BANGALORE, INDIA (Metro Rail News): With the government lifting several Covid-19 restrictions and offices and opening the educational institution in Bangalore, the BMRCL plans to revert to the pre-pandemic timings of metro services. However, because of the rise in covid-19 cases, the prohibitor orders are lifted by Bangalore police, which is currently in place until 13th September 2021. In the city, night curfew is also in force from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM. In addition, the prohibitor orders currently in place in Bangalore prevent the assembly of four or more persons in public areas, except bus stands, railway stations, metro stations, and airports.
The Corporation will consider reverting to the old timings of Bangalore Metro services only after certain Covid-related restrictions are lifted and after economic activities resume in the city. At present, Bangalore Metro trains operate between 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. However, the BMRCL will wait to see if the demand for Bangalore Metro train services increases and consider revising the train operation timings, said BMRCL Public Relations Officer (PRO) BL Yeshwanth Chavan.
According to the given report, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the Namma Metro witnessed a ridership of nearly five (5) lakh commuters in one day, which has now reduced to 1.75 lakh commuters. However, after the Kengeri-Baiyappanahalli stretch on 30th August 2021, the number of passengers has increased by 5 to 8 per cent. Moreover, on 29th August 2021, Karnataka Shri CM Basavaraj Bommai and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri have inaugurated the newly extended metro section between Mysore Road and Kengeri.