October 20th, 2011
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Namma metro begins service today

bangalore-metro, Namma Metro Bangalore: India’s Silicon valley will awaken this morning to herald a new era in Bangalore history. Reach 1 of Namma Metro would begin its service today. Though this teaser service between Baiyappanahalli and MG Road would not provide much respite to commuters as it does not achieve the desired effect of decongesting the jam- packed roads, Banglaoreans seem to be excited about the new venture.

The project will be flagged off at 10.30 am by Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath in the presence of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi and Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda. This will be followed by a public function at the Manekshaw Parade Grounds at 11.30 am and the services will finally be thrown open to the public at 4 pm.

The 6.7-km-long Reach-1 with six stations is a part of Namma Metro Phase 1 with a route network of 42.3 km on the East-West (Baiyappanahalli-Mysore Road Terminal) and North-South (Hesaraghatta Cross-Puttenahalli Cross) corridors with 41 stations. Phase 1 also has 8.88-km underground network on these two corridors with eight stations. BMRCL officials claim the execution of civil works was speedy. “We are ahead of even the most advanced countries in completing the civil works,” an official said.

Stating that the DMRCL had taken five-and-a-half years to open its first stretch, the official said the Corporation was opening Reach 1 within four-and-a-half years, despite facing legal hurdles in property acquisition.

Passengers carrying more than 15 kg luggage would not be allowed to travel my metro.  Those who are caught littering the place would have to pay a fine of Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. The metro rail though does not seem to have a kind heart for the ill. Those suffering from any infectious disease are barred from boarding Namma Metro. Diseases listed under Rule 7 include: chicken pox, cerebro-spinal meningitis, cholera, diphtheria, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, typhus fever, typhoid fever, whooping cough and chikungunya.


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