With the entry of the metro in our lives, commuting across the city has become a convenient affair for most people, and as a bonus, it allows them to escape traffic jams and save time.
Now, to make things even better, three new coaches for Bengaluru’s Namma Metro are all set to join the existing convoy to cater to the ever-growing influx of passengers in the city whose livelihoods depend on the service.
The date chosen by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) for rolling out these new coaches? February 14, 2018, a.k.a., Valentine’s Day!
According to BMRCL managing director Mahendra Jain, the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) is most likely to hand over the first set of three coaches on February 14, and they would be up for test runs on the same day itself.
“BEML will hand over the first three coaches to BMRCL the same day in the presence of Bengaluru development minister KJ George. We will have to integrate the new coaches into an existing train and conduct test runs. The first six-car train will commence operations after clearance from railway safety authorities. We are expecting these procedures will be completed at the earliest and be ready for commercial operations by March,” he told Times of India.
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Reportedly, Namma Metro’s East-West corridor (Purple Line) is slated to get the first Metro train with six coaches, in which the first compartment will be reserved for women. BMRCL will conduct the trial runs at night, and the trains are expected to hit the tracks in a month’s time.
The authorities plan on putting the six-coach trains to task during peak hours. This should be a welcome move for all the Metro users in the city, whose strength grew to an all-time high of 4.11 lakh recently—this includes 2.37 lakh commuters on the Purple Line and 1.72 lakh commuters on the Green Line.