June 17, 2017
Flag off ceremony by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble President of India (2nd person from left: Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon'ble Minister for Urban Development, Mr. Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Hon'ble Governor of Karnataka , Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble President of India and Mr. Siddaramaiah, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka).
Bengaluru, June 17, 2017: The North-South Corridor (Green Line) of Bangalore Metro (Namma Metro) has been fully inaugurated today. The following dignitaries participated in the inauguration ceremony: Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble President of India, Mr. Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Hon'ble Governor of Karnataka, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon'ble Minister for Urban Development, Mr. Siddaramaiah, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan, Mr. Takayuki Kitagawa, Consulate-General, Consulate-General of Japan in Bengaluru and Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, etc.
With the completion of the remaining stretch from Majestic Station to Yelchelahalli Station, the entire Bangalore Metro Green Line from Nagasandra to Yelchelahalli has become fully operational for the passengers. The stations which have newly come into operation are Majestic, Chickpet, Krishna Rajendra (K.R.) Market, National College, Lalbagh, Southend Circle, Jayanagar, Rashtreeya Vidyalaya (R.V.) Road, Banashankari, Jayaprakash (J.P.) Nagar and Yelchelahalli. The Green Line will now cover remaining distance of 11.3 kms and combined with the existing operational metro line stretch. The Green line will cover a total distance of 24.2 kms from Nagasandra to Yelchelahalli Metro stations.
With the commissioning of Majestic station, the Green line has also interconnected with East-West Corridor (Purple Line) covering a total distance of 18.1 kms, thus completing the entire Phase I of the Project of 42.3 kms throughout the Bengaluru city.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema SAKAMOTO, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "The completion of entire Phase I of the Project will boost the mobility in Bengaluru. It will cater to the dense population in Bengaluru, to move with ease towards their destinations. It will also contribute to environment improvement through mitigating traffic congestion and emission of pollutants via promotion of modal shift from private transportation to mass rapid transit. JICA looks forward to the Namma Metro growing into punctual, safe, clean and comfortable travel mode with high reliability of metro services in Bengaluru, thus inspiring social innovation for the people's lifestyle in Bengaluru."
JICA has provided huge and concessional ODA loan of JPY 65 billion (approximately INR 4,000 crore) for the development of Namma Metro. In addition, Japanese technologies have been introduced to achieve the quality infrastructure. For instance, On Site Visualization (OSV) was developed by Kobe University, Japan which prevents construction accident risks by LED signal predicting hazardous situation. Another example is the technology to monitor construction dust using mobile phone camera, which was developed by Yamaguchi University, Japan and contributes to protecting worker's health. Mitsubishi Electric India, a Japanese manufacturer, also contributed to the Project with provision of its quality Propulsion System of rolling stocks.
JICA has been promoting the development of quality infrastructure which facilitates sustained growth, and also working for two countries' robust bond.
The transport sector has witnessed a paradigm shift in India, and the JICA has acted as a key player in assisting metro projects in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad in addition to Bengaluru.
Overall, JICA has extended concessional ODA loans of JPY 1 trillion (approximately INR 6,000 crores) for development of metro systems in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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