Now, Metro ride to sting your pocket

Commuters excited by the opening of the entire Phase 1 of Namma Metro need to take the news with a pinch of salt as the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation has also increased the fare by 10%.

While the fare for first station (Rs 10) has remained same, those who travel to second station have to shell out Rs 15 instead of Rs 13. The journey to the third station will cost Re 1 more than the earlier Rs 14.  The rates reflect the government’s move to not only hike the fare by 10% but also round it off.

Namma Metro rides (Rs 2.5/km) are dearer when compared with Delhi (83 paise/km) and Kolkata (92 paise/km), but cheaper than Mumbai and Chennai metro (both Rs 3.50/km). At the programme held to dedicate Phase 1 for the nation on Saturday, all the dignitaries, including President Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, urged people to use public transport.  However, the fares and the issues with last mile connectivity may as well push commuters to ride their bikes as usual.

One ticket to any corner
Commuters switching lines at Kempegowda Metro Station do not have to buy ticket again as the metro network allows seamless travel. One can buy a ticket from Mysore Road to Nagasandra and switch the train at Kempegowda Interchange.

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