Railways

Bengaluru metro coaches lying unused

BENGALURU

As the city waits for the completion of the first phase of the metro rail project, 34 trains procured six years ago are rusting away at the Byappanahalli depot.

Each metro train comprises a pilot’s cabin and three coaches. The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) procured 50 of these in 2010 for a total ₹1,500 crore. It has deployed 16 trains for commercial operations on three short stretches of the Namma Metro project.

That’s about ₹1,020 crore of investment on the other trains wasting away , a symbol of the delays plaguing Bengaluru’s most ambitious urban transportation project.

BMRCL had purchased the cabins and coaches hoping that the first phase of the project, which began in 2007, would be completed as scheduled in 2012. The deadline has been extended several times since and is now expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Of the 50 trains that BMRCL purchased, 30 were meant for phase 1 of the Namma Metro project: Byappanahalli to Mysuru Road (the east-west corridor) and Nagasandra o Puttenhalli (north-south). The other 20 trains are for the second phase, on which work is yet to begin.

“It may take two more years to use all the purchased trains but there is no saying what their condition will be then,” a senior BMRCL official said.

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