Bangalore Namma Metro – Launch, TimeTable, Fare, Route Map, Stations, Smart Card
Metro has become quite a life line for Delhi today and has always been one for Kolkata. Finally Bangalore or Bengaluru will join the list of elite cities to have metro running across the city. Its called Namma Metro.
Namma Metro Launch
Bangalore’s metro rail service, Namma Metro, after months of wait is finally set to launch on 20th Oct’2011 at 4pm. This launch has been delayed for a long time keeping mind several issues with government approvals. I would have found it funny if anyone was really hoping that the service will be launched on time when the plan was being draft. The launch will make the Route under reach 1 operational which includes 6 stations i.e. M.G. Road to Byappanahalli. BBMP is working on getting rid of all the street dogs for the launch (yes its true!).
The inauguration ceremony will be held at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Grounds. More than 40,000 people, including Union ministers and dignitaries from state as well as central governments, are expected to take part in the ceremony.
Namma Metro Timing
The timings of Namma Metro is supposed to be from 6a.m. to 10p.m. with a frequency of 4-10mins depending on the time you opt to travel. The train will be running at a maximum speed of 80km/hr. In case you are not familiar with Bangalore and wondering what does Namma Metro stand for, then well “Namma” in Kannada (language of Karnataka) means OUR. So the name stands for “Our Metro”.
Reach 1 (Baiyappanahalli to M G Road)
- Run from 6 am in the morning to 10 pm in the night
- Run at a frequency of 15 minutes from 6 am to 8 am in the morning and 8 pm to 10 pm in night and with frequency of 10 minutes from 8 am to 8 pm
Reach 3 (Nagasandra to Mantri Square Sampige Road)
- W.e.f. from 20th March 2014,the trains are operating with 15 mins frequency from 6AM to 8 AM & from 8AM to 10PM at 10 min frequency,W.e.f. from 1st of April 2014,the trains will be operating with a frequency of 15 mins between 6AM to 8 AM & 8PM to 10PM,between 8AM to 8PM the frequency will be 10 mins
Namma Metro Smart Card or Travel Card Types
Namma Metro Travel Card or Contact-less Smart Cards(CSC) has been introduced to make daily commuting easier and cheaper. There are different types of tickets that can be availed according to the official site:
Stored Value Ticket (Brand Name : VARSHIK) This is most popular and common form of ticket. The commuter can store any value of currency(Maximum Rs.1500) on this ticket. The card is shown at the entry gate of a station to enter, then again at exit gate to exit. During exit, the fare value is deducted from the card. The card can be topped-up/recharged with any value in multiples of Rs. 50. whenever required. The validity of stored value is 1 year from the last top-up done on it.
Trip Ticket (Brand Name : SANCHAR) A regular commuter travelling between two fixed points can purchase advance trips viz., 10, 40, 50 or 100 trips and load them on card. On every trip made on Metro between those fixed points one trip is decremented from the total trip counts stored on card. Trip ticket offers more discount but less validity than Stored Value Ticket.
Metro-Bus Ticket (Brand Name : SARAL & SARAAG) A commuter who wishes to travel unlimited throught the day on BMTC Bus and Metro can load this Metro-Bus Day pass on the card.
The value can be added to the travel card at any Metro Station presently; through Airtel Retail Outlets, State Bank of India ATMS, net Banking for SBI Account holders. You can also buy the cards online via this link.
Multiple cards can be stored in the card:
• A Smart card can hold any or all three types of ticket i.e Varshik, Sanchar and MBT.
• During travel the product which results in minimum fare shall be used by the AFC system at exit. Thus if journey is performed with all three tickets loaded only MBT will be used by system, the remaining two tickets remain untouched.
• If only Varshik and Sanchar are loaded on card then if journey is performed more or less than the fare zone for which trips are loaded, then only Varshik ticket will be used, trip will not be consumed.
• Varshik ticket comes default with every card.
• Only one type of trip ticket can be loaded on card for example either Sanchar 10 or Sanchar 40 can be loaded, but not both.
Namma Metro Fare
The minimum fare for a general ticket is Rs.10 which goes upto Rs.15 depending upon your destination. The fare can be further reduced by the use of CSCs as per the chart mentioned below.
Purple Line Fares –
Fare table for Tokens
|Station From/To||Baiyappanhalli||Swami Vivekananda Road||Indiranagar||Halasuru||Trinity||Mahatma Gandhi Road|
|Swami Vivekananda Road||10||10||10||13||14||16|
|Mahatma Gandhi Road||17||16||14||13||10||10|
- Minimum fare is Rs 10 from each station.
- Fare chart can be read both forwards and backwards (eg.Point A – Byappanahalli, to E – Trinity, is Rs 14; Point C – Indiranagar back to A – Byappanahalli will be Rs 12).
- Tokens available at counters in stations, are to be touched on pad of entry gates and dropped into slot at gate of exit station.
Fare table for Varshik in Rs
|Station from / To||Byappanahalli||Swami Vivekananda Road||Indira nagar||Ulsoor||Trinity||Mahatma Gandhi Road|
- Minimum fare Rs 8.50
- Money can be stored in stored value tickets, like prepaid smart-card.
- Valid for one year, can be loaded with Rs 50 and its multiples.
- Recharge possible through SBI ATMs, net banking, mobile banking, on BMRCL website, scratch cards via SMS.
Fare table for Sanchar in Rs
|SL.no||Fare zones||10 Trip||40 Trip||50 Trip||100 Trip|
|1||F1 (0 to 2 Km)||80.00||315.00||395.00||765.00|
|2||F2 (2 to 4 Km)||95.00||375.00||470.00||920.00|
|3||F3 (4 to 6 Km)||115.00||440.00||550.00||1070.00|
|4||F4 (6 to 7 Km)||120.00||470.00||590.00||1150.00|
- Trip Ticket (Sanchar) has fixed number of trips (10, 40, 59, 100)
- Trips can be bought in advance
- Can be used between any pair of stations having same or less fare.
- Sanchar 10 valid for 1 month, Sanchar 40 and 50 for 3 months, Sanchar 100 for 6 months.
All you need is Rs 10 for a minimum distance you travel in metro. The BMRC has finalized the fare structure for Reach 1 – Byappanahalli to MG Road. The ticketing system and fares have been made available in the form of Contact-less Smart Tokens (CST), Contact-less Smart Cards (CSC), Group tickets and integrated Metro-Bus tickets.
Green Line Fares
Base Fare (Contactless Smart Token)
|Sandal Soap Factory
|Mantri Square Sampige Road
Stored Value Ticket (Varshik)
|Sandal Soap Factory
|Mantri Square Sampige Road
Trip Ticket (Sanchar)
|Zone / Trip||10||40||50||100|
Namma Metro Stations Info
The various stations under Phase 1 and the classification as per Reach is mentioned below. You can also refer to the route map for further clarity.
The Reach 1 of the phase 1 is expected to make commuting easier by connecting Byappanahalli to M.G Road. The Ulsoor and SV Road station in this reach would come at a cost of Rs.75.77 crores. The cost CMH Road and Byappanahalli station would be around Rs.92.8 crores. Trinity circle and MG Road cost comes to be around Rs.87.22 crores. Hence the main six stations of the reach 1 are Ulsoor, SV road, CMH road, Byappanahalli, M.G road and Trinity Circle.
The Reach 2 of the phase 1 would link Magadi road to Mysore road. This reach is also supposed to have six stations namely Tollgate, Hosahalli, Vijayanagar, Mysore Road terminal, Deepanjali Nagar and Mysore Road.
The Reach 3 of the phase 1 would connect Swastik to Peenya and is expected to get completed by November 2011. The main stations of the reach 3 are Malleswaram and Rajajinagar.
The Reach 4 of the phase 1 would connect K.R Market to R.V Road and is expected to meet its deadline of December 2011. The reach 4 is supposed to have five stations namely South End, Lal Bagh, K.R Station, RV road and Jayanagar.
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