BANGALORE, INDIA (Metro Rail News): From the 6.7-km network on October 20, 2011, to the current 56.09-km, South India’s first Metro service has come a long way from its previously ridiculed ‘Toy Train’ status. Although project delays, cost overruns, the Covid-19 pandemic led to the complete closure of jobs. With the continuous efforts by Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), the Namma Metro over the past decade has made its way as a major public transport hub for the city.
Approximately 2.12 lakh passengers are currently travelling via metro per day compared to 5.26 lakh passengers in pre-Covid times. Half of the passengers on the Metro commuters expressed relief at the smooth ride and premium services offered by Namma metro. According to many commuters, “Metro has been a great help to the community”.
A comfortable atmosphere, travel and punctuality are some of the significant benefits. If a commuter assures someone that they will reach the destination at a particular time, it’s because of the realization that the metro will be consistent and punctual, unlike buses or any other transportation.
A source in the Bengaluru metro said that “A total of 60 passengers have travelled via metro since its inception. The revenue stand at 1282.6 crore so far when it comes to box tickets. The metro rail ridership was expected to be between 8 lakh and 9 lakh a day. Although the numbers right now are much less than we expected, but as offices and educational institutions open with an increase of the confidence of the public, it will have an effect on the ridership too,” he added.
The source from BMRCL said fare collection ranged from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 55 lakh per day while operating costs per day were between Rs 95 lakh and Rs 1 crore. “We are losing Rs 40 to Rs 45 lakh every day right now,” he said. It has given a lot of impetus to the connection between Metro and BMTC, KSRTC and the railway line without providing end-to-end and first-mile connections.