East Bengaluru is eagerly awaiting the opening of the significant two-kilometre Baiyappanahalli-KR Puram portion of the purple line, which is expected to improve public transport in Whitefield and nearby areas. The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) team is likely to perform an inspection on this section from September 7, according to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). It won’t be launched until the CMRS inspection is complete.
Speaking to the publication, BMRCL chief Anjum Parvez said, “Currently, the signal testing and other trial runs are going on at the Baiyappanahalli – KR Puram line. All trial runs related works are expected to finish by September 6. The CMRS will inspect the metro line after September 7. After the CMRS approval, we are good to go and the stretch on the purple line will be opened.”
The eagerly anticipated metro line was supposed to open in July or August, but it was put off. The entire purple line covers 43 43-kilometre distance, once the stretch is launched.
The two-kilometre KR Puram-Baiyappanahalli route will link Whitefield to Kengeri, Challaghatta, Majestic, and other areas of Bengaluru. The Whitefield-KR Puram line was started by the previous BJP-led administration, which drew criticism for failing to complete construction on this crucial section. The BMRCL then explained that permission from Indian Railways was required in order to install an open web grinder above Bennganahalli railway station.
The Open Web Grinder (OWG), which was built on top of the Indian Railways track at Bennaganahalli, underwent a load test after the trial runs with six-coach metro trains.