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Bengaluru metro records highest ever ridership, generates Rs 1.09 crore on single day

On the same day, BMRCL collected Rs 1.09 crore as revenue with the Green Line collecting more (Rs 54.81 lakh) than the Purple Line (Rs 54.25 lakh).

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 1, 2019 8:41:22 pm
Bengaluru news, Bangalore news, Bangalore metro, Namma Metro, Bengaluru metro news, BMRCL, KSRTC, Ganesh Chaturthi, Gowri Habba, BMRCL record collection, BMRCL record footfall BMRCL had converted 22 of 50 trains to six-car trains, while the others still operate with 3 cars each as to how it was previously. Express Photo

Surpassing previous ridership records, Bengaluru’s Namma Metro recorded a footfall of 4.58 lakh on Friday night.

According to figures released by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), as many as 4,58,238 people travelled by metro on August 30, breaking the earlier records of 4,53,744 and 4,53,563 on August 14 and April 5, 2019, respectively.

On the same day, BMRCL collected Rs 1.09 crore as revenue with the Green Line collecting more (Rs 54.81 lakh) than the Purple Line (Rs 54.25 lakh).

Speaking to indianexpress.com, a BMRCL official said the high footfall can be cited to the long weekend due to Gowri Habba and Ganesha Chaturthi. “We had converted 22 of our 50 trains to six-car trains, while others still operate with 3 cars each as usual. All trains will get six coaches by March 2020,” he said.

At the same time, the fresh record on August 30 shared by the BMRCL on its official Twitter page generated a mixed response from the passengers.

While several lauded the BMRCL for its service, one user suggested increasing frequency and reducing the minimum travel charge.

Another user called out Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to make arrangements for buses at the first metro station when entering Bengaluru city from the outskirts or other districts.

Meanwhile, another passenger pointed out that the trains on the Green Line are “overcrowded and suffocating.” Calling out to the chief minister, he enquired when the work on the Whitefield section would be completed.

55-minute technical snag causes passenger inconvenience

Meanwhile, technical issues at the Mysuru Road station on Saturday evening affected metro operations for 55 minutes. Trains that were to ferry commuters till Mysore Road, the last station on the purple line, terminated at Vijayanagara, three stations before the final destination.

The BMRCL then displayed a board at the stations to inform passengers about the same. The boards read, “We apologise for the ongoing delay. We will give you further information as soon as possible. Please wait for further announcement.”

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