54 km in 82 minutes! Bengaluru’s fully operational Purple Line gives commuters a new lease of life

At 5 am on Monday, Bengaluru’s city rail network, Namma Metro, fully operationalized its entire Purple Line, and the city saw a fresh start to ease its traffic woes. For people like Pallavi Shinde, who works with an IT firm in Whitefield, her commute, which used to take 2 hours one way, has been reduced to just 40 minutes.

News18 traveled 43.5 km covering 37 metro stations to talk to people about their experience.

“With my salary, I can’t afford to live in Bengaluru’s Whitefield-Brookfield area, and so it takes me two hours to reach the office. From my place near Vijayanagar, I get down at Baipanhalli Metro station and Then I take a taxi or bus to my place of work. Apart from the time spent, half of my energy is spent before I even start work. Today, for the first time in years, I walked out of the new Whitefield station. I felt fresh when I stepped in,” Shinde said, adding that even the breakfast she takes to work was hot.

On the train, there were frequent announcements of new extension lines that were opened, bringing the south-west and east of Bengaluru closer together.

Ridership on the Bypanahalli-Whitefield route on Monday was higher at 61,179 compared to the daily average of 28,000 passengers.

There is a joke that places like Whitefield were so cut off from Bengaluru city that it was called the ‘Republic of Whitefield’ as the people of this area did not dare to come towards the city as it took them many years to return home. It took hours.

“It’s true. That’s how we tease our friends,” laughs Praveen Menez, who finally decided to buy an annual metro card because he takes the train between Hope Farm and his home in Rajnagar on a daily basis. will be able to use the services.

It was in the early hours of the morning. By afternoon, as word spread electronically and through social media, people began flocking to metro stations.

Three young students from a city school in Bengaluru’s central business district were excited as they were told about the newly extended purple metro line at their school.

“Our teacher was talking about Bengaluru and how traffic affects people when she told that the new line was opened today. We use the metro everyday to go home near Indira Nagar. We use our Very happy to see the number of metro stations on the line going up to 36. We will ask our parents and go all the way after school on Friday,” he told this reporter.

Although the Purple Line, which was one of the first lines inaugurated in 2011 between Baipanahalli and MG Road, has gradually expanded its reach over the years, and today covers a 49.2 km stretch between Chillaghatta on Mysore Road. Connects to Whitefield. East Bangalore in an hour.

There were many passengers who did not know about the Purple Line being fully operational, as there was no formal inauguration by the government. To increase awareness, periodic announcements were being made for people to use the facilities starting from Monday.

Although the Metro offers an alternative to Bengaluru’s congested traffic, which sees more than 1.5 crore vehicles on the road every day, dilapidated and potholed roads created problems during the planning of the project, which took more than a decade. There is a delay. The total operational metro lines cover only 73.18 km, with an average of over 5.62 km of new metro lines every year.

Bengaluru is plagued by traffic problems and deteriorating infrastructure, its residents face daily commuting challenges, despite the city’s claims to be the Silicon Capital of India.

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