One of the biggest and fastest transport systems in Asia is the Indian Metro, usually referred to as Metro Rail or simply The Metro. On November 5th, 2002, it was launched in Delhi. Since then, it has grown to include five additional lines there, as well as one in each of Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai.
The BMRCL, or Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, is a joint venture by the Government of India and the Government of Karnataka that facilitates 69.66 km of metro service in total with tracks underground and across the skyline, covering the city within its windows, making it not only a scenic but a safe and comfortable ride. With announcements at every station in both Kannada and English, commuters are guaranteed to have a reliable trip.
The Namma Metro, also known as "Our Metro," started operating in October 2011 and consists of two sets of services: a 13.71-kilometer stretch from Krishnarajapura to Whitefield (Kadugodi) Metro Station and a 25.63-kilometer corridor running from Baiyappanahalli in the east to Kengeri Terminal in the west. The 'Green Line' is the name of the 30.32 km-long, north-south corridor that runs from Nagasandra in the north to Silk Institute in the south. The following two tables denote the history of the two lines.
Bangalore's metro history dates back to 2011 for the Purple Line and 2014 for the Green Line, and ever since then, there has been only expansion of the respective lines. The Green Line serves active stations at 29 stations, and three stations are under construction, whereas the Purple Line serves functional at 35 stations, and two stations are under construction.
According to two articles by News18, by August 2023, the Purple Line's passenger journey times will significantly decrease upon completion of the full east-west link, revolutionizing city mobility. And the Green Line which, according to the stretch between Nagasandra and Madavara, 95% of the construction has been completed after being delayed for five years. This line would become the first Metro in Bangalore that provides a connection between the city’s east and west sides.
Financial Express stated that with the new line, Whitefield to KR Puram (Purple Line), inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the 13.71-km track was built at Rs 4,250 crore, which cuts the travel time by 40% for commuters apart from the regular traffic congestion.
The city's residents would benefit from the metro's whole opening, according to the authorities, as it would lessen traffic congestion, pollution, and accidents and encourage uniform and secure transportation.
When it comes to the future of the city's metro, incorporating sources from my colleague Prithvi Prasad from a 2022 article, "India is all set to increase its metro connectivity; based on the current reports, the new three lines are speculated to open in 2023 (the yellow line), 2025 (the pink line), and 2027 (the blue line), pending other plans. These plans are done to control pollution and traffic in Bengaluru's Urban areas."
The Pink Line, which envisages opening in 2023 with 18 stations converging on Kalena Agrahara station at Bannerghatta Road South and Nagawara Station of the Outer Ring Road North, is expected to be opened. The Yellow Line plans to have 16 stations connecting R.V. Road with Bommasandra, assumed to open in 2025, and the Blue Line with 13 (Phase-2A) + 17 (Phase-2B) = 30 stations covering from the Central Silk Board to the Kempegowda International Airport.
According to Housing, "The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.'s managing director, Anjum Parwez, said that The Bengaluru Metro rail project is on track and will complete 175 km of connectivity in the city by June 2025. Under the metro project’s second and third phases, Bangalore will have 314 km of Metro connectivity by 2041." And with the waiting time reduced by 3 to 3.5 minutes with 36 new train sets in phases, Bangalore aims for a better travel future.
Edited by Whitney Edna Ibe
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