Namma Metro Not to Have ‘Women’ Coach Till 2019

Going by the move of BMRCL, the assured coach for women employees will be made available only in 2019 when BEML supplies the 150 coaches in the next two years.

Bengaluru development minister K J George in a reply to Shadakshari, MLA from Tiptur, said, “At present, the metro trains are operated with three coaches. Once six-coach trains become operational, a coach will be reserved for women passengers.”

Currently, messages inside the Namma Metro coaches seek the public to get up and give seats to elderly people, disabled and pregnant people. Since miscreants are on prowl in these combined coaches, there is every likelihood of eve-teasing and molestation cases rising in the future.

The Rs.1,400-crore tender has been awarded to BEML recently and the coaches will start arriving from June 2018 onwards. Since the expansion plan of Namma Metro from the current 3-coach to 6-coach trains will be functional in 2019, the minister said the provision for one of the 6 coaches will be reserved exclusively for won.

The entire 43-km stretch of Phase I of Namma Metro will be functional from next month, July 2017 as the last stretch connecting JP Nagar is awaiting approval. This stretch in Green Line will connect Sampige Road and Yelachenahalli and BMRCL is hoping for a major jump in its daily travellers to 5 lakh from the current 1.8 lakh.

The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) conducted inspection on 12-km stretch from Sampige Road to Yelachanahalli Road on the Green line of the Phase 1 last month for 4 days. The mandatory inspection included checking the line, signalling, traction and safety, before giving the nod for making the last stretch of Phase 1 operational, which may take another month.

Currently, all the three other reaches of Phase 1 have been operational, with the last one connecting Byappanahalli to Mysuru Road thrown open to the public in April 2016. The remaining section on green line was delayed due to the underground work delay in the Central Market area during the  tunnel boring of 9-km stretch.

The cost,meanwhile, has ballooned into more than double from what was actually planned in 2006 as Rs. 6,395 crore project. It has cost the tax payer Rs.14,200 crore in total, adding Rs.7,195 crore or Rs.330 crore per km.

Once given the green signal, the entire Phase 1 of Namma Metro of Bengaluru Metro Rail will have 43 km line catering about 4 to 5 lakh of the total 1 crore population of the city, which growing far more rapidly than envisioned a decade ago. Now Bengluru has 800-square km stretch and 65 lakh vehicles which are congesting the traffic and derailing the city’s infrastructure at the dawn of every day, irrespective of holidays or summer vacations.

Though BMRCL has commenced work on Phase 2 to stretch the Namma Metro to another 30-km, that can cater already crowded zones such as White Field, Electronic City and Kanakapura Road, the answer to perennial road blocks on Bengaluru due to the construction remains a nightmare.

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