BENGALURU: Four apps that help provide last mile connectivity to Metro commuters of Baiyappanahalli and Swami Vivekananada (S V Road) Metro stations were launched by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on a pilot basis at the S V Road Metro station on Saturday. They were developed by three start-ups and a student group. The citizen’s group Citizens For Sustainability (CIFOS) will help in creating an accessibility index for all Metro stations.
In a nutshell, these apps will facilitate commuters getting autorickshaws, cars, renting two-wheelers or finding parking space right from the moment you leave your home, provided you board or alight at these two stations. As many as 80 contestants who took part in a challenge organised by Stations Access and Mobility Programme, an initiative by BMRCL, World Resources Institute and Toyota Mobility Foundation to find last mile connectivity solutions.
Bangalore Political Action Committee is also supporting the venture. Pavan Mulukutla, Head of Transport programme, WRI told Express that the apps had been named after the start-ups temporarily. “In future, they will be integrated with the BMTC and BMRCL apps and made into one single app.” ‘Metro bikes’ will help you rent two-wheelers, ‘Quick Ride’ will help in car pooling, ‘Tap Route’ will enable you to book autorickshaws and ‘Consta Park’ will facilitate finding parking space inside Metro stations and roads in the vicinity. “It is being tried out for three months with TMF funding them.
If successful, the initiative will be extended to all Metro stations,” Mulukutla said. The two stations have also earmarked space in their premises for these vehicles, he added. BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola lauded the efforts of the entrepreneurs in trying to help Metro commuters.