Updated: September 18, 2021 9:55:21 am
Namma Metro authorities have decided to extend service timings beyond 8pm.
While making the announcement on Friday, the managing director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), Anjum Parwez, said: “Bengaluru Metro will operate trains from 6 am to 10 pm from Saturday.”
“The last train from all four terminal stations will start at 9.30 pm,” he added.
Revenue minister R Ashoka had said on Thursday that the government would soon take a call on extending the timings of metro trains. “I am aware that stopping metro services at 8pm is creating problems for citizens. I will discuss this issue with the chief minister and a decision will be taken in a few days,” he had told reporters.
Bangalore Central MP P C Mohan had also met Anjum Parwez on Thursday to hand over a petition seeking an extension of train services from 5am to 10pm.
At present, Metro trains operate between 7am and 8pm owing to the Covid-19 situation. Before the pandemic broke out, metro services in the Karnataka capital used to start at 5am.
BMRCL officials said the number of passengers has increased by 5-8% after the Kengeri-Baiyappanahalli stretch was opened to the public on August 30. Notably, before the pandemic struck, the Namma Metro saw a daily ridership of around five lakh passengers, which has now fallen to 1.75 lakh passengers.
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