BENGALURU: Lauding Bengaluru to be the second city after New Delhi to have a full-fledged Metro network, Chief Minister Siddaramiah said that the Bengaluru Metro Rail Project team has placed before the people of Bengaluru a world class Metro rail service.
The city in all the four directions gets interconnected from now. “As the entire North-South corridor from Nagasandra in the North to Yelachenahalli in the South is being made available, large population along the stretch will be benefitted with facilities for interchange at Kempe Gowda towards East or West,” the CM said.
Travel time has been brought down to less than half compared to other modes of transport. “The travel time from end to end on the East-West Corridor is 33 minutes and that on the North-South Corridor is 45 minutes.”
Speaking of Phase-II, he said that when that 72 km stretch gets fully completed, Metro trains will see a ridership of 15 lakh per day and traffic congestion in the city will be reduced.
Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu said with the commissioning of a 13.4 km stretch of Kochi Metro too on Saturday, the country has a total Metro network of 370 kilometres. “Metro work is going on in 517 km and another 522 km were under consideration. So, the country’s Metro network only would touch 1,400km in future,” he added.
Lauding the innovative financing route adopted for the K R Puram-Silk Board 17-km stretch, Naidu said that this would be the first portion in Metro constructed on the Private Partnership model. He called upon IT companies to come forward to fund Metro infrastructure.
Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala said that in future the Centre needs to take on the financial responsibility of Metro projects so that the state government can concentrate on other developmental activities. Metro projects are presently funded by both the state and Centre, he said.
“The Metro phase II is said to cost over `26,000 crore. The Centre must bear the entire cost,” he said. Karnataka could spend the money on creating infrastructure for farmers, education and its health.
Highest fare will be Rs 60
BMRCL finally released the revised fare chart list for the entire Phase-I late on Saturday night. The hikes effected are between 10 and 15pc. As per the chart, the highest fare will be D60 and it will be applicable for the 24.2km North-South Corridor between Nagasandra and Yelachenahalli. Commuting between the extreme ends of the Eastern and Southern Corridor via the Kempe Gowda Interchange station would come to Rs 50.
The highest price of Rs40 so far for travel between Mysore Road and Baiyappanahalli has gone up to D45. “We have rounded off the Rs 44.5 to Rs45 to avoid daily change problems,” a Metro official said. The fares from various points to Majestic Station, Indiranagar, MG Road and Swami Vivekananda Road which have very high footfall compared to other stations have seen a much higher hike.