In a significant development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized the transformative impact of the newly inaugurated Metro Rail services in Bengaluru. The two stretches, connecting Baiyappanahalli to Krishnarajapura and Kengeri to Challaghatta, both integral segments of the Bengaluru Metro Purple Line, promise to enhance connectivity and serve the commuting needs of countless individuals.
During a virtual dedication ceremony, Prime Minister Modi praised the unveiling of these Metro lines, highlighting their role in improving transportation in the city. He noted that these new additions are expected to cater to a staggering eight lakh daily passengers, symbolizing a remarkable milestone in Karnataka’s transportation infrastructure. The Prime Minister extended his heartfelt congratulations to the people of Karnataka for this significant achievement.
Remarkably, these Metro stretches began operations on October 9, and while they forewent a formal inauguration, they have already become a vital part of “Namma Metro.” With the inclusion of these lines, the total operational length of the Bengaluru Metro network now stands at 74 km, boasting 66 stations and an impressive daily ridership of over 7.5 lakh commuters. This development solidifies the Bengaluru Metro’s position as the second-largest Metro network in India.
The newly introduced east-west corridor, known as the Purple Line, stretches from Whitefield (Kadugodi) to Challaghatta, now covering a total distance of 43.49 km and serving 37 stations. The expansion of Metro services doesn’t end here, as the Prime Minister hinted at the possibility of launching a Metro Rail project in Mysuru, further exemplifying the commitment to improved transportation infrastructure in the region.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also expressed his enthusiasm for the state’s growing Metro Rail network. He revealed that the state government has approved a comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) aiming to establish a 317 km long Metro Rail network by 2031. Of this, an impressive 217 km of routes are in various stages of operation, construction, or planning.
Siddaramaiah acknowledged the pressing need for Metro Rail expansion in Bengaluru, a city grappling with rapid growth and traffic congestion. The Phase-2 of the Bangalore Metro Rail project, spanning 75.06 km and estimated at ₹30,695 crore, has already seen significant progress. A total of 32 km has been completed and made operational, including the two sections officially opened by the Prime Minister.
The chief minister also revealed that extensions of Metro services from Nagasandra to Madawara in the northern direction and from RV Road to Bommasandra in the south are nearing completion. These extensions, expected to be unveiled by April 2024, will further enhance the reach of the Metro network.
Moreover, a new 21.26 km Metro line from Kalena Agrahara to Nagawara is projected to be completed by March 2025, promising to extend the total Metro network to 117 km, benefiting approximately 12 lakh people. The Karnataka government has already allocated ₹11,583.08 crore for the Metro project to facilitate its continued growth.
Siddaramaiah shared the exciting news about the development of the ORR-Airport Metro Rail Line (2A and 2B), spanning 58 km and connecting Central Silk Board junction through Hebbal junction. With an estimated cost of ₹14,788.10 crore, a substantial portion has already been allocated for this project, which is anticipated to be operational by 2026. Upon its completion, the Metro Rail network will cover 176 km, facilitating the daily commute of approximately 20 lakh individuals.
With increasing demand and the city’s growth, the Karnataka government has submitted the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the third phase of the Bengaluru Metro Rail project, covering a length of 45 km and an estimated cost of ₹15,611 crore, for approval by the Centre. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah requested the Prime Minister’s swift approval of this vital project. Additionally, he mentioned the preparation of the Sarjapur to Hebbal (37 km) Metro Rail project as part of Phase-3, showcasing the state’s commitment to enhancing transportation infrastructure in Bengaluru.