Bangaloreans hop onto Metro for joy ride
BANGALORE: Hundreds of Bangaloreans Thursday evening hopped onto the sleek air-conditioned coaches of the Metro rail for a joy r..
BANGALORE: Hundreds of Bangaloreans Thursday evening hopped onto the sleek
air-conditioned coaches of the Metro rail for a joy ride and get a
bird's eye view of the tech hub as the service was opened to commuters
for the first time.
Even an hour before the scheduled start of
the service at 4 p.m. after its formal inaugural-run earlier in the day,
about 200-300 commuters, mostly youth, queued up at the ticket counters
outside the six stations between M.G. Road in downtown and
Baiyappannahalli in the eastern suburb to be among the first to board
the train on both directions.
"Instead of taking an autorickshaw
to M.G. Road, I decided to take the Metro. It feels great to travel on
the first day of the service. It was fast, smooth, comfortable and
noiseless. I reached the destination in 10 minutes paying just Rs.10 in
contrast to 25-30 minutes an autorickshaw would have taken at Rs.60," a
beaming M. Radhika, a homemaker, told IANS.
The hype built up in
the run-up to the Metro inauguration and wide publicity in the
electronic and print media about the launch date had made the Metro the
talk of the town though its Reach-1 covers only 6.7 km towards the
eastern suburb from the city centre.
"I was curious to see the
swanky stations and get a feel of riding in the Metro as I have been
reading about it and seeing on the news channels. When a couple of
classmates decided to board the Metro, I too joined them and took a ride
from M.G. Road to Indiranagar," S. Dayanand, a 17-year-old
pre-university course (PUC) student, said.
"It was fun and a
great experience to commute so fast and above the city though high-rise
buildings flanking the double tracks were distracting. Shanties and
slums around Halasuru station were an eyesore," said the student.
sun set and the illuminated stations stood out shining in all glory,
more and more commuters took the elevators to reach the raised platforms
for their turn to hop onto the Metro.
Earlier, Union Railway
Minister Dinesh Trivedi termed the unveiling of the Metro service as a
'Deepavali' gift to Bangaloreans, who put up with hardships during the
prolonged project construction which ruined roads and footpaths and
disturbed the serene atmosphere of many areas.
come very early to Bangalore, rather a week before the festival of
lights. Today (Thursday) is Deepavali for Bangaloreans," he said at the
Many evening shoppers and outsiders, including a
few tourists who were in the central business district, also took the
Metro for fun. It is the first of its kind service in south India.
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