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Admin June 21, 2016, 11:14 AM Bengaluru’s traffic and Namma Metro
Bengaluru’s traffic and Namma Metro

Several roads have been struggling with choked roads and inadequate transportation facility with dingy traffic. When a city reached a level of 6 million vehicles creating acute traffic congestion, long journey time, slow speed, frustration, and risk to commuters, a Rapid Rail Transit System comes to its rescue. With a total population of 11.5 million, it is not possible to meet the mass transportation requirement by bus transport any further in Bengaluru.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Karnataka has introduced “Namma Metro”, a major environment friendly addition to Bengaluru City as it significantly contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions.

The project was approved by the Union Cabinet on 25 April 2006 and the civil construction on the first section, commenced on 15 April 2007. The development of network was divided into different phases. Phase-I containing 2 lines (purple line and green line) is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, and Phase II by 2022.

Line Opening date Last extension Stations Length(km) Terminals
Purple Line 20 October 2011 30 April 2016 17 18.22 Baiyyappanahalli Mysore Road
Green Line 1 March 2014 August 2016 13 13.30 Sampige Road Nagasandra
Total 30 31.52

Phase-I comprises of two lines spanning a length of 42.30 kilometers, of which 8.82 kilometers is underground and 33.48 kilometers is elevated. There are 40 stations in Phase I, of which 8 stations are underground, 1 at grade and 32 are elevated. The total project cost is expected to be INR 13,845 crore. Currently, a portion of Phase I has been completed and is in operation.

The East-West corridor or Purple Line as it is known in Metro lingo, covers a distance of 18.22 kilometers. Purple line is the first complete corridor cutting across the city and the first complete line to begin operations (commenced commercial run from 30th April 2016). Besides this, it is also the first metro project in south India to have a working underground section. Bengaluru City’s East and West will have a direct link from Nayandahalli (Mysuru Road) to Baiyappanahalli now. It is the key transportation corridor in the city, connecting several tech parks to residential areas.

Stations on Purple Line
  1. Baiyappanahalli
  2. Swami Vivekananda Road
  3. Indiranagar
  4. Halasuru
  5. Trinity
  6. Mahatma Gandhi Road
  7. Cubbon Park
  8. Vidhana Soudha
  9. Sir.M.Visveshwaraya
  10. Kempegowda
  11. City Railway Station
  12. Magadi Road
  13. Hosahalli
  14. Vijayanagar
  15. Attiguppe
  16. Deepanjali Nagar
  17. Mysore Road

Time required to travel from Mysuru Road to Baiyappanahalli by road is about 60 minutes, whereas, time required to travel the same distance in Metro is cut down to 35 minutes at a cost of INR 40 (subject to 15% discount to smart card holders).

With the opening of the underground corridor, the entire stretch has seen a six-fold increase in ridership. The corridor has been setting new records for the Metro with the highest ridership touching 1.29 lakh passengers on May 15th. With this, revenues for the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) have gone up with the average revenue from the Purple line reaching Rs 29 lakh per day from Rs 2.6 lakh before the inauguration of the underground stretch.

With five stations located underground and a route that passes through some of the busiest parts of the city, BMRCL is hoping that the line will be utilized extensively by lawyers, students, visitors to Vidhan Soudha in addition to the regular commuters.

The metro line gave a major push to the realty prospects in several residential markets along the corridor since its inception. With the complete stretch of Purple line opened to public, many employees working in areas like MG Road, Indira Nagar and other commercial areas adjoining the metro roots are now shifting their residences to locations which are cheaper and have been joined by the metro corridor.

Mysuru road is the major beneficiary of metro. A couple of years ago, the residential property market was almost non-existent on Mysuru Road, which has now turned into a bustling residential market. Metro will have a significant impact on property prices, with locations where prices are lower witnessing a 20-25 percent increase.

The middle income segment will benefit most from the Metro due to reduced travel time between developed neighbourhoods, workplaces and emerging locations where prices are lower. They can own a home at more affordable prices of say Rs 50-55 lakhs in locations such as Magadi Road and Mysuru Road which may not have been possible previously due to the distance and time involved.

Thousands of west Bengalureans have benefited from the East-West corridor which links Mysuru Road to Majestic, MG Road, Indiranagar and Baiyappanahalli, all business hubs. Techies and corporates can take feeder buses from Baiyappanahalli to ITPL and other areas of Whitefield.

There has also been a dramatic increase in demand for office space around South Bengaluru in places like Kanakapura Road and JP Nagar. Earlier the influx was around Sarjapur Road and on the Outer Ring Road. This indicates that metro is going to be a major game changer for demand in both official and residential spaces.

Bengaluru namme_metro_routemap updated

North-south corridor also known as the Green Line, covering a total distance of 24.20 kilometers has a few more miles to go. The North leg of the project is open connecting the Sampige Road (Swastik) to Peenya Industry and Nagasandra. Once the green line is completely operational, BMRCL hopes to complete Phase-I by December 2016.

Stations on Green Line
  1. Nagasandra
  2. Dasarahalli
  3. Jalahalli
  4. Peenya Industry
  5. Peenya
  6. Yeshwanthpur Industry
  7. Yeshwanthpur
  8. Sandal Soap Factory
  9. Mahalakshmi
  10. Rajajinagar
  11. Kuvempu Road
  12. Srirampura
  13. Mantri Square Sampige Road
  14. Kempegowda
  15. Chickpete
  16. Krishna Rajendra Market
  17. National College
  18. Lalbagh
  19. South End Circle
  20. Jayanagar
  21. Rashtreeya Vidyalaya Road
  22. Banashankari
  23. Jaya Prakash Nagar
  24. Puttenahalli

By January next year, around 6 lakh people are estimated to begin using Phase 1. The number is expected to increase in the coming months. “By September 2017, we expect to carry 10 lakh passengers.” a senior official with BMRCL said.

Metro is also going to change the skyline of Bengaluru. A floor area ratio (FAR) of four is allowed within a 500-metre radius along the metro corridor which will give a boost to developers. Developers will gain from this rule as they will be able to develop a larger volume on the same plot of land. Those looking at developing properties of 10,000 sq ft and above will benefit from this.

When can you catch your metro?

Reach 1 (Baiyappanahalli to M G Road)

  • Runs from 6 am in the morning to 10 pm in the night
  • Run at a frequency of 15 minutes from 6 am to 8 am in the morning and 8 pm to 10 pm in night and with frequency of 10 minutes from 8 am to 8 pm

Reach 2 (Magadi Road to Mysore Road)

  • Runs from 7 am in the morning to 9pm in the night
  • Run at a frequency of 20 minutes from 7 am to 9 pm*

Reach 3 (Nagasandra to Mantri Square Sampige Road)

  • Runs from 6am in the morning to 10pm in the night
  • The trains will be operating with a frequency of 15 mins between 6 am to 8 am & 8pm to 10pm, between 8 am to 8 pm the frequency will be 10 mins
Metro Travel time
  • Baiyyappanahalli to Mysore Road: 39 min
  • Baiyyappanahalli to MG Road: 12 min
  • Baiyyappanahalli to Majestic: 23 min
  • Indiranagar to Majestic: 19 min
  • Indiaranagar to Cubbon Park: 12 min
  • MG Road to Majestic: 11 min
  • Vidhana Soudha to Majestic: 6 min
  • Vijayanagar to Indiaranagar: 20 min
  • Majestic to Mysore Road: 12 min

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