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Updated: February 24, 2014 23:43 IST

Peenya-Sampige Road metro line to be thrown open on Saturday

Anil Kumar Sastry
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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to flag off service on Friday

This weekend will be special for the residents of West and North Bangalore when their dream to ride the Namma Metro will become a reality. The 10-km line of Namma Metro Reaches 3 and 3a, between Peenya Industry and Sampige Road Metro Stations, will be thrown open to the people at 6 a.m. on March 1. Minister for Transport and in-charge of Bangalore city R. Ramalinga Reddy told presspersons here on Monday that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will formally launch the services on Friday.

Union Ministers M. Mallikarjun Kharge, M. Veerappa Moily, Oscar Fernandes, K.H. Muniyappa and K. Rahman Khan will take part in it.

While the dignitaries will ride the Namma Metro, after flagging off the services, from Rajajinagar Station till Peenya Industry Station and back to Sampige Road Station, the inaugural function will be held at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. On the occasion, the foundation stone for Namma Metro Phase 2, will also be laid, Mr. Ramalinga Reddy said.

Reach 3b between Peenya Industry and Nagasandra (2.5 km) with three stations will be ready for operation in about four months, the Minister said.

Attractive fares

The maximum fare proposed from end to end is Rs. 23, which is to be approved by the board, said Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola. The minimum fare would, however, be Rs. 10. The maximum fare will still come down if the commuter uses smart cards availing 15 per cent discount (about Rs. 19), which is comparable with fares on ordinary services of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Rs. 16), and cheaper than BMTC’s AC Suvarna (Rs. 25) and Vajra (Rs. 45).

Mr. Ramalinga Reddy said that BMRCL is in dialogue with BMTC for feeder services. At the same time, a dedicated shuttle service will be available between Sampige Road Station and Majestic from the first day of commercial run, he said.

As against the minimum 45 minutes taken to reach Sampige Road by road from Peenya Industry, one can complete the journey in air-conditioned comfort in 18 minutes by metro train, said D.D. Pahuja, Director (Operations and Rolling Stock). Each three-car train can ferry 975 passengers at a time and 12 trains are ready for operation between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., he said.

Sir, I am very happy that Commercial Operations of Metro Train from Peenya-Sampige Road with effect from Friday February 28, 2014. I request the authorities to start the train from 4.30 A.M. instead of 6.00 A.M. and the last frequency let it start at 11.00 p.m. and the last frequency should be 11.00 p.m. from Sampige Road. Since the Train Services at Bangalore City reaches at 10.30 p.m. and coming from Bangalore City Railway Station to Sampige Road will take 20 minutes to reach hence, on behalf of people of Peenya region, I am requesting through this column to BMRCL to accept the suggestion and help us the public and also the public from Middle Class can avoid the auto fare by paying Rs.300-Rs.400 at late night. I hope the authorities will consider my request and help the public especially from Peenya and T.Dasarahalli region.

from:  B.SHEKAR
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 09:43 IST

The ride of 2.5 Kms hurriedly inaugurated for Rs 10 minimum fare will be like a joy ride for a day or two and will go empty till the metro work is completed substantially . Will this trial help the coming up election is doubtful .

from:  balaraman
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 02:30 IST
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