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An Introduction to the Bengaluru Metro
India is fast approaching Urbanisation - with rapid growth in population and in an attempt to decongest crowds, metros in major cities of the country are springing up. With Kolkata and Delhi already experiencing the benefits of rapid transit system, a number of Indian cities including Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai are fast on the track to attain the same. Bengaluru - India’s Silicon Valley stands tall amongst the cities which are brimming with metro work going on in full vigour. Apparently, several MRTS proposals for this IT Capital have been in the pipeline for the past 24 years. Dating back to 2003, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) prepared a detailed project report for the Bengaluru metro rail with the proposal of two double line corridors: East-West (EW) and North-South (NS) with their lengths respectively being 18.10 km and 14.90 km. With a nod of approval from the Karnataka government in 2005 and the Union Government in 2006, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) was founded in 2006 as a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Karnataka for the implementation of Bangalore Metro Rail system. The East-West Corridor starting from Byappanahalli will terminate at the Mysore Road Terminal whereas the North-South Corridor will begin at the Hesarghatta Road Terminal and end at Puttenahalli.