Operations of the first section of Namma Metro, popularly known as Bangalore Metro, began in October this year. It was inaugurated by Urban Development Minister, Kamal Nath. The Metro has successfully begun carrying passengers on its elevated 6.7km stretch – ‘Reach1’ –from Byappanahalli to Mahatma Gandhi Road (MG Road). It forms the Eastern section of the 18.1km long east-west line and serves six stations. The next stage will be a 4.9km underground section through the city centre from the MG Road to the main station. Four more stations will get added to the Metro in the next stage. Then the line will return to viaduct to serve five intermediate stations for the 6.5km ‘Reach2’. It will terminate at Mysore Road later.
A related development is that Punj Lloyd Limited will be constructing the elevated metro stations at Mysore Road Terminal, Deepanjali Nagar, Magadi Road, Rajajinagar, Kuvempu Nagar and Malleswaram in Bangalore. It has already constructed the MG road and Trinity Circle Namma Metro stations. As good footfalls are expected, the MG Road Metro station is equipped with self-guidance prominent signage at all points.