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Parking Woes at Namma Metro

Parking lot of Mysore Road Metro Station

Source: The Hindu

By Gazal Malik

Bangalore, Sept 27: Metro commuters are facing difficulties at the parking lots around the city. Despite paying Rs 30 which is much for a common man, from 5:00 am till 11:00 pm, they do not have access to ample space in the parking lots and decent security arrangements, and have to park their vehicles on muddy road sides or near a garbage dump, which is dangerous to ride.

Sandeep Hullalli, a commuter, who parks his two wheeler at Mysore Metro station daily says, “Rs 30 is a really high charge for parking vehicles especially two wheelers. The Parking lots should reduce the amount levied or provide us with facilities like a decent shelter and a cemented road.”

“The parking lot at Mysore Road Station witnesses a footfall of nearly 300 cars and 1500 bikes per day” said Gopalan, Parking attendants of Mysore road.  Another commuter, Tejal Gandhi from Indira Nagar complained, “There is no space for parking at metro stations in Indira Nagar, M.G. Road, Trinity, and Attiguppe.” And she added “If I have my own vehicle and I’m travelling from MG road to commute by metro, then there is no space for parking at MG Road.”

“The Namma metro is facing two problems, one is public expects immediate reactions. Public do not give the authority enough time to react to their problems. Secondly, metro commuters blame BMRCL for the damages their vehicles suffer”said Bharathi Iyer, Senior Customer Relations Officer of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL)

“We motivate people to use public transport rather than their own vehicles” said Ravi Prakash, Public Relations Manager for BMRC, he also added that “BMRC charges very less than the Indian Railways and Airport and within one month, the construction will be completed and the problem will be solved at Mysore Metro Station”.  

Raguraman, Deputy General Manager (Operation Department) of BMRC said “Swami Vivekanand Metro Station has a huge parking space of 250 bikes and 100 cars but only half of it is being used. And the Baiyappanahalli is being an originating point does not have ample space at all for parking”.  

Sitansu B Pattnaik, Director of Kcube said “Feeder buses need to be used to connect the stations with the surrounding catchment areas. Like in Chennai they have smaller buses which run in the back streets to feed into the Metro/MRTS. Currently, there is a disconnect between the Metro and the supporting infrastructure in Bangalore and until that is connected, commuters will suffer.  So instead of additional parking space, it is the feeder services which have to be setup”.

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