BENGALURU: People travelling between Nayandahalli and Baiyappanahalli for work may no longer have to worry about getting stuck in traffic. With the Purple Line of Namma Metro becoming operational from Friday, 15 trains will be plying to and fro at intervals of 10 minutes.
On Tuesday, Metro officials announced that the line will be officially inaugurated on Friday. With this service, the travel cost for long-distance commuters will also come down considerably.
The fare between Baiyappanahalli and Nayandahalli is Rs 40, which is equal to the BMTC bus fare, BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola said. The fare in Volvo buses is higher. Also, if Metro commuters opt for smart cards, they would get a 15 per cent discount on the fare. Those who travel between two specific stations regularly can subscribe to the Varshik cards, on which there would be discounts ranging from 17 to 24 per cent, further cutting down commute cost.
BMRCL officials also requested commuters to travel light when taking the Metro. Any luggage a commuter carries has to be within 60/60 cm as anything beyond this would not fit in the scanner, Kharola said. “Else, we will have to make commuters open their luggage for a security check which will make it a cumbersome process,” he said.
The underground tunnel is a 4.8-km stretch covering five metro stations between Cubbon Park and City stations. The outer diametre of the underground tunnel is 6.5 metres and the inside diameter is 5.6 metres.
Toilets and Parking
There are two sets of toilets in every station. Space for parking is available at nine stations on the stretch. BMRCL officials said talks are on with private land owners to let out space for parking. Bidding for this will be initiated once enough footfalls are generated at the stations, officials added.
Commuters will have to bear with weak signal strength in the underground stations for now. The BMRCL has called for bids from mobile service providers. It will take a couple of months for the process to be completed, Kharola informed.
In addition, according to Kharola, BMRCL is considering a plan to start work on the Airport line along with the second phase of Metro. It is estimated that the Metro needs five lakh passengers daily to break even against the Rs 14,845 crore loan it has taken for the first phase.