President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 11.3 km stretch of Green Line of the metro rail from Mantri Square Sampige Road to Yelachenahalli on June 17, 2017. This marks the completion of the entire Phase -1 of the Namma Metro. This line has 10 metro stations with 3 station on Kanakapura Road – Banashankari, Jayaprakash Nagar and Yelachenahalli.

Pic: Rashtrapati Bhavan

At the inauguration, President Mukherjee congratulated the workers who carved “deep into the rocky Deccan Plateau” and made this line possible in Bengaluru. This stretch has 4 km underground and 7.3 km elevated line connecting the north and south Bangalore.

Pic: L K Atheeq , IAS, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Karnataka

Normal train service for passengers start at 5.30 a.m and will be issued 10 minutes before the start of the first train in stations. The service from Yelachenahalli ends at 11 p.m. Normally, the frequency in the stretch between Yelachenahalli and Nagasandra is 6 minutes. During peak hours it will be 4 minutes.

On Kanakapura Road, Jayaprakash Nagar and Yelachenahalli have space for vehicle parking. Sadly, Banashankari which is a hub for city buses does not have space for parking.


A smart card facility is available to the regular commuters. This card can be purchased for a one-time charge of Rs. 50. It has a unique 11 digit number engraved on the rear of the card. The passenger can store any value of money (Maximum Rs.1500) on this ticket. The card is shown at the entry gate of a station to enter, then again at the exit gate to exit. During exit, the fare is deducted from the card. The card can be topped-up / recharged with any value in multiples of Rs. 50. whenever required. The validity of stored value is 1 year from the last top-up done on it, according to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation’s website.

The card is shown at the entry gate of a station to enter, then again at the exit gate to exit. During exit, the fare is deducted from the card. The card can be topped-up / recharged with any value in multiples of Rs. 50. whenever required. The validity of stored value is 1 year from the last top-up done on it, according to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation’s website.

People who already use the Purple line are sure that opening of this stretch to the public will ease a lot of traffic issues on the road.

The number of two-wheelers parked at the Yelachenahalli station indicates the popular usage of the new facility by people residing along Kanakapura Road.

The construction work of the line (Reach 4) beyond Yelachenahalli on Kanakapura Road towards the south is rapidly progressing.

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