South India‘s first metro rail service was flagged off by Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath on Line 1 of Namma Metro between Mahatma Gandhi Road and Byappanahalli on October 20, 2011.
Bangalore will become the third city after Kolkata and Delhi, to have mass rapid transit system. Namma Metro will reduce the travel time between M.G. Road and Byappanahalli to just 13 minutes. The project is being executed in two phases, with Phase 1 covering 42 km and Phase 2 covering about 70 km. The Phase 1 is further classified into 4 “Reach” and the first Reach was inaugurated on Oct 20, 2011. Namma Metro will operate from 6 am to 9.30 pm with a frequency of a train every 4-6 minutes. The maximum speed at which the Metro trains run, will be 67.5 km/h on straight sections and 40.5 km/h on curves. One Metro train with three coaches can accommodate 1,000 to 1,072 passengers.
Namma Metro (“Our Metro”) also known as Bangalore Metro is a mass-transit rail system for the city of Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The agency responsible for its implementation is the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL).