This year, there is a new addition to the travel options for those heading to Brigade Road to usher in the New Year: Namma Metro.

To cater to the needs of New Year revellers, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) has extended the services on December 31 till 2 a.m. (January 1), and people planning to travel from M.G. Road to the eastern part of the city have welcomed the decision.

“Brigade Road will be packed and there will be traffic restrictions. Going home by the metro after welcoming the New Year will be a safe option,” said Bharati Shekar, a resident of CV Raman Nagar.

College students are also happy about the extended operating hours. “This year, I'm going to party hard and the extension of the metro timings is a good development. I board the metro very often as I live near CMH Road. This year, I will catch the train along with my friends instead of hiring a cab after the party,” said Nikita Jain. “It's cheaper than hiring a cab as I live in Byappanahalli and the metro station is close to my home,” said Sameer Shah.

“The deadline has been extended for restaurants and other places of entertainment. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation has also announced night services in the intervening night between December 31 and January 1. That's why we have also extended the timings,” said Yashwant Chavan, public relations officer of the BMRCL.

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