Those awaiting for completion of Phase I of the metro network would be a tad disappointed as the State government on Wednesday pushed the deadline from November 1 this year to April 2017.
Two crucial stretches of the 42.3-km network of Phase 1 — Majestic-Kanakapura Road and Majestic-Sampige Road, which will connect to the existing operational line from Sampige Road to Nagasandra — are yet to be completed.
“Owing to difficulty in drilling the tunnel, there would be a delay in commencing operations by at least five months. All civil and electrical works of the first phase of Namma Metro will completed by January 2017 and commercial operations will begin in April 2017,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told presspersons after chairing a meeting of city legislators and Bangalore Metro Corporation Ltd.
About 33 km of the 42.3-km network has been completed. There is a problem on a 15-metre underground stretch connecting Majestic, which has delayed work, he added.
“Currently, an average 1.80 lakh passengers have been utilising metro rail services daily while about five lakh passengers would utilise the services after completion of the first phase,” the Chief Minister said.