Metro services in Bengaluru will be hit on Saturday (August 3) night and Sunday (August 4) morning between Baiyappanahalli and MG Road stations and vice-versa on the Purple Line due to regular maintenance works.
Chief PRO (public relations officer) Yashwant Chavan of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said, â€śOn August 3, the last through train from Baiyappanahalli to Mysore Road will leave Baiyappanahalli Station at 9.30 pm and the last through train from Mysore Road to Baiyappanahalli will leave Mysore Road Station at 9.00 pm.â€ť
He added, â€śHowever, the train services will continue to be available between MG Road and Mysore Road stations till the end of the closing hours on August 3 and from 7 am to 11 am on August 4.â€ť
Train operations on the Green Line (Nagasandra- Yelachenahalli) and rest of the Purple Line stretch will remain unaffected.
Metro officials said this disruption was necessary as the work involves electrical, civil and mechanical work. â€śSome of the work canâ€™t be done accurately in the night. Thatâ€™s why we need to work with full daylight. This has got nothing to do with the earlier structural damage,â€ť a Metro employee said.
Last such scheduled disruption was in March when trains between National College and Yeshwantpur metro stations were stopped one and half hours earlier than the usual closing time.
Prior to this, train services on the same Purple Line were stopped between MG Road and Indiranagar for three days in December 28, 2018 -January 1, 2019, for repair works on the structure of the Metro bridge.
On December 9, 2018, a team of Metro officials had found a honeycomb formation in a concrete structure near the Trinity Metro Station while inspecting the Metro tracks. The officials found that the slider (ramp on which tracks are laid) was also dislocated.
Currently, Bengaluru has two Metro lines intersecting at Majestic. While the Green Line between Nagasandra-Yelachenahalli spans 24.22 km, the Purple Line between Byappanahalli-Mysuru Road runs for 18.08 km. Over the years, the Metro has seen a growth in ridership with an average of 4 lakh-plus people using it daily.