BENGALURU: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) will commence the trial run of its services in the 4.8-km underground section between the cricket stadium and Magadi Road in the last week of this month.
This has revived the hopes of services on the 18-km east-west corridor to begin after three months of trial run. The underground section covers six stations.
“Laying of tracks and other civil work are complete. The trail will begin by the end of this month.Three months after, the commissioner for metro rail safety will inspect the lines,” BMRCL General Manager (Finance) UA Vasanth Rao said.
The completion of the east-west corridor -from corridor – from Byappanahalli to Mysuru Road -was delayed because of complex tunnelling work in underground sections. Authorities hope that they will be able to begin commercial operations on the purple line (Byappanahalli-Mysuru Road) by February. Presently, the 6.7-km stretch from Byappanahalli to MG Road along the purple line is operational.
The five underground stations in the east-west corridor, built at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore, will have cooling towers, chilling plants and tunnel ventilation to allow movement of fresh air inside. “Crucial work such as third rail system, power transmission cable and signalling are on in full swing,” Rao said.
Metro authorities are confident that the trials will be a smooth affair. The underground section was last used in March this year to take a few coaches to the Magadi Road station for trial run from that point to Mysuru Road. “Back then, only one line, from MG Road to Magadi Road, was open. Now, both lines, including the return line, are ready for trials,” an official said.
Construction of underground sections started October 2011 and it took four years to reach completion due to what authorities have repeatedly cited as “Bengaluru’s rocky terrain that is unlike any other Indian city.”
Meanwhile, the 6.4-km Magadi Road to Mysuru Road line (Reach-2) with six stations will be thrown open for public use in a week, Rao said.