|Karnataka . India|
Bangalore (Bengaluru), capital of the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, has a population of 5.7 million in the metropolitan area and about 4.2 million within the city limits.
In 2003, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) commissioned a detailed study for a Metro, to be done along the same technical & financial approach used in Delhi. The study recommended a 2-line metro in the first phase, cross-shaped, 33km long with 32 stations (an east-west line of 18km & a north-south line of 15km) intersecting in the city centre. About 8.9 km of the alignment within the city centre was to be underground and the rest on elevated viaducts. Station spacing was to be 1 km on average.
The initially proposed system was later expanded with three extensions totalling 9.3 km, bringing the total length of the first phase of construction to 42.3 km (with 41 stations) to be concluded in 2015:
Line: 18.1 km (3.4 km underground)
Construction started in spring 2007 on the elevated section from M.G. Road (Mahatma Gandhi Rd) to Baiyappanahalli.
|20-10-2011: M.G. Road - Baiyappanahalli (7.5 km)|
|Phase-2 of Namma Metro's expansion will add 72.1 km of trackage that includes 61 stations (13 km underground, the rest on viaducts). Construction of the second phase is expected to be taken up in 2014 for a 2018 opening. Phase-2 adds two new lines, apart from extensions of the lines built in Phase-1. A northern extension of a new north-south line up to the airport is also under consideration and this would add a further 25 km (i.e. about 97 km, in total). When Phase-2 is completed, the total route length would be about 140 km (including the extension to airport) by 2017.|
Namma Metro - BMRCL (Official Website)
Bangalore Metro / Namma Metro at Wikipedia