Namma Metro!

Delhi Metro as we all know is the second metro to be commissioned.

Then after a series of delays, from one Ugadi to another, “Namma Metro” was finally flagged off in Bengaluru, the third in India fondly called Namma Metro, meaning “Our Metro”.

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The stretch is a short one, just about 4 KM covering 6 stations.

I got the chance to try it out while on a trip to Bangalore about 2 months back, having to catch a train from KR Puram. (A journey I’ll not forget in a jiffy…but that story must wait)

I thought (planned) it would be a great idea to take an auto to MG road, take the metro to the last stop Baiyappanahalli, get out… take a feeder bus to KR Puram station which is just a short distance of 3km.

Man proposes and God disposes!

I reached MG road and the auto fellow stopped about 500metres short of the metro station saying that if goes there he would have to take a “big round” to go to where he wants. I was already fuming, but the prospect of trying out my third metro in India cooled me sufficiently and I picked up my luggage and lugged it to the station.

On reaching , I was promptly asked by the security to open my luggage which I had meticulously packed. There was no X-Ray machine hence this routine. I was ok with this, since security is required. By chance I could open the lock and it was ok with the security people who waved me off without checking. I was happy that my time was saved but I could not digest the laxness in the security.

Buying ticket, a breeze, getting into the platform and then the train, no issues.

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Reserved space.

The train was quite empty. I was surprised. I could not find an assignable cause for this. I could travel in comfort, so I am not cribbing. I think at last my plans are being upheld. I also saw a place reserved for physically disabled people. I do not remember having seen such sign at any other metro.

But no! Come last stop, I alight along with other passengers and go towards the exit. The station as the one in MG road is quite modern , but still being completed at places. I came out to find the feeder services have not commenced. 🙂

I get hold of one of the hordes of auto guys and he flatly refuses to engage the meter and demands Rs 100. Being the Indian I am, I bargain down to Rs 40 for the 3KM distance to the railway station.

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The route.

The metro travel itself was quite comfy but the allied services needs to be upgraded quickly, in order to give a good experience to the commuter.
This happened about 2 months back. I hope by now some more stations have been added to the route.

When you visit Bangalore next, I guess a ride is a must for all travelers All the best Namma Metro!

P.S.- This post is written by V.

9 thoughts on “Namma Metro!

  1. Sounds like a comfy transport… But like you said the feeder services have to work with the metro so it will be more convenient.

  2. @Connie,
    Yeah, without feeder service it’s like rice without side dishes. 😛

    @Kits,
    Wow! Great to see you here after a long time. And I thought you’s stopped reading my blog! 😀

    No more stations? But have they started feeder service at least?

  3. blore auto guys are quite notorious – and tops my hate list. if i were u, i wud walk the 3kms but still not ask for auto 🙁 then again, there is a bus stop, just outside the bayappanahalli station where u can get buses to k r puram, but not sure, if u can volvos from there

    i had managed to get in to the station and train quite early – coz the company i was working for was involved in surveilance and i was part of the project 🙂 took the metro recently and luved it too 🙂 its undoubtedly world class and hopefully it will connect the whole of blore – as per the phase II plans it should.

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