Namma Metro – The Latest & Most Welcome Addition To Bangalore Mass-Transit
NAMMA METRO is the Kannada name (Our Metro) for the latest introduced Bangalore Metro, the mass-transit railway system for Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, India. The new metro rail system for Bangalore is looked after by BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited), a conjoined venture between the Karnataka Government and the Central Government. The 1st stretch of NAMMA METRO was inaugurated in 2011, 20th October from Baiyappanahalli to M.G. Road.
The Bangalore Metro has been implemented with the idea to ensure a comfortable travel for the city people as well as to beautify the city skyline. It will be a major eco-friendly addition for Bangaloresince the metro rail system can highly assist in the depletion of the carbon emissions in the city. The NAMMA METRO has been received with an overwhelming response from the Karnataka capital and within its initial 12 days, the Bangalore Metro managed to earn a cumulative revenue of 1 crore INR.
It’s the 1st Indian Metro rail venture commissioned with the 750V DC 3rd Rail on the Standard Gauge. The NAMMA METRO has been engineered with the capacity of around 40,000 Peak Hour Peak Direction Trips (PHPDT) and number of travelers expected to take the metro daily is estimated to be 12 lakhs for 2013 and nearly 19 lakhs for 2021.
The NAMMA METRO has been designed with 2 corridors—East to West & North to South. The East to West corridor is called Purple Line and is 18.10 km long commencing from Baiyappanahalli (East) to Mysore Road (West). The North to South corridor is called Green Line which is 24.20 km long, commencing from Nagasandra (North) to Puttenahalli (South). The 2 corridors would intersect at the Kempegowda station that’s a 2 level interchanging station. NAMMA METRO would be covering 42 stations all total.
The Bangalore Metro runs for 16 hours—6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Metro rails run at the intervals of fifteen minutes fromsix-eight a.m.and8-10 p.m.as well as with an interval of ten minutes fromeight a.m.-eight p.m.
The Bangalore Metro introduces tickets based on contactless technology. They are tokens (given for the single journey), Smart Cards (given for the multiple journeys). There would be an electronic chip inside the Smart Cards and Tokens that would contain the ticket info. The token fares would be like Rs.8.50, Rs.10.20, Rs.11.90, Rs.12.75, Rs.14.00 and Rs.15.00. Passengers here also have the option for Group Tickets.