While the Reach 3 of the Metro is nearing completion, the officials of the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) are looking at providing facilities for pedestrians around 500-750 metre radius along each metro station in this network.
Meanwhile, testing on powering and braking systems have been conducted for Reach 3.
The areas identified include Jalahalli, Peenya, Yeshwantpur, Sandal Soap Factory, Mahalakshmi Layout, Rajajinagar, Kuvempu Road and Srirampura.
Tenders for the area around Banashankari Metro Station and Jayanagar Station (near Nanda theatre) have been invited.
The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) has already invited tenders to design the pedestrian facilities along these areas.
“The plan is to look at the catchment area around the metro station and figure out how pedestrians will access the stations here and provide facilities for the same,” said V Manjula, Commissioner, DULT.
She said consultants, who will be awarded the tenders are expected to look at the areas along Reach 3, study the traffic, and also design a conceptual plan to improve pedestrian facilities along the area keeping in mind the predicted change in the area in the coming years after the metro is commissioned along the line.
Meanwhile, a similar effort was carried out at the Indiranagar Metro Station by Embarq India (a non-profit initiative of the World Resources Institute providing solutions to urban problems, including transport).
It looked at the character of the area, shops, plots, residential areas, commercial areas and also identified areas that were likely to change because of the Metro.
“With this effort the last mile connectivity to and from the metro station will be improved,” said the Commissioner.
According to her, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited looks at providing facilities along a 100 metre area around the Metro stations.
But this initiative will improve the pedestrian facilities along a 750 metre radius along the Metro stations with special attention to the core 150m radius from the stations.
“Once the studies are completed the BBMP will set to improve the infrastructure here to provide pedestrian facilities,” she added.