President of India inaugurates Phase–I of Bengaluru Metro project

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SPML Infra and L&T Consortium executed part of Phase 1 of Bengaluru Metro project that was recently inaugurated by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The 42 km first phase having 40 stations, 33 elevated and 7 underground comprises two lines – 18 km East West and 24 km North-South corridors. Over half a million people are expected to use the metro.

Scope of work included electrical and mechanical works including fire hydrant, fire safety systems, UPS & DG sets for seven underground stations and associated tunnel sections for North-South and East-West corridors.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Bengaluru has slowly transformed itself into the Silicon Valley of India. As per global rankings, it has been rated as the most dynamic city of the world ahead even of the Silicon Valley. He said that he was happy to dedicate the Metro Phase -I project to the people of the city and Karnataka State.

The President said that in warming up to and finally adopting Metro as a viable mode of public transport, we in India were late by several decades. The first metropolitan railway started in London in the year 1863. By early 20th century, almost entire Europe, North America and countries in South America had metro rail networks in all their large cities. We started with the First Metro Network in Kolkata in 1984 and then once we started in Delhi in the year 2000, there was no looking back for Metro in India.

He also complimented the team of the Bengaluru Metro Rail Project for their excellent work. He also congratulated the Ministry of Urban Development, the people of Karnataka and the State Government for their efforts and thanked the Government of Japan and the Government of France for their financial assistance for this project.