The entire route of the Purple Line from Whitefield to Challaghatta will become operational on September 15, according to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) which operates ‘Namma Metro’ in the city. The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will inspect Baiyappanahalli-KR Puram (2.1km) and Kengeri-Challaghatta (2k) stretches before operations begin, Moneycontrol reported quoting BMRCL MD Anjum Parwaz.
The BMRCL is completing pending works at Benniganahalli station between KR Puram and Baiyappanahalli. According to the report, new metro stations on the Purple Line will become operational after CMRS’s approval.
The metro link between KR Pura and Byyappanahalli is to help hundreds of daily passengers, mostly tech professionals, travel to Mahadevapura, ITPB, and Kadugodi. The line will also enable professionals to shift to the Challaghatta and Kengeri areas with affordable rents.
It takes about 76 minutes for an end-to-end journey on the purple line, costing Rs 60. Currently, the operational length purple line is 39.4 km. Over 6.2 lakh people use the metro regularly. The daily ridership likely reach 7 lakh and above once pending stretches of the purple line become operational.