Metro Reach 3 may take longer


By  Suchith Kidiyoor, Bangalore Mirror Bureau

Passengers dreaming of travelling on Namma Metro between Peenya and Swastik may have to wait longer.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) had announced that it will receive the required licence for commercial operations on the stretch by the end of November. But now, with less than two weeks left for the month to end, it seems that the BMRCL will miss the deadline.

1The Metro Rail managing director, Pradeep Singh Kharola, said, “I do not want to commit to any particular date for the commercial operations of Reach 3 to begin. The process is on to get the clearance from the required authorities.”

The BMRCL has started trial runs on the stretch, but work on the stations on the stretch are yet to be completed. Metro sources said that the Yeshwanthpur station is 95per cent complete, while Mahalaksmi station is 94 per cent done. The work done statuses at other stations on the route are: Soap Factory station (74 per cent), Rajajinagar (97 per cent) and Kuvempu Road and Srirampura stations (81per cent). It may be recalled that due to litigation in the court, the BMRCL could not start station building work at Soap Factory on time. Works are also in progress at Peenya Industrial Area and Peenya village stations. More info