Date : 13 June, 2017
Namma Metro is going to open the entire North-South line which will make the Phase 1 viable and instil confidence in investors and banks to fund Phase 2.
Briefing the Journalists the Bengaluru Development Minister K J George said
- After inspecting the North-South line’s platforms 3 and 4 at the Kempegowda (Majestic) Metro station, he admitted that the sheer magnitude of work involved in Phase 1 had made him sceptical of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s (BMRCL) ability to meet the deadline. “This is a major project and building a Metro is a continuous process and it will not stop with completion of Phase I,” he said.
- “We are committed to finishing Phase 2 by 2020. We have added the Silk Board-KR Puram line and finalised the route to the airport. More banks and companies are ready to invest in Metro now that they see the project is viable.”
BMRCL Managing Director said
- The corporation was working on the minor suggestions made by the Commissioner of Railway Safety. “We will send the compliance report within two days as the suggested works are minor in nature,” he said.
- George further said,“The frequency was increased from six minutes to four minutes on the East-West line. Similar measures will be taken on the North-South line after looking at the demand. The BMRCL will run more services even after the fixed deadline if there is a rush of passengers.”
- George reiterated that one coach in every train would be reserved for women when six-coach trains are introduced. “There are 50 trains with three cars each. The BEML has bagged the contract for additional 150 cars and is expected start delivering them by November. We will start running six-car trains during peak hours,” he said.