Bengaluru: There is some good news for people who are travelling in the jam-packed trains on Namma Metro’s Green Line. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) will induct two more six-car train sets on the North-South Corridor between Yelachenahalli and Nagasandra from Monday, December 2.
With this, the Green Line will have a total of eight 6-car trains. The 24-km stretch caters to about 2 lakh passengers a day.
The BMRCL, in a public statement, said the six-car trains would perform a total of 53 round trips a day, except on Sundays. The move is expected to provide some relief to the commuters who have been complaining about the fully-crowded Metro coaches especialy during the peak hours.
The Green Line (24-km), which is slightly a longer stretch as compared to the Purple Line (18-km), operates a total of about 23 Metro trains and a majority of them continue to be 3-car trains. The six-car trains are capable of carrying about 2,000 people at a time.
All the trains operating on the East-West Corridor between Baiyappanahalli and Mysore Road Metro station, considered the busiest, have 6-coach sets, it’s learnt. There are about 20 trains on the Purple Line.
Long wait for 6-coach trains
As per the initial plan, the BMRCL had set a target to complete doubling of all the 50 3-car train sets by December 2018. This was part of the agreement signed between BMRCL and the state-owned Bharat Earthmoes Ltd (BEML), who won the Rs 1,421 crore contract to supply 150 sets of intermediate Metro cars in March 2017.
The BEML and BMRCL have been changing the deadlines since then. The latest one is March 2019.