The Karnataka government has decided to extend the Bengaluru Metro rail network to 300 km from 119 km at a whopping cost of Rs. 30,695 crore. An official said, “the state government has decided to extend the metro rail network to 300 km by adding 181 km in the third phase to reach satellites towns by 2025.”
- The 43-km metro network in its phase-1 is being expanded by another 76 km in phase-2 at a cost of Rs. 26,405 crore to provide efficient and punctual service to more commuters across the bustling city from 2021.
- The official said, “As the BMRTCL (Bengaluru Metro Rail Transport Corporation Limited) is a Centre-State funded project, we are approaching the Central government for its equity share and approvals to fast-track its third phase.”
- In phase-3, the metro rail service will be extended to Hoskote on the city’s eastern outskirts from K.R. Puram, up to Electronics City in the southern suburb from Silk Board under construction in phase-2, Ramangaram from Kengeri in south-west, and Nelamengala from Nayandanahalli in the north-west and to Devanahalli from M.G. Road station in the northern suburb, connecting the city with the airport, about 40 km away.
- The official said, “An extended metro service and a 162-km suburban rail service will not only ease pressure on roads, highways and flyovers, but also minimise migration of people from towns and villages around the city to reduce pressure on the civic amenities.”
- The metro services on the east-west and north-south routes ferry about 4-5 lakh citizens on the 43-km route, easing pressure on the state-run bus service plying across the city.
- To promote public transport and discourage use of cars and two-wheelers for commuting across the city, the state government has decided to hire about 6,000 buses to be operated by the state-run BMTC.
- The official added, “Bengaluru Mobility Management Authority will soon be set up to jointly regulate and maintain traffic of buses, metro and suburban rail services across the city.”