Eleven years after then PM Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the Namma Metro project, Bengaluru is set to get a 42 km Metro network. The Green Line section, connecting Mantri Square Sampige Road and Yelachenahalli, will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee today between 6 pm and 7 pm and will be open to the public from Sunday. The section, marking a 12 km-stretch, will not only bring south Bengalureans on board, it will allow commuters on the north-south and east-west corridors to switch lines at the Kempegowda-Majestic Interchange. In all, the Metro is expected to cater to at least five lakh people with the complete roll out of the first phase.
The first phase, which was to be commissioned by December 2010, was delayed by seven years primarily due to two factors -land acquisition that got entangled in litigation and the difficulties of tunnelling through mixed soil conditions.The project also faced opposition in the initial days over axing of trees and razing of heritage and iconic properties. With the resolution of some issues and the passing of time over others, the project has been much awaited to ease the traffic situation in the city.