STILL LONG WAY TO GO
NAMMA METRO WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN ZIPPING THROUGH THE CITY BY APRIL. WHILE WE WAIT, A SNAP REVIEW OF THE PROGRESS
I t’s not just the delay in certification that’s worrying Bangaloreans
Its about Metro’s Reach-1 but also readiness of the stations. Till date, none of the six stations along this track, between Byappanahalli and M G Road, is 100% complete.
It might take at least a couple of months for some stations to be ready. The station on M G Road that leads the track is 90% complete. Those at CMH Road and Ulsoor Road have a long way to go.
TOI did a ground check on the preparedness of the six stations. Entry to these is restricted. The status report is based on the works being carried out in the exteriors.
The exteriors are almost complete but access needs to be cleared. A sneak peek reveals that passenger facilities — elevators, customer care and ticket counters — are ready. Work on the emergency exits is not complete.
Welding works continue amidst the hustle and bustle of traffic. The outer ramps on either side of the station area are getting ready. Road restoration works are incomplete. The main platform area above is complete.
Many works are still in progress. Forget the facilities inside the station, even the access to the main entry is difficult. The station in this congested area still requires a lot of restoration work along the road and footpath.
Work delayed following public objections. Though it has picked up pace now, still far from complete. The main entry remains out of reach due to works in progress. Little is known about the facilities inside.
Exteriors nearing completion. Emergency stairs and roofs for pedestrian skywalk in place. Footpaths on either side of the station restored partially. Welding works in progress. Entry/exit ramp incomplete.
Byappanahalli Rating: Good
Works progressing at a brisk pace in the adjoining depot area. Engineers at the site say most of the passenger facilities are in place at the station. What’s pending is just the finishing touches, they say.