• The Bangalore Metro project, fondly called ‘Namma Metro’ is arguably one of Bangalore’s most ambitious projects.
  • The responsibility of implementing the Bangalore Metro Rail Project lies with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), which is a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Karnataka.
  • Bangalore Metro not only adds to the beauty of Bangalore skyline, but immensely adds to the comfort level of travel.
  • Besides this, Namma Metro is a major environment friendly addition to the Bangalore City as it significantly contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions.

I have fought long and hard for the development of Namma Metro:

  • I was involved in the first detailed project report submitted on the need for various mass transport systems. One of the cities on that list was Bangalore
  • When I was the Union Minister of Urban Development, a policy called the National Urban Transport Policy was formulated where settlements with more than 10 lakh people in them would have metros
  • I suggested the Nada Prabhu Kempegowda International Airport must be connected from all parts of the city by metro. This is also being implemented
  • My suggestion regarding the Third Rail System- a method of providing electric power to a railway train, was also incorporated in Namma Metro

Project details:

  • The project has an East-West corridor – 18.10 km long, starting from Baiyappanahalli in the East and terminating at Mysore Road terminal in the West and a 24.20 km North-South corridor commencing at Nagasandra in the North and terminating at Puttenahalli in the South.
  • This is the First Metro rail project in India commissioned with 750V DC Third Rail on Standard Guage.