Metro phase-I to be completed by March 2015: Siddaramaiah

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday told the Assembly that the work on Namma Metro reaches was progressing well.

In a written reply to a question from Congress MLA Appaji Nadagowda, Siddaramaiah  claimed that Reaches 3 and 3-A, a 9.9-km-long stretch according to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and a 10.3-km-long stretch according to the chief minister, will be completed by September.

Reach 3 and 3-A, next in line for commissioning have already faced certain delays. The BMRCL is awaiting certain schedule of dimensions (SOD) clearances from the Railways to begin oscillation trials, in the absence of which commercial operations will not be allowed. “Full-speed trials on the Reaches have already begun,”sources said, adding that the results have been positive.

Siddaramaiah also claimed that commercial operations on Reach 3-B will begin in 2014. He said 83 per cent progress has been made on Reach-2, a 6.4-km-long stretch (Leprosy Hospital to Mysore Road) while it is 92 per cent on 9.9-km Reaches 3 and 3-A (Sampige Road to Peenya).

Similarly, Siddaramaiah claimed that the progress on 2.5-km-long Reach 3-B (Peenya Industry to Nagasandra) is 75 per cent, while the same on Reach 4 between National College to Rashtreeya Vidyalaya Road (4.1-km) is 94 per cent.

“Reaches 4-A, undergound-1 and underground-2, have witnessed a progress of 78 per cent, 34 per cent and 79 per cent, respectively,” Siddaramaiah’s reply claimed, adding that the whole of phase-1 will be complete by March 2015.”

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