Waits are no more, than a few minutes!!!
Bangalore (officially called Bengaluru) is known as the IT capital of India. With the growth of IT-related businesses in the city, the need for infrastructure development also picked the pace. Hence, the construction of metro system in the city was proposed and subsequently, its implementation process took off and thus the waits are no more….!!
The Bangalore Metro, christened as “Namma Metro” began operations in October 2011. Since then it has turned into the lifeline for a large number of commuters in Bangalore. With the increase in the floating population of the city this rapid transit rail system has been a boon for the daily commuters facing hardship due to inadequate public transport.
The new-age air-conditioned metro trains have provided commuters the key to a fast, reliable, safe and comfortable journey. The metro system is designed for a maximum train speed of 80 km/hr but the trains are allowed to commercially run at a speed of 67.50 km/hr. These trains provide commuters the much-desired option to reduce their commuting time by a considerable level.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Karnataka is a Special Purpose Vehicle entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of Bangalore Metro Rail Project. “Namma Metro”, not only adds to the beauty of Bangalore skyline, but immensely adds to the comfort level of travel. Besides this, Namma Metro is a major environment friendly addition to the Bangalore City as it significantly contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions.
The project has an East-West corridor – 18.10 km long, starting from Baiyappanahalli in the East and terminating at Mysore Road terminal in the West and a 24.20 km North-South corridor commencing at Nagasandra in the North and terminating at Puttenahalli in the South. The commercial operations on Reach-1 (MG Road to Baiyappanahalli station) had opened on 20th October 2011 and the operations on Reach-3,3A (Peenya Industry to Mantri Square Sampige Road Station) commenced on 1st March 2014 making it the First Metro rail project in India commissioned with 750V DC Third Rail on Standard Guage.
The main objective behind the introduction of metro rail in Bangalore was to ease the traffic pressure off the roads. The making of metro line was also encouraged, so that travelers start using public transport more and more, instead of using private vehicles. Metro system in the city is considered to be a complementary transit mode rather than a competitive one. In addition to that, metro system in Bangalore was also needed for following reasons:
- To reduce consumption of fuel
- To check pollution
- To bring down accident rates
- To help travellers save their time
The construction work of the corridor from Baiyappanahalli to M G Road started in December 2006. The network link under Phase I was expected to be fully operational by December 2011; however, its operations began from 20 October 2011.
The metro service runs between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The frequency of the metro rails is 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 pm. However, during the peak hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the trains run at a frequency of 10 minutes. Passengers travelling on East-West corridor will have to spend 33 minutes, while it is 28-minute wait time on North-South corridor. The maximum train speed is 80 kmph.
The metro trains in Bangalore pass through various residential and commercial areas to help passengers reach their desired location. Well integrated with other modes of public and private transport, the metro on its East-West corridor links Baiyappanahalli with Mysore Road and on North-South corridor connects Nagasandra to Puttenahalli.
Baiyappanahalli – Swami Vivekananda Road – Indiranagar – Halasuru – Trinity – Mahatma Gandhi Road – Cubbon Park – Vidhana Soudha – Sir M. Visveshwaraya -Kempegowda – City Railway Station – Magadi Road – Hosahalli – Vijayanagar – Attiguppe – Deepanjali Nagar – Mysore Road
Nagasandra – Dasarahalli – Jalahalli – Peenya Industry – Peenya – Yeshwanthpur Industry – Yeshwanthapur – Sandal Soap Factory – Mahalakshmi – Rajajinagar – Kuvempu Road – Srirampura – Mantri Square Sampige Road – Kempegowda – Chickpete – Krishna Rajendra Market – National College – Lalbagh – South End Circle – Jayanagar – Rashtreeya Vidyalaya Road – Banashankari – Jaya Prakash Nagar – Puttenahalli
The Schematic Route Map
Namma Metro is being built in phases. Phase I of Namma Metro covers a total of 42.30 km and will be completed by the end of 2015. Phase II spans a length of 72.1 km. The entire network after completion of phase 2 is as given below.
|Line||First operational||Last extension||Stations||Length
|Purple Line||20 October 2011||36||34.3||Whitefield||Kengeri|
|Green Line||1 March 2014||1 May 2015||32||40.1||BIEC||Anjanapura|
|Line 3||16||18.8||R V Road||Bommasandra|
The Purple Line will connect Baiyappanahalli in the east to Mysore Road in the west, covering a distance of 18.1 kilometres (11.2 mi). It is partly elevated, partly underground and has one station at grade. The inauguration of the first stretch between Baiyappanahalli and M.G. Road was on 20 October 2011.
The Green Line will be the second line of the Metro to be opened and will connect Nagasandra in the north to Putenhalli in the south, covering a distance of 24.2 kilometres (15.0 mi). It is partly elevated, partly underground and has one station at grade. The first stretch to open is the 9.9 km long Reach 3 and Reach 3A. The stretch connects Swastik to Peenya Industrial Area.
All metro trains are Wi-Fi enabled (the first metro in India to have this feature), so passengers can use laptops, tablets as well as mobile internet. The free Wi-Fi service was made available to commuters on 31 July 2013. Passengers also have emergency voice communication with train staff through a speaker system. Passengers are provided with a call button to communicate anything to the driver or control center during an emergency.
The ticket media used in Namma Metro is primarily contactless technology. These are:
- Tokens (for single journey)
- Contactless Smart Cards (for multiple journeys)
Tokens are used as single journey tickets. BMRCL began selling tokens through automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs) on 4 December 2012 at MG Road, Indiranagar and Baiyyappanahalli stations. The service is eventually expanded to all the other metro stations.
- These are captured by gates during exit.
- Suitable for casual travellers
CONTACTLESS SMART CARDS
Namma Metro Travel Cards- Contactless Smart Cards available for Rs 50/-. The travel value is different from the cost of card.
Combo Cards – SBI Debit-cum-Transit card: A single card with a Contactless chip and a Magstripe for ticketing & banking application respectively. Issued by SBI
The metro fares for the current running metro trains are minimum Rs. 10 and maximum Rs. 17. BMRC also offers the facility of the smart cards to the commuters. The travellers can avail discounts on the ticket prices by using their smart cards.
Nammo Metro Smart Card, also known as ICICI Bank Unifare Bangalore Metro Card, was launched by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) along with ICICI Bank, which is one of India’s largest private-sector banks. The smart card has an exclusive feature that provides the commuters with both credit as well as debit privileges. It uses the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and offers duple benefits to the commuters.
The card provides a unique auto-recharge facility, which means that when the balance in your card goes below Rs. 100, then automaticallyRs. 200 will be credited into your card. By using this facility, the commuters need not to have to wait in queues at the vending machines or the ticket counters to get their cards recharged.
Standard Tickets which can be loaded on Smart Cards:
Stored Value Ticket (Varshik)
- These are used for performing multiple journeys.
- The user can load an amount in multiples of Rs50 upto a maximum of Rs1500 into the Card.
- The stored value in the ticket decreases to the extent of journey performed.
- Varshik fare is discounted by 15% of the Token fare.
Trip Ticket (Sanchar)
- It can be used for performing multiple journeys and is specially meant for regular commuters between two fixed stations.
- A Single journey from one station to the destination station is a TRIP.
- A bundle of trips say, 10, 40, 50 or 100 can be loaded into the Card for travel within a fare zone.
- Sanchar fare is discounted upto 10% of the Varshik fare.
- Sanchar ticket can also be loaded along with Varshik ticket and in such cases, fare charged during travel will be the lowest of the two
Metro-Bus Ticket (MBT) Day Pass
- It constitutes two physical tickets – A paper BMTC day pass for Bus journey and a Smart Card for Metro Journey.
- The paper BMTC day pass will be issued by the BMTC bus conductors and Metro ticket offices.
- A Passenger must possess a Smart Card for Travel in a Metro Train. The passenger can use any existing Metro smart card which he possesses or he can purchase a new smart card for this purpose.
- This is valid for travel on the day of purchase.
- Holder of MBT can travel unlimited during the day of purchase in both Metro and BMTC Buses.
- These are of two types of MBT Day Pass- MBT Saral and MBT Saraag.