Metro on 2 stretches by April 2015: CM Siddaramaiah

CM said that in the next 300 days, Metro Phase I will be thrown open for public use
Bengaluru: Chief Minister S. Siddaramaiah announced that the Metro service on Peenya-Hesaraghatta cross (Nagasandra) and Magadi Road-Nayandahalli station stretches would be thrown open to the public by April 2015.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting Hesaraghatta cross station, Toll Gate (Vijayanagar), KR Road and Central college station works, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that both these stretches will be completed by December 2014.
The Nayandahalli-Magadi Road stretch is 6.5 kms while the Hesaraghatta cross-Peenya stretch is 3.5 km. After the required safety inspections, commercial operations will start in April 2015.
The CM said that in the next 300 days, Metro Phase I will be thrown open for public use. “Metro Phase I will cover 42 kms. Tunnel work has been delayed by rock. The 18 km-long tunnel will be completed and service will start by September 2015. I have directed the BMRCL officials to complete the work in the stipulated period,” he said.
“If there was no rock, we could have completed the work early. Today BMRCL is completing 1 meter tunnel work per day,” he elaborated. “Metro phase I work will cost Rs 13,500 crores while phase II will cost Rs 26,500 crores. The second phase will be taken up soon. The tendering process has already been initiated," he said.
CM S. Siddaramaiah visited all the 3 metro stations without the help of a lift or elevator. He climbed three stories easily accompanied by his ministerial colleagues Mr. Roshan Baig and Mr. Ramalinga Reddy. At Hesaraghatta metro station he spoke to some laborers about their ‘native place’ and at the toll gate station he approached a crowd which was waving to him. Near Nayandahalli he allighted from his Volvo bus and chatted with locals.
Mr Pradeep Singh Kharola, MD, BMRCL, briefed the CM about the project.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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