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Miles to go after the rollout

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Our reporters check out how metro compares with other modes of transport

A LONG HAUL: Namma Metro's train is the fastest, but there's the crucial question of connectivity. — File PHOTO: K. Murali Kumar
A LONG HAUL: Namma Metro's train is the fastest, but there's the crucial question of connectivity. — File PHOTO: K. Murali Kumar

Bangaloreans are still on a high on Namma Metro's novelty. The trains are drawing them in their thousands, though most are there just for the joy of riding it.

A week on, The Hindu decided to do a reality check on what Bangaloreans thought about Namma Metro versus other means of transport, both public and private. We rated them on the basis of time taken, comfort level, cost and the first-and-last mile connectivity on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being tops.

Nascent stage

Certainly Namma Metro is at its most nascent stage, a mere 6.7 km between Byappanahalli and M.G. Road. This short distance can be covered in about 20 minutes by a two-wheeler, 30 minutes by an autorickshaw or a car, and about 45 minutes by a BMTC bus. Namma Metro takes just 13 minutes. But, crucially, there is the question of connectivity.

As Mahantesh S., who works for a textile showroom in Majestic and lives in K.R. Puram, pointed out: “There is no point in taking a bus to Byappanahalli, take the metro and then take another bus from M.G. Road to Majestic. I can take the bus all the way for just Rs. 13 instead of paying Rs. 45 for bus-metro-bus.”

Right now, it is a tough call for Namma to persuade people to leave their personal transport and get on the train. But on the positive side, a beginning has been made in that direction to decongest Bangalore's notorious roads. A spokesperson for the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. said many people have already started using Namma Metro on a regular basis and BMRCL has sold about 10,000 travel cards. However, it is yet to analyse how many of the passengers are regulars.

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