Bengaluru has finally taken "a small step, but a giant leap" to put an end to its traffic woes.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday inaugurated the underground stretch between Cubbon Park and City Railway Station on Namma Metro’s East-West corridor.

The 18.10 km stretch of the Purple Line from Baiyappanahalli to Mysuru Road via Majestic was thrown open for commuters on Saturday, with the first train leaving at 6 am and the last train scheduled to leave at 10 pm.

Bengaluru underground metro | Source : PTI

Happy with the underground metro's inauguration, this is how Twitterati reacted :

Project delayed by four years

The complete stretch has around 17 stations with 6 underground stations covering a distance of 4.8 km. Underground work on the first phase commenced in May 2011.

The project was already delayed by four years and the initial budget sanctioned for the 42.5 km stretch, including phase-1 and phase-2 was Rs 8,158 crore. But due to obstacles emerging from underground work, an additional cost of nearly Rs 5,000 crore came up, reported Business Standard.

Now with the inauguration of the first phase, BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola was quoted telling CNN-News18, "Our target is to make travel easier. We expect a rider-ship of 50,000 people".

Source : AFP

The underground metro runs through some high-profile areas like the Vidhan Soudha and some major tourist spots of the city.

Source : AFP