Long awaited dream of Bangalore to have a mass-transport railway system was fulfilled on Thursday when Namma Metro r Bangalore Metro train was launched between Baiyyappanahalli to M.G. Road.
M G Road is Bangalore’s one of the most posh areas and the metro is expected to reduce congestion on the roads. Metro rail is expected to ease traffic in the areas of Majestic, Sampige Road, Hudson Circle and M G Road.
Although talks of a metro train in Karnataka has been doing rounds for almost 2 decades now, it was the BJP Govt which actually started work on it in 2006. The Namma Metro project was a dream project of the previous CM Yeddyurappa. However, now that Yeddyurappa is in jail, the new Karnataka CM Sadananda Gowda and Union Minister Kamal Nath flagged off the first train.
In Phase 1 of the Namma Metro project, 33 kms will be covered between Byappanahalli in east to Magadi Road in West and Swastik in North to Puttenahalli in South. Work in phase one is expected to be completed by 2013. Phase 2 will cover 70 kms and will pass through the areas of Jayanagar, Eletronic city, IIM-B and Nagavara. A metro train route from Bengaluru International Airport to Cubbon Road is also on the cards.
Overall, apart from providing a cleaner and cheaper form of conveyance, Namma metro will also help Bangalore tourists and natives navigate easily and save a lot of time.