Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Positive About Namma Metro Phase III; 3 MEMU Trains on Baiyappanahalli & Whitefield to Ease Traffic Woes
There is good news for Bengaluru as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has stated that the Phase III preparations for the Metro project are going on at a brisk pace. The government aims at providing 250 kms of Metro lines in the coming five years. The Phase III of the project is said to be of 92 kms. Work on Phase II will likely be completed within 2020. The first part of Phase II that runs from Silk Board junction to KR Puram has reached the tendering stage. The second part from Nagawara to Kempegowda International Airport has already received in-principle clearance. The 42 kms Phase I was recently inaugurated.
“The city needs world class infrastructure to match its status as a knowledge and an innovation hub. In the last four years, we have made consistent efforts to build infrastructure of the city and I am glad to say that the results are showing (sic),” Siddaramaiah recently told Deccan Herald.
Meanwhile, the Railways is working hard to get in place suburban service on the route between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield from Aug. 18. Reach 1 of the Phase 2 Namma Metro project witnesses heavy traffic. While road widening work is in full force, it has affected traffic in several stretches that has resulted in multiple bottlenecks. The suburban rail service has been proposed by both the Whitefield Area Commerce and Industries Association (WACIA) and Member of Parliament P C Mohan.
As a result of the Metro construction work, traffic on Hope Farm, Hoodi Junction and KR Puram has increased manifold. Commuting has become a major challenge over the next few weeks. On train, commuting between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield is just a 15 minute affair. However, it takes at least an hour on road. Hoodi and KR Puram are the two main stations on this stretch. It has been decided that from Aug. 18 three MEMU trains will be running on this route. The timetable will be published soon. This will allow thousands of commuters to reach their workplaces on time.