Today, I had the opportunity to commute on the newly opened Malleswaram – Peenya Namma Metro line. This is the second line in Bangalore after MG Road – Byappannahalli and forms the Reach 3 & 3A of the Bangalore Metro lines. So, this is how it fared:
There are no parking spaces developed at any of the Metro stations between Malleswaram and Peenya Industries stations. Although there are talks of having them constructed but the station’s locations are so conjusted that it would be difficult to think they can be developed later. There is a dedicated BMTC bus that connects Kempegowda Bus stand (aka Majestic) to Mantri Square/Malleswaram station. This is a welcome step as people going to Peenya/Yeshwanthpur & its railway station could probably make use of these than paying exorbiant Auto-Rickshaw/Taxi fares and the cost of the BMTC to Mantri squre is just 5/-, quite appealing.
The total stretch between Malleswaram Sampige Road station to Peenya Industries station is about 10 kms with the total time taken for the commute is 45 minutes and the price is Rs 23/-. As is currently available, you can also buy the contactless smart cards (NFC) that offers a discount of 15% in comparison to normal tickets. Cost of the smart card is Rs 100/- with travel value worth Rs 50/- and can be charged online as well (this particular card is called as Varshik). Check the BMRC site for more info.