Funds will be released for completing work on the Bangalore Metro in the next five years, said M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, he said, “I am happy to note that 42.3 km of the Bangalore Metro is ready, which is 81 per cent progress, and that the project is likely to be completed by March 2015.” In Phase 2 of the project, which was approved in February 2014, 72 km of track will be made operational and work would be completed in five years.
He said, “I am keen that funds should be given to Bangalore Metro. It will be given special attention and it will be completed in five years.”
Further, he said the progress of the Jawaharalal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) in the State is satisfactory but work should accelerate. Under municipal reforms, the State has made good progress and scored 96 per cent but should reach 100 per cent to get additional funds.
Meanwhile, the 50th coach for Bangalore Metro was rolled out on Thursday by Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), a public sector enterprise.
Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director of BMRCL, said that it would be used first for “operational trials”, i.e., it will first be tested and then deployed. It is the last train for the first phase of Bangalore Metro and was given to BMRCL.