The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s (BMRCL) 128 km-network Phase 2 will only be operational by 2024, the Times of India reports. The report reveals that the earlier deadline was 2020 and was pushed to 2023.
The 42km-long Phase 1 which is in operation had also missed the deadlines several times, and Phase 2 is also following similar trends. However, majority of corridors in Phase 2 are expected to be completed by 2021.
The extension of Kanakapura road (Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura) and Mysuru road (Mysuru Road to Kengeri) is set to function from 2020. By 2021, other four lines- Byappanahalli to Whitefield, Nagasandra to Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Gottigere to Swagath Road Cross and RV Road to Bommasandra via Electronics City touch point are expected to be operational.
The BMRCL, for the underground stretch between Dairy circle and Nagawara, has set a 2024 deadline, with the project in the last leg.
An 83 km-stretch of Phase 3, which may connect Hebbal to JP Nagar, Magadi road Tollgate to Kadabagere, Nagawara to Aerospace Park, Gottigere to Basavapura, Kogilu Cross to Rajanukunte, Bommasandra to Attibele and Iblur to Carmelaram are identified in a feasibility study. However, these areas will be finalised only after the detailed project report is completed.
According to the BMRCL officials, once Phase 2 is completed, the city will consist a 170-km metro network and provide easy connectivity to various tech corridors like Electronic city, Outer Ring road and Whitefield, at the same time reducing traffic.