yelachenahalli, will become 30.49 km long.

For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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16 Responses to "Trial Runs Begin on Bangalore Metro’s Anjanapura Extension"

  1. Rupraj Sengupta says:

    How many rakes for phase 2 of Bangalore metro has been ordered from beml or some other manufacturer,I am unaware of it.

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  2. Abhi says:

    Dear TMRG, what is your expectation on when the Phase 2 Purple line will be completed? Given the land acquisition issues and the Depot yet to start construction?

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    • TMRG says:

      Sometime in 2023? Work at Tin Factory seems to have just restarted. See: https://twitter.com/WF_Watcher/status/1296770162776059905

      ITD has done phenomenal work wherever they’ve received a clear right of way.

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      • Sunil Patil says:

        With ITD starting work at tin factory, why do we need 3 years for that small stretch?

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        • TMRG says:

          Benniganahalli Station (earlier known as Tin Factory / Jyothipuram Station) is within that section. Civil structure will take anywhere from 1-2 years to get ready. That followed by finishing works and train testing puts the entire line into 2023 territory.

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          • Himanshu says:

            Is it possible to run trains independently on the KR Puram – Whitefield stretch once it is complete and the Whitefield depot construction is done? If yes, do you think it would be too ambitious to hope that it’ll open by the end of next year?

          • TMRG says:

            Yup, too ambitious. Besides the depot (which’ll take over all ops from BYP), they also need to wait for new CRRC trains to arrive. I don’t believe they’ll do a rake transfer via road as a stop-gap solution.

  3. Manikantan says:

    When will this line be extended up to AoL ashram? Why is Ravi Shankar ji silent and not lobbying for extension up to his ashram?

    Have u any inside info. on this please?

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    • TMRG says:

      No insider info on this. It’ll be a while before Phase 3’s routes as finalized. You never know what routes will be added/dropped by that time.

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  4. Jihong Ryu says:

    Comgratulations
    Extentended Opening of
    Greater Bengaluru.
    Appreciating
    Eastern Bengaluru ring expressway completion
    & Airport metro rail link
    within 3years
    of Kanada speed!
    Great take-off of
    Bengaluru magalopolis.

    Reply
  5. Jihong Ryu says:

    Congratulations
    Extentended Opening of
    Greater Bengaluru.
    Appreciating
    Eastern Bengaluru ring expressway completion
    & Airport metro rail link
    within 3years
    of Kanada speed!
    Great take-off of
    Bengaluru magalopolis.

    Reply
  6. VT says:

    @TMRG, Is Reach 4B still on track for 1st Nov? Stations does not seem to be ready yet, particularly Anajanapura Township statiion)

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    • TMRG says:

      It’s going to be extremely tight with so many players. Signalling team is aiming to complete tests by October 15 and after the independent safety assessor’s approval, BMRCL will have to invite the CMRS to inspect the line. That last bit is dependent on personal schedules.

      Reply

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