BYAPPANAHALLI - NAMMA METRO STARTING POINT
As December 2010, the deadline for completion of the Bangalore Metro project (Reach-1) draws nearer, construction of a critical element of the project --the stations-- are progressing briskly.
But once complete, these stations ought to be networked to other modes of transport. For, commuters will expect a seemless, hassles-free and quick transition.
Once complete, a total of 41 stations on a 42.30 km route (Phase 1) of 'Namma Metro' are expected to be hubs of public transport activity. Commuters will definitely look up to these as escape routes from the traffic logjams that reign on the roads today.
The first of the stations, the Byappanahalli Station is being constructed by a consortium of IVRCL-CR18G. Dubbed as the most important of the stations, since it is housed adjacent to the depot, (where the train is parked at nights and serviced), this station is likely to be completed by September 2010, to coincide with the arrival of rolling stock from Rotem, Korea in October of 2010.
The first set of train cars will then operate out of the Baiyappanahalli station. The station will also have in its proximity a satellite bus station of the KSRTC where commuters from inter-State buses can alight and board a Metro to their destination.
Once complete, all Metro stations will have a concourse, platforms, and public amenities such as toilets, ATM's, coffee/ tea kiosks, escalators/elevators for the handicapped and ticketing counters.
However, no station will have commercial activity taking place, so as to prevent a large number of people from gathering and causing disturbance to metro commuters. Travel on the Namma Metro is expected to be hassle free, with the introduction of a automatic fare collection system, through a 'Smart Card' that is expected to be introduced in December 2010.
Discussions are currently on at a preliminary stage between BMRC and the BMTC to also have a common ticketing system from 2011, informed officials.
The Byappanahalli station is expected to cater to residents and office goers of K R Pura, Indiranagar, Jeevanbhima Nagar, HAL 2nd and 3rd stages, Whitefield, Domlur, Maratahalli, HRBR layout and Kalyan Nagar and will be supported by a Satellite Bus Terminus/Intermodal Transit Centre of the KSRTC and BMTC that has been proposed at the site of the old NGEF factory.
Construction of this terminus has also begun and is expected to be completed to coincide with the opening of the Baiyappanahalli station. BMTC buses will serve as feeder services to the Metro, after its commissioning.