The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) from the Indian Railways’ Southern Circle on Friday completed a 1 day inspection of Bangalore Metro Purple Line’s 2.1 km Kengeri – Challaghatta section.
This elevated section of the 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2 projects‘s Reach 2B was constructed by Soma Enterprise through a contract awarded back in 2016. Challaghatta Station’s construction near Rajarajeshwari Medical College was a late addition to the project’s scope.
The CMRS’ statutory safety inspection involved assessing Challaghatta Station’s passenger amenities & control room facilities, a motor-trolley inspection of the line’s viaduct which includes steel girders over NICE Road, and critical systems (track by Texmaco, signaling & electrification by Alstom) en route.
Unlike other CMRS inspections, I don’t have a detailed schedule this time around. If someone does, then shoot me a message via the Contact page.
I expect the CMRS’ team to submit their approval letter by Monday afternoon.
As I’ve mentioned in the past – approvals from the CMRS are always conditional in nature. 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 commercial opening of this and the 2.2 km Baiyyappanahalli – Benniganahalli – KR Pura section, which underwent inspection on September 21, will then be dictated by the availability of local and national politicians’ calendars.
The exact opening date at this time remains anyone’s guess. Whenever both open, Bangalore Metro’s Purple Line will become 42.17 km long connecting Challaghatta – Whitefield (Kadugodi) and the entire network will become 72.17 km large.
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