The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) from the Indian Railways’ Southern Circle today completed inspection on Bangalore Metro Purple Line’s 2.2 km Baiyyappanahalli – Benniganahalli – KR Pura section.
The opening of this elevated section of the Bangalore Metro Phase 2 projects‘s Reach 1A will complete the missing link between the Purple Line’s 2 operational sections: 25.60 km Kengeri – Baiyyappanahalli and 13 km KR Pura – Whitefield (Kadugodi).
The CMRS’ statutory inspection, which was postponed multiple times over the last 2 weeks, involved assessing Benniganahalli Station’s passenger amenities, control room facilities, a motor-trolley inspection of the line’s 65m long open web girder (OWG) and viaduct (by ITD Cementation India) and critical systems (track by Texmaco, signaling & electrification by Alstom) enroute.
Here’s a detailed inspection schedule, originally for September 13, which was followed today:
Approvals from the CMRS are always conditional in nature and I expect the CMRS’ team to submit their report by Friday evening or latest by Monday morning.
We’ll have to wait and see what conditions are laid out for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) to rectify before the start of operations, how quickly remediation work is performed and a compliance report is sent back to the CMRS. The line’s opening then will be dictated by the availability of local and national politicians’ calendars.
Whenever the line opens – which should happen within 2 weeks, Bangalore Metro’s Purple Line will become 40.86 km long connecting Kengeri – Whitefield (Kadugodi) and the entire network will become 70.86 km large.
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