After the formation of cracks on a pillar along the Purple Line of Namma Metro, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has decided to suspend part of the train services from December 28 to 30.
The metro services will be suspended between MG Road and Indiranagar Metro Stations along the Purple Line from 8 pm on December 28 as repair works will be carried out.
According to a press release by BMRCL, the train services between Mysuru Road and MG Road, and Indira Nagar and Byappanahalli sections of the Purple Line will, however, will continue to be operational. The trains will ply at different headways ranging from 6 to 15 minutes. Services will be normal for the rest of the train network along the purple line.
On December 28, the trains leaving on or before 7:30 pm from Mysuru Road will run up to Byappanahalli and trains leaving Byappanahalli on or before 7:45 pm will run up to Mysuru Road. Following this, the trains which depart will be running between Mysuru Road and M G Road and Indiranagar and Byappanahalli stations.
Passengers who want to travel along the Green Line on these days may be inconvenienced as the tokens for stations beyond MG Road will be issued only up to 6.45 pm on December 28.
BMRCL has also organised free feeder bus service between Cubbon Park and Baiyappanahalli Metro Stations between 8 am and 11 pm.
Metro rail service will be restored on December 31 so that late night commuters are not inconvenienced on New Year’s Eve.
On December 9, a BMRCL team inspecting the metro tracks found cracks (honeycomb formation in concrete) near Trinity Metro Station. On December 12 morning, Metro services were delayed for an hour as BMRCL set up iron beams to support the pillar.
The officials found that the slider (ramp on which tracks are laid) was also dislocated. Repair works are currently being carried out but only after 11 pm. BMRCL had earlier stated that the metro services would stop on December 22 and 23. However, the dates have been pushed.