Mukherjee dedicates Bengaluru Metro to nation

Henrietta Strickland
June 19, 2017

Marking the completion of Namma Metro's Phase 1, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated Bengaluru Metro Green Line's last stretch.

To the cheers of hundreds - some of whom jumped on for a joyride - the spanking new Bangalore Metro coaches zoomed out of the swank Sampige Road Mantri Square station on Saturday, arriving at Yelachenahalli metro station stop a mere 25 minutes later.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee dedicating the Metro Phase-I Project to the citizens of Bengaluru, at a function, at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru, Karnataka on June 17, 2017. I am also happy that the Kochi Metro was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the same day.

As many as 15 lakh people are expected to be users of the phase II of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2020.

The project - totalling 42.3 kilometre in length - was started in 2008, and 31 km have been opened in different phases in the past.

He added, "We are behind in expanding railway projects unlike other countries".

When first cleared by the public investment board of the central government in 2005, the cost of phase 1 of the Bengaluru Metro project was estimated to be in the range of Rs 5,747 crore. The population of India grew from 350 million to 1300 million since Independence and urban conglomeration gave birth to a new problem - urban mobility. With completion of Phase two, 72 kms of Metro network will be added to the city and this could cater to 15 lakh commuters daily.

Noting that the first Metro started in 1863 and by early 20th century, a large part of Europe and the Americas had Metro rail networks in their large cities but in India "hesitant primarily because of economic considerations and doubts about cost benefit ratios, we started first Metro network in Kolkata in 1984".

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said rapid economic growth has brought prosperity to the people of Karnataka, but at the same time it has strained civic infrastructure, particularly that of transport sector. "However, without an integrated last-mile connectivity and feeder system for the Metro, it will not achieve its objective of mass transit", the CM said. "The BMRCL team has done an incredible job already but I hope they have learnt from their challenges and mistakes and will put it to use in implementing the second phase of the project".

"Under this system, the industrial houses located on the ORR have come forward to contribute for this project".

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