BENGALURU: To ensure safety of the public and to decongest the main roads in front of Metro stations, Phase-II of Namma Metro will have service roads connected to the entrances of all its elevated stations.
Phase-II of Metro runs a total length of 72.095 km: 13.79 km is underground, 0.48 km is at grade and 57.825 km is elevated. This phase will have 61 stations and is an extension of the East-West and North-South Corridors of Phase-I.
“The plan to have service roads at both entries of each Metro station has been finalised for all the 49 elevated stations. This will ensure that the main carriageway in front of the Metro station does not get blocked with vehicles halting here,” Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd told Express.
The service road will be located such that vehicles take a left turn from the main road to enter a service lane. “This will ensure 100 per cent passenger safety,” he said. A similar plan is in the offing for the 12 underground stations too.
Since Phase-I covered the heart of the city, vast stretches of spaces were unavailable for such a design. “We had to provide all the facilities for commuters in Phase-I with bits of land we were able to acquire,” he said. BMRCL was able to provide some space near the stations only in a few places like Peenya, Dasarahalli and Jalahalli of Phase-I. “In Phase-II, Metro was able to get lengthy, rectangular stretches of land,” the MD said.
The service roads will be located behind the Metro stations, another official said. “The road will provide easy access to many properties, parts of which were acquired for Metro work. So the station will not block any access to them.”