After riveting rides on Reach 1, Bangaloreans want more

After riveting rides on Reach 1, Bangaloreans want more

Govindappa, a 32-year-old construction worker, is a regular commuter between Ulsoor and Baiyappanahalli.

Earlier, he used to wait for long hours for a bus or private van to travel between the two places. The Namma Metro Reach 1 service between MG Road and Baiyappanahalli has proved useful for him.

“I use the Metro travel card as it can be recharged whenever I have money. The service has made my journey smooth and I do enjoy the calm ride back home every day,” he said, before stepping out of the train at the Baiyappanahalli station.

It is true that Metro has a long way to go before connecting various corners of the City, but in its very first year of operations, the service has won the appreciation of commuters, starting from dailywage workers like Govindappa to students, professionals and many others who have made the Metro their regular mode of transport.

As Dilip K R, a software employee working with a private firm near M G Road, puts it, the Metro has changed his experience of travelling between his workplace and house in Indiranagar.

“There has been an improvement in my health as I am less exposed to pollution and relieved from bumpy bike rides,” he said.

Even those Bangaloreans who do not reside in areas along the stretch of Reach 1 have made alterations to their commuting pattern to use Metro regularly.

“I work with a bank in Baiyappanahalli and prefer to take the Metro from MG Road. I make use of the BMTC feeder service from Majestic as I am a resident of Srirampura, to reach the MG Road station. The Metro and BMTC day passes help me save money on travelling,” said Kumudvathi K.

However, residents in other parts of Bangalore where Namma Metro corridors are still under construction feel the project is yet to fulfil its purpose and it will happen only when the multi-level station at Majestic becomes operational.

“Only when travelling between different corners of the City becomes smoother will people be able to reap the benefits of the project,” said Dhruva M, a resident of Banashankari.

The Namma Metro has turned into a tourist destination as people from other parts of the State and visitors from neighbouring states love to take joyrides.

“I came to Bangalore for a five-day tour and friends suggested a Metro ride. It is indeed exciting,” said Sharanappa K, a resident of Bagalkot.

According to officials of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, a number of families from different parts of the State drop in at the stations for joyrides in the train on weekends and on holidays.

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