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Entire Purple Line likely to be operational by Tuesday afternoon

The free bus service was the saving grace for many commuters.

The free bus service was the saving grace for many commuters.   | Photo Credit: V Sreenivasa Murthy

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Many commuters learnt about the postponement only after they reached the stations

Services between M.G. Road and Indiranagar metro stations on the Purple Line are likely to be restored on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), on Monday, said regular services will be restored on the entire Purple Line by the afternoon of January 1 ‘in all probability’.

The change in the plan will cause inconvenience to office-goers in the morning peak hours as close to 19,000 people travel in the metro on the Purple Line every hour during peak hours.

Services between the two stations were stopped from 8 p.m on December 28 to rectify a 'honeycomb formation' (concrete distress) in a beam on a pillar near Trinity station. Initially, the BMRCL had set December 31 as the deadline to resume services before the date was pushed back to January 1.

A press release from the BMRCL stated that to inspect the bearing location concrete, the entire super structure had to be lifted. “After inspection, all the concrete areas requiring attention were identified. Bearing locations and jacking locations were strengthened with steel plates as a permanent solution. Other concrete areas were grouted. The effectiveness of the attention given is being verified through non-destructive testing, instrumentation and trials by trains at different speeds,” the release said.

On Monday, Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara visited the maintenance work site and instructed the BMRCL to carry out complete quality audit of the entire Phase I network of 42 km.

Passengers suffer during peak hours

The decision to delay resumption of services will inconvenience thousands of office-goers during the peak hours of Monday. Many passengers learnt about the postponement to January 1 only after they reached the stations, and had to rely on the shuttle bus services to reach Baiyappanahalli.

Arjun Singh, a private company employee, said, "The change in the plan by the BMRCL was unexpected. I boarded the metro assuming that the entire Purple Line is operational. Delay in resumption of services forced people to spend more time in traffic to reach their workplace.”

Smriti Mishra, an IT professional, said, "Repeated change in the stand taken by the BMRCL is not fair. The BMRCL had announced earlier that everything will be back on track on December 31 morning, but that did not happen.”

Vananda, another office-goer, said, “The only good thing about BMRCL is they have provided a free bus shuttle service between Cubbon Park station and Baiyappanahalli. Or else, everyone had to rely on autorickshaws or taxis to reach their workplace."

Senior citizens and families too had a tough time as they were forced to hop on and off the train to reach their destination.

No six-coach trains were operated

On weekdays, the BMRCL generally operates three six-cars trains. However, on Monday, none were operated. A BMRCL official said, “Only three-car trains were operated with a frequency of five minutes. Due to stoppage of services between M.G. Road and Indiranagar, we could run trains with more frequency during peak hours. However, elaborate arrangements have been made for people to travel from Cubbon Park towards Baiyappanahalli.”

(Inputs by Rahna V.N.)

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