Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the underground corridor of Bangalore Metro Rail on 30 April 2016. Bangalore Metro Rail is also known as Namma Metro.
The newly inaugurated underground section of about 5.12 kilometers long from Cubbon Park to City railway station completes the 18.10 kilometers long east west corridor which is also called Purple Line.
This makes the Namma Metro or Bangalore Metro as the first in South India to have an operational underground section of Metro Rail.
The Purple Line connecting Baiyappanahalli in the east to Mysuru Road in the west will be operational from 6 am every day.
The five underground stations have massive stations, escalators, air-conditioning and other services like Wi-Fi.
Prior to this, a small 6.7 km section was opened in October 2011 and has served only as a sample of the transformation that the metro can bring to urban transport in Bengaluru that is reeling under traffic congestion.
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