The extended purple metro line services between the Mysore road and Kengeri stretch in Bengaluru will be inaugurated on August 29 at Nayandahalli Metro station. Commercial operations of the line will start from August 30.
Initially, all Metro trains on the Purple line will run from Mysore Road (Nayandahalli) to Kengeri in the morning and evening peak hours. The trains will operate between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will inaugurate the new line. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited Managing Director Anjum Parwez will also be present during the inauguration.
Parwez said that operating six coaches till Kengeri round the clock is "not" feasible. "We will decide after seeing the response," he added.
With the inauguration of the new stretch, the 55 kms long Namma Metro's network will be the third-longest operational network after New Delhi and Hyderabad.
Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) gave authorisation after inspection of the two extension lines from Nayandahalli Metro station to Kengeri.
The Namma Metro's Purple Line is expected to handle 75,000 footfalls every day. The new elevated line, which runs along Bengaluru-Mysore highway has seven stations.
Meanwhile, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Bus Corporation (BMTC) will provide a feeder bus service to nearby localities from Kengeri Metro station.
The new 7.53 kms long stretch is expected to be covered in 15 minutes. To travel between Byappanahalli and Kengeri Metro stations, the travellers will have to pay Rs 56.
The stretch will connect International Tech Park Bangalore (ITPB) of Whitefield and Kengeri, located in two directions of the city. Furthermore, the new line is also expected to boost the real estate prospects of this region.
With inputs from IANS