Bengaluru Metro’s Phase 1 to roll out to public on Sunday
Bangalore: More than a decade of investments worth Rs 200 crore RS14 and many deferred terms later, operations of the Phase I Bangalore Metro will finally be inaugurated on Saturday and will be open to the public on Sunday.
Phase I operations, which will provide 42.3 km of intra-city connectivity, will be inaugurated by the Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah.
Meanwhile, the state has seen five different leading ministers and two stages of the President’s Rule.
The launch of Metro Namma Metro or comes at a time when the streets of Bangalore still cling to private vehicles, taxis and motorbikes, with unplanned roads in the city’s public mobility systems and rescue costs.
“The government must realize that it is a mobility solution and not an engineering project,” said V.Ravichandar, an urban infrastructure expert and member of the Bangalore Agenda Working Group (BATF).
Other urban experts echo the sentiment because every delay adds to more people and vehicles to Bangalore’s roads.
Ashwin Mahesh, Urban Infrastructure Adviser, said that once completed Bangalore metro, the city’s population would have swollen from 1 to 1.5 million people by disrupting all estimates.
The city has about 65 lakh vehicles shipped about 1,500 new per day, according to data from the State Department of Transportation.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. Ltd (BMRCL) states that the completion of the Phase I-post-see number of bridges swell to approximately 5 lakh per day, from around 2 lakh currently.
At most, it represents approximately 5% of the nearly 10 million Bangalore population.
Phase II, which extends existing lines to 72 km in 2020, will take the total cost of the project to Rs40,000 crore and is expected to meet 15% of the population, according to BMRCL officials.
About 55% of Phase II costs will be financed by state and central governments and the rest of the capital will be generated by indebtedness, which will extend public infrastructure funds to accommodate the metro and its ambitious plans.
Public buses and the suburban rail network are feeling the impact. According to Praga RAAG, a group advocating local problems, the Bangalore population increased by 35% between 1991 and 2001 and around 47% between 2001 and 2011.
Sanjeev Dyamnavar praja RAAG said that although a memorandum of understanding has been signed and Rs345 crore is allocated to the suburban railway connectivity of the state cabinet, nothing seems to move on the ground. The main argument was to review the cost sharing of 80:20 with the state, giving the largest proportion, at 50:50.
He said that some 180 km of existing 400 km routes are used, albeit in potential but with many improvements at a fraction of the cost of the meter, to regulate the entry of vehicles into the city from surrounding areas.
Bangalore has a floating population of about 20 lakh.
Ravichandar said that the metro can not succeed unless other mobility solutions complete the service. “Energy services and last mile services are essential to provide a complete solution for public mobility,” he said.
But Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp. (BMTC) which operates intra-urban buses just over 6,000 buses against estimated demand at around 14,000, which puts the strain on existing assets and pushes people towards private transport and Use aggregators of the application.
In the 2017-18 budget, the Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, announced the purchase of 3,000 new buses (1500 lease) and introduced 150 bus drivers on the roads, but the total allocation for service transportation (including buses and Plans for other transport companies of the state) that is at a discounted price of Rs2,354 for the current year.