While the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inagurating the Kochi Metro, President Pranab Mukherjee will today inaugurate the first phase of Green Line of "Namma Metro" in Bengaluru.The 10.5-km stretch of the Green Line will connect Nagasandra in the north to Yelachanahalli in the south. The buses are expected to make as many as 3,142 trips on daily basis from next week.
The Green Line's last leg connecting Mantri Square Sampige Road and Yelachenahalli metro stations was inaugurated on Saturday evening.
The 12km-stretch launched on Saturday will not only bring South Bengalureans on board but it will allow commuters on the North-South and East-West corridors to switch lines at the Kempegowda-Majestic Interchange.
"It not only demand investment of huge resources but also demands technical support", he said and added that in next 10 to 15 years more than a dozen of Indian cities will have metro projects. "The credit also goes to the people of the Garden City who have shown discipline and hospitable behaviour".
"We are behind in expanding railway projects unlike other countries".
Describing the metro project as an example of an engineering marvel, Union urban development minister Naidu said that second phase of the metro project in the city should be completed within the time frame. The population of India grew from 350 million to 1300 million since Independence and urban conglomeration gave birth to a new problem of urban mobility.
"'We started with the first metro network in Kolkata in 1984 and then we started in Delhi in the year 2000", he said.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said that drilling tunnels through the hard rock, proximity to the water table and adopting modern technologies were some of the major challenges that the project faced. But I also thank the citizens who have endured the construction. "However, without an integrated last-mile connectivity and feeder system for the Metro, it will not achieve its objective of mass transit".
The 42.3-km-long project, which started in 2008, has been built at a cost of about Rs 13,845 crore, of which Rs 300 crore was raised by floating bonds, which is a first in the Metro history of the country. "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". The funds will be generated by an innovative funding system, with contributions from IT companies located along the line, Naidu said.