Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) last week received the final statutory approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) for starting commercial operations on Bangalore Metro’s 13 km Reach 1A & Reach 1B (KR Puram – Whitefield) extension of the Purple Line.
The CMRS had conducted a thorough 3-day final inspection of the line between February 22-24 during which a 7 member team inspected system, civil structures and passenger facilities at 11 stations on Days 1 and 2. Day 3 culminated with a BEML train clocking a maximum speed of 90 kmph during speed trials.
This is the third section of the 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project to receive approval. Its 11 stations are located at KR Puram, Saraswati Nagar, Gurudacharpalya, Hoodi Junction, Sitharama Palya, Kundalahalli, Nallurhalli, Sadarmangla, Pattandur Agrahara, Kadugodi, Channasandra and Whitefield. BMRCL might rename a few prior to the start of operations or during operations.
Like all CMRS approvals across the country, the approval issued is conditional in nature and comes up with a list of 58 conditions BMRCL has to follow or rectify prior to starting operations.
These 58 conditions are minor in nature. A bulk of them, 24, are location specific while 12 are related to passenger amenities such as signages, AFC gates and security gates.
On Page 3 which covers operations, interestingly the CMRS has permitted only one train at a time to operate on the down-line between Garudacharyapalya and KR Puram.
Here’s the authorization letter shared by journalist Christin Mathew Philip on Twitter. The list of 58 conditions begin on the Page 2 from point #3
With this development, the line’s commercial launch now depends on (1) how quickly BMRCL takes corrective action in meeting the CMRS’ requirements & suggestions for safely operating the line, and (2) the availability of local & national ministers wanting to attend the launch event.
BMRCL plans to operate a train every 12 minutes on the route until it’s connected to the rest of the network at Baiyyappanahalli, which should happen this summer. ITD Cementation has just 1 more span left to complete!
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