Bengalureans will have to continue their wait for reaching various corners of the city with metro. According to reports, the entire action plan of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited reveals some shocking details. The plan shows that the entire Phase 2 stretching across a distance of 128 km will be operational only by 2024. Earlier, the Corporation announced the deadline to be 2020 which means it will take four more years for Namma Metro to be fully operational. The good news is that Phase 1 with 42 km network is already operational.
Bengalureans’ Struggle With Pollution & Traffic Congestion To Continue
Missing deadlines is nothing new with Namma Metro. Phase 1 too earlier missed several deadlines and Phase 2 is following the same fate. More often, the delays are as a result of lack of proper infrastructure and transport operations. It certainly is not good news for Bengaluru citizens who have no other option but to wait for a couple of years for a swifter and cheaper commute. Importantly, they will also have to endure the pollution and massive congestion on city roads for a few more years.
Truth is that everyone knows that the Phase 2 of Namma Metro once becomes fully operational will eradicate the nightmares of traveling within the city the commuters are facing today. It will definitely provide respite to the employees commuting to Whitefield and Electronics City.
Good News: Most Corridors Of Phase 2 To Complete By 2021
The good news is that most of the work of Phase 2 corridors will be completed by 2021. The Kanakapura Road (Yelachena to Anjanapura) and Mysuru Road (Mysuru Road to Kengeri) extension network will start operations by 2020. Similarly, other four lines – Nagasandra to Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Gottigere to Swagath Road Cross, Byappanahalli to Whitefield and RV Road to Bommasandra via Electronics City touch point will most probably start working from 2021.
Some Corridors To Be Completed By 2023
Some of the corridors including Silk Board to KR Puram and KR Puram to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will most probably start its operations by 2023. It should be noted that in December last year BMRCL canceled KR Puram Silk Broad corridor tender after the emergence of cash-strapped IL&FS as the lowest bigger for all of the three packages. The corporation since then has not come out with a new tender.
Work related to Dairy Circle and Nagawara stretch is most likely to complete by 2024. BMRCL has come up with a Phase 3 proposal for a stretch of 83 km. However, the decision will be taken on the proposal only after the presentation of a detailed project report. According to BMRCL officials once Phase 2 work is complete, the city will have a Metro network of 172 km.
Another good news is that the route of Namma Metro to KIA via Nagawara and Hebbal from KR Puram will become fully operational by 2023. It means the Bangalorians will have a direct train to the airport.