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16 Interesting Things To Know About Bengaluru Metro

By: Akshatha Vinayak

Metro Train project is a huge one in Bengaluru city. It is in fact a difficult work because the tracks are built in the already developed city. The inauguration was done by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the construction officially began on 24th June 2006. Today, most of the work in the Phase I has been completed and some lines are already functioning. Have a look at are some interesting things to know about Namma Metro.

Recently the underground corridor of Bengaluru Metro started operating by making it the first underground metro in South India. People are surely excited as the metro will help in curbing city's traffic and air pollution.

Namma Metro

Namma Metro

'Namma' in Kannada means 'our', it is 'Our Metro' that is the hot topic in Bengaluru from some years now. Namma Metro is also called Bangalore Metro!

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A Joint Venture

A Joint Venture

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) is the agency under which metro construction is happening. It is a joint venture of the Government of India and the Karnataka Government.

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South India's First Underground Metro

South India's First Underground Metro

The first part of underground trail of Purple Line began its operations on April 30th, 2016. It is said to be the first underground metro line in South India.

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Purple Line and Green Line

Purple Line and Green Line

Two major connecting lines are named as the Purple Line and the Green Line. The route from East to West Bengaluru is named as the Purple Line. The corridor from North to South is called as the Green Line.

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Phase by Phase

Phase by Phase

Namma Metro is built in terms of phases. Totally there are 3 major phases that connect the network. Now only a portion of Phase I is functional. Phases are further divided into four reaches with 2 underground sections.

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The Completed Purple Line

The Completed Purple Line

The first stretch of 6.7km Purple Line opened on October 20, 2011. The first route was from Baiyyappanahalli to M G Road. Later, the Mysore Road to Magadi Road route began in 2015. Finally, the first underground corridor from Cubbon Park to Bangalore City Railway Station started in2016. Thereby completing the 18.22km stretch of the Purple Line.

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A Part of the Green Line

A Part of the Green Line

The Green Line of Phase I is divided as Reach 3, 3A , 3B, 4 and 4A. The trail from Mantri Square Sampige Road to Nagasandra is functioning now. The Southern Part of the route after Majestic will be completed by December 2016 as per the project deadlines.

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Underground Corridors

Underground Corridors

Bengaluru Metro comprises of 2 underground stretches. Out of which the 4.8km East to West Corridor began recently. The 4km Underground 2 (UG2) in the Green Line from Majestic to K. R. Market is under construction and it is likely to be operational by the end of 2016.

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Phase II

Phase II

Some routes in Phase II will be an extention of the already built trails. The Phase II of Bengaluru Metro totally consists of 72km project with 12 underground tunnels. The construction of Phase II has begun.

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Long Wait For Phase III

Long Wait For Phase III

Phase III is still a long way to reach as of now. The plan of Phase III is to connect Bengaluru International Airport to the Bengaluru City.

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Preference to Standard Gauge

Preference to Standard Gauge

Standard Gauge trains are used in Bengaluru Metro. Standard Gauge trains provide more space for standing inside the train and has less seats.

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Free Wifi

Free Wifi

One doesn't have to bother about mobile networks or internet during the journey in Namma Metro. The BMRCL has implemented Wifi connectivity and mobile connectivity in all the trains including the underground tunnels.

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A Water Harvesting Initiative

A Water Harvesting Initiative

Rain water harvesting system is implemented along the Metro Line. The harvested water is going to be reused to charge ground water and some quantity of water is given for treatment plants. It is a good initiative applied by Namma Metro.


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Tickets for Namma Metro

Tickets for Namma Metro

The Automated Fare Collection System is used in Namma Metro stations. It only takes contactless smart tokens and contactless smart card. Tokens are only used for single journeys where as smart cards are for multiple journeys.

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Speedy Metro

Speedy Metro

The maximum speed of Namma Metro is around 80km/h. However, 65km/h is the fixed speed with which the train runs.

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Facilities For Disabled

Facilities For Disabled

The yellow tiles help the visually challenged people. Ramps and lifts are built for the convenience of the aged people and the disabled.

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These facts about Namma Metro will make you want to take a ride immediately. The first stretch from Byappanahalli to M.G.Road made a good profit in one year and there were around 80 lakh commuters travelled in this line. Metro trains are nothing less than a milestone in the history of Indian Railways.

Whatever it is, Bengaluru Metro is one of the exciting part happening in Karnataka.

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