Bangalore falls in love with Metro on the first date

Oct 21, 2011, 06:40 IST | Johnlee Abraham

Around 50,000 people turn up for the first ride on Metro; BMRCL earns Rs 14.7 Lakh on day one, hopes to soon recover Rs 29.9 cr loss due to delay

Ah! That 'second class' feeling is gone. Now Bangalore is truly a 'metro'. So if your Delhi and Kolkata cousins have been teasing you by saying: "tere paas kya hai?", time has come to proudly say: "mere pass Metro hai".

Finally, the city's tryst with the Metro began today with around 50,000 people turning up to witness the historic moment.

Thousands thronged the MG Road station to take a ride on the Metro after the service was inaugurated yesterday. Union minister Veerappa Moily, Sudha Murthy and Biocon CEO Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

As curious crowds made a beeline at all six stations to take a Metro ride on the first day, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) earned a whopping Rs 14.7 lakh in revenue.

Mending losses
The overwhelming response of the public has come a respite for the BMRCL, which have been under fire for delaying the project by 584 days and subject the Bangalore Metro to a loss of over Rs 29.20 crore.

According to metro officials, if the craze for the metro continues like this, the BMRCL may be able to generate good revenue soon and compensate for the losses incurred. "We were anticipating a good crowd response.
However, today's turn out was much more than what we had anticipated. Particularly, with the festive weekend approaching now, we are sure that we will be able to attract even more crowd," said B L Y Chavan, spokesperson, BMRCL.

Metro's for all
Bangaloreans from various corners of the city made it for the Metro ride just to experience and have fun in the Metro.

"We just wanted to experience the Metro service and have some fun with our old friends. Even though they are yet to finish other stretches of the Metro, this is a welcome start.

The city has taken its first step towards realising its metro dream," said S Gangadhar, Retired Army Officer, who came all the way from Domlur along with his friends.

MiD DAY did a round of all six Metro stations and found that Bangaloreans of every age group were equally excited about the Metro. Many autorickshaw and BMTC drivers also took a ride.

Metro officials claim that if the craze for Metro continues like this, the BMRCL may be able to generate good revenue soon and compensate for the losses incurred

As per an official responsible for Metro ticketing, each station within the first the first few hours, earned over Rs 50,000.

"Every hour of the day, we have had over 2,000 commuters coming at each station. However, we witnessed more footfall at MG Road station than any other stations," J Prakash, a BMRCL ticketing official.

The Metro is now looking at finishing its others stretches at the earliest. "Next we want to ensure timely execution of other reaches," added B L Y Chavan, spokesperson, BMRCL.

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