Byappanahalli to Kengeri Metro travel time down to 48 mins now | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: Starting Monday, Metro trains will cover the Byappanahalli-Kengeri stretch (25km) on the Purple Line in 48 minutes.
Kengeri Metro (Mysuru Road-Kengeri) was inaugurated on August 29. Till Sunday, travel time between the two points was 52 minutes. Green Line’s Nagasandra-Silk Institute section (30km) takes 55 minutes, said BMRCL chief public relations officer BL Yeshwanth Chavan.

Mobility activists, however, say Metro travel time should be calculated by factoring in the time taken to cover the first and last mile, to buy tickets, access platforms and wait for trains. They point out that a passenger travelling by road between Kengeri and Byappanahalli during non-peak hours takes around one hour now. This means there is no major time difference for those travelling by road and Metro from Byappanahalli in the east and Kengeri in the southwest during non-peak hours.
The frequency of Metro trains between Byappanahalli and Kengeri is 10 minutes.Separately, the frequency of BMTC feeder buses is between 15 and 45 minutes.
Experts, at the same time, say, while road traffic is unpredictable, Metro is reliable, punctual and environment friendly.
CV Raman Nagar resident Suresh K, said: “If I drive from Byappanahalli to Kengeri, it will take a little less than one hour during non-peak hours, but in Metro it takes almost one hour for the train trip itself. There are no adequate feeder buses from CV Raman Nagar to Byappanahalli or SV Road Metro stations. I need to park my car at SV Road station and then take the train to Kengeri. If a family of four is travelling towards Kengeri, it makes sense to take a car instead of Metro.”
Sivasubramaniam Jayaraman, RR Nagar resident and transport expert, said: “It can’t be compared like that. Metro has SOPs to follow, which include fixed route, stopping at all stations and waiting time… Google prediction of travel time before and during journey differs.”
Metro saviour during peak hour
BMRCL officials said Metro’s average speed is around 32kmph and the maximum permissible speed is 70kmph. “During peak hours, road travel takes more than 1 hour and 30 minutes. So, Metro is a viable transport,” said Chavan.
Asked about increasing train speed, Chavan said: “… Metro is running at maximum speed permissible at various sections.”
On operating trains with limited stops to cut down travel time between terminal stations, he said: “Such proposals are not possible as commuters will face a lot of difficulties.”
“Curves, gradients, topographical conditions, stations, train density, passenger boarding/ deboarding time are some of the factors affecting speed,” Chavan added.
The Mysuru Road-Kengeri section alone has around 20 curves, which slow down trains. Rail enthusiast Abhishek R said: “Unfortunately BMRCL didn’t change the alignment. They have just followed a road route which has too many curves.”
BMRCL managing director Anjum Parvez said: “Another important thing is Metro travel offers comfort and there is no exertion of moving on roads amid heavy traffic,” said
Call for better connectivity
Pawan Mulukutla of World Resources Institute, an NGO, said: “A well-connected network of footpaths within 2-3 km radius of a station and efficient last-mile services would make Metro systems extremely beneficial for the end-user. Therefore, strong transit-oriented development and multi-modal integration are essential.”
Sanjeev Dyamannavar, commuter rail activist, said: “Poor frequency of trains and integration with other modes like BMTC and railway stations add to travel time. Also, we do not have a common mobility card for multi-modal travel. These factors add a minimum of 15-20 minutes to actual travel time”

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