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Namma Metro chugs into 7th year of operation 20.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The Bengaluru Metro, better known as Namma Metro, is celebrating its seventh birthday today. From being a proposal of the DMRC to get a high-speed transit line for Bengaluru in 2003 to helping cut down travel time and cost for many Bengalureans today, the Metro has come a long way. Mired in delays, debates over feasibility and a very long battle with the rocky terrain of Bengaluru which obstructed constructed time and time again, the Metro today carries up to and even more than 3 lakh passengers a day across both Purple and Green Lines. Even today, however, the Metro faces countless challenges, both from within and outside its operation. Earlier this year, the Metro staff went to strike over a spat with police officials. Later, some Kannada activists began an all-out brawl to remove Hindi imposition from the stations, and have largely succeeded in their task and now, activists and BMRCL at loggerheads over shifting of the Cantonment station in the Gottgere-Nagawara line. It has been a long road to ...
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Technical glitch hits Metro train 17.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Panic gripped Metro passengers in the evening on Tuesday as a glitch jammed the doors of a train at MG Road Metro Station. This forced stopping of about 15 trains at various stations for about 10 minutes. An eyewitness told DH that the Mysuru Road-bound train arrived at the station at 6.08 pm but the doors remained jammed for about five minutes. "Finally, when the doors did open, passengers started rushing in. But the doors suddenly closed even as people were entering the train. There was panic for a moment when some passengers' legs or arms and luggage got stuck in the closing doors. Some on the threshold jumped in or out at the last moment," said Deepti Naik, who works in a private company on MG Road. Deepti said the train arrived at MG Road station at 6.08 pm and left at 6.17. BMRCL spokesperson U A Vasanth Rao said that there was no problem with the door but the train had a brake problem. "This was resolved in 5 minutes and subsequently the commuters got into the train which again took 5 minutes and ...
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Rain slows Metro work on Electronics City line 16.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Rain has been hindering work on Namma Metro's RV Road-Bommasandra line that had gained pace after the main demolition work was completed two months ago. The second phase of the project will serve burgeoning IT corridor in the east (Byappanhalli-Whitefield) and the old IT hub in the south east. The 18.82 km metro line begins with a new station next to the existing RV Road station and terminates near the proposed peripheral ring road at Bommasandra. The line will also save lakhs of commuters who spend harrowing hours at the Silk Board Junction everyday. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has divided the project into three packages of about 6.4 km to expedite the work. "Most of the demolition work on Hosur Road is done. We have started the work on drains. About one-km drain was built at the site of two stations. Since August, however, rain has been playing spoilsport. We rarely get a window of opportunity to carry out the work," a senior BMRCL official said. The BMRCL has entered into an ...
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Metro work adds to traffic gridlocks at KR Puram 16.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The time to travel two km from Krishnarajapuram to Tin Factory has gone up to 45 minutes with heavy traffic. As work on the much-awaited Baiyappanahalli-Whitefield Metro line under Phase 2 (Reach 1 extension) has gathered pace. Contractors working with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) have barricaded a part of the road at the Tin Factory junction, reducing the width of the road and creating a bottleneck. BMRCL has acquired about 15 feet space on the flyover leading to Ballari Road and put up a barricade. The divider at the junction has been removed for the soil test. KSRTC buses from Kolar, Krishnarajapuram, as well as BMTC and private vehicles, stop near the Tin Factory, next to the Metro construction site. The barricade here has eaten into the congested road, reducing its carrying capacity. It has turned into a nightmare for those who come from the Silk Board Junction. The entire Krishnarajapuram bridge is seeing traffic gridlocks which vehicles taking 25 minutes to cross the ...
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Metro false ceiling breaks at K.R. Market station 16.10.2017 Hindu: Home
A portion of the false ceiling at the K.R. Market metro station collapsed on Saturday evening resulting in soil and grout falling down on the staircase leading to the concourse. No one was injured in ...
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As HC stays ESMA, Metro gets quick response team 15.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Days after the High Court of Karnataka stayed the enforcement of ESMA rules on Namma Metro staff, the BMRCL recently deployed a team of engineers who will act as a quick response team (QRT) in case of a strike. Trains had come to a halt for seven hours in July after employees of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) staged a strike. In response, the state government invoked Essential Services Management Act (ESMA) to make them fall in line. This is BMRCL's second attempt to form a QRT. The management had tried to rope in Home Guards to operate trains and function as station controllers following the public outcry over disruption of metro services in July. However, the plan was dropped, considering that the Home Guards do not have a technical background. Documents show that, in the beginning of September, BMRCL revived the idea. This time, 39 employees in executive and supervisory division were picked for the on-job training. "These are section engineers and assistant executive engineers ...
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False ceiling at K.R. Market metro station collapses 15.10.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
A portion of the false ceiling at the K.R. Market metro station collapsed on Saturday evening resulting in soil and grout falling down on the staircase leading to the concourse. Fortunately, no one wa...
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Kannada music on Metro: some annoyed, but many love it 14.10.2017 deccanherald.com
After being slammed by the Kannada Development Authority for ignoring Kannada, the BMRCL has been making constant efforts to bring the language to the fore, including playing patriotic Kannada songs on trains. In September, travellers on Namma Metro's Green Line were surprised to see the classic song, 'Ee Mannu Nammadu', written by the late R N Jayagopal, play during the journey. Hundreds of travellers gave the thumbs up to the BMRCL on Twitter and Facebook. While most travellers welcomed the song adding a rhythm to their silent journey, some expressed reservations about the quality of the audio and the high volume. Manjula, an entrepreneur who has been using the metro for about three months now, said she was very pleased with the way the metro turned out, but the whole idea of listening to music during the journey wasn't something she looked forward to. "I personally feel that when people board the metro, especially after work or a stressful day, they wouldn't want to listen to loud music, they would ...
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HC issues emergent notice to BMRCL, Labour commissioner 14.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Karnataka High Court on Friday issued an emergent notice to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation and the Regional Labour Commissioner, Central.
Justice Raghavendra S Chauhan issued notice with regard to a petition filed by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Employee Union seeking the quashing of the order by BMRCL refusing to recognise the union.

According to the petitioner, BMRCL has refused to recognise BMRCL union on the ground that some of the members of the union are supervisory personnel and that they dont come under the law.

The union has filed a petition for directing BMRCL to accord recognition to the union.
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Last mile connectivity service for Baiyappanahalli and SV Road Metro launched 14.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP) launched the last mile connectivity services for Baiyappanahalli and SV Road Metro Stations on Saturday. The STAMP is a collaborative initiative of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, the World Resources Institute, India, the Toyota Mobility Foundation and the Bangalore Political Action Committee. The connectivity services are mobile applications that won the STAMP Challenge 2017, a challenge for seeking solutions to improve connectivity to and from metro stations. The services were inaugurated by Pradeep Singh Kharola, managing director of BMRCL. The services launched include 5 mobile applications for improving public transport accessibility at major metro stations. The applications include Quick Ride, Metro Bikes, Tap route, Costa park and CiFoS (citizens for sustainability). The initiative will also support and help further extend the reach of feeder networks provided by the BMTC. Quick Ride is a carpooling app and rides sharing application that ...
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BMRCL cites Delhi Metro example for not sharing DPR 12.10.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Activist plans to write to Centre to get report released
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Transport staff being driven to despair 10.10.2017 Hindu: Home
Long work hours and lack of facilities are taking a toll on employees of transport corporations
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Pvt bus knocks down Namma Metro employee 10.10.2017 deccanherald.com
A 34-year-old pedestrian was killed after he was knocked down by a speeding private bus near Mysore Bank Circle on Monday night. The victim, Siddesh, was a native of Madhugiri in Tumakuru district and a resident of 8th Mile on Tumakuru Road. He was a house-keeping staff on contract with BMRCL, the police said.

According to the police, Siddesh was walking towards his workplace when an over-speeding bus coming from KG Road knocked him down. Siddesh was rushed to a nearby hospital by a few passers-by and the police. He died on the way to the hospital.
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Lokayukta takes cognisance of danger of potholes 9.10.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Directed civic officials to take effective steps to fill them up as ‘expeditiously’ as possible
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Can all potholes be filled in 15 days? 9.10.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
At least twice in the past two months, BBMP had promised to fill up potholes in 15 days
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It is 'namma' Metro, give us what we want: citizens 7.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Citizens' participation in governance, last seen during the protest against the steel flyover, was again evident on Saturday as people's representatives and activists decided to fight for the citys needs. A round table discussion called by a group of four NGOs to discuss integrity of transport and access to Metro stations soon turned into a platform to shape the future of the city with a vision. Ashish Verma, associate professor of Transportation Engineering at Indian Institute of Science, supported the demand of urban transport expert Sanjeev Dyamannavar and resident of Vasanthagar, Rajkumar Dugar, that Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) should build the proposed Metro station at Cantonment in front of the railway station. "The future of mobility in a growing city like Bengaluru doesn't stop at physical integration of multiple modes of transport. There is need for a larger coordination among different agencies working for the city and its residents. So we need one overarching body that ...
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Integration of transport system our priority: Metro chief 7.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
BMRCL managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola said integration of transport was their priority while citizen activists are protesting BMRCLs decision to shift the Cantonment Metro station nearly a kilometre away from the railway station. Kharola was speaking at an interaction with members of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) on Saturday. When a member of FKCCI asked about the location of the Cantonment Metro station, Kharola declined to make a statement. However, he acknowledged that public convenience was important. "The immediate priority is integration with the railways. The work at city railway station is already half done and there is huge scope for integration in Yeshwantpur, too. In Phase II, we are trying to make the Metro stations as close to the railway stations as possible," he said. Kharola said that in Phase II, there would be better integration with all transport as nearly every station will have service roads on either side. "It will be ideal as there ...
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Bengaluru's dream: Reaching airport in an hour 7.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The submission of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the proposed Metro to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is only the beginning of a long chain of processes which will need to be expedited to benefit commuters. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) needs to expedite work on the Gottigere-Nagawara line (Reach 6), which is a prerequisite for the airport line. Even if BMRCL starts work on airport line in the next few months, it will take at least five years to realise the dream of connecting south Bengaluru with KIA through a single metro line. BMRCL officials have said the airport metro will run on an express line where trains will go at a speed of 60 kmph, taking passengers from Nagawara to KIA in 30 minutes. One can board the metro at Bommasandra and reach the airport in about an hour. The state government has shown its eagerness with two gestures, bringing the project to Phase 2 and choosing an alignment that requires a minimum land acquisition. "We need to acquire an acre of land ...
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Airport link: Connection problems 7.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Trapped deep in a traffic jam on Ballari Road, the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) would look too distant to catch your flight in time. You wish for alternative roads, rail routes and Metro links. But as you look ahead in despair, you see only the hazy sketch of a Metro map, a dusty road and a rail link utterly wasted. After much delay, the contours of a Namma Metro link to the airport are gradually taking shape. But the station locations, funding pattern and construction deadlines are still in the works. It could take years before the first train starts chugging in. Incomplete stretches That leaves the much-hyped alternative road planned through Hennur Road, Bagalur, Mylanahalli and Begur. A reality check reveals vast stretches of this road nowhere near completion. Land acquisition issues have virtually grounded work on the last three kilometers, earmarked for development by the State Public Works Department. There is no sense of urgency as the only visible proof of any activity is a lone ...
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Make DPR for Phase II public: Citizens, MPs 7.10.2017 Hindu: Cities
They air their views at a roundtable discussion
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