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Mega Namma Metro launch

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda (centre) and Urban Development Minister S. Suresh Kumar (left) check the arrangements for the October 20 inauguration of Namma Metro in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P  

The State Government as well as Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) are gung ho about the commercial launch of Namma Metro on October 20 on Reach 1 between Byappanahalli and M.G. Road.

They are leaving no stone unturned to make it a jumbo event.

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda — accompanied by Urban Development Minister S. Suresh Kumar, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Commissioner Siddaiah and BMRCL Managing Director N. Sivasailam — on Friday inspected M.G. Road Metro Station from where the dignitaries will board the train to Byappanahalli and back. Thereafter, the launch ceremony will be held on the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Grounds.

Big bash

The BMRCL has set aside Rs. 2.5 crore for the launch, of which Rs. 1.5 crore alone is for the publicity blitz, Mr. Sivasailam said.

The Parade Grounds will seat 15,000 people. A further 5,000 will be accommodated in the shade while another 20,000 will have to brave the sun. LCD screens at the M.G. Road Station will allow the public to witness the ceremony.

BMRCL expects at least 50,000 people to take Namma Metro on the inaugural day itself when the service will be thrown open to the public in the afternoon.

It has sold nearly 10,000 travel cards so far and expects more sales before the launch.

Roads, pavements

During Friday's inspection, the Chief Minister directed the BBMP to ensure upkeep of the pavements and sidewalks leading to Parade Grounds. Mr. Siddaiah said the palike has planned to give roads all along Namma Metro Phase 1 a makeover at a cost of Rs. 50 crore with both the BBMP and BMRCL splitting the cost.

In fact, roads along the entire Namma Metro alignment would be developed on a par with international standards by January. BBMP would hold consultations soon with Brigade Road Shops and Establishments' Association to improve the roads there at a cost of Rs. 3 crore.

6 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

While the BMRCL is still working out the detailed schedule for train operation, it has tentatively decided to commence the operations at 6 a.m. and end by 9.30 p.m. With five train sets at its disposal and one set as standby, BMRCL had been stating that the frequency of operations would be between four to six minutes.

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