Bengaluru, India (Metro Rail Today): Th metro rail project in Bengaluru is progressing on schedule and will complete 175-km of commuter metros in the city by June 2025, said Anjum Parwez, Managing Director, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) on 18th November 2022.
He said that Bangalore will have 314 km of metro rail connectivity by 2041 as part of the second and third phases of the project, adding that the construction of metro lines was progressing well on the airport side. Parwez was speaking at a session on the "Future of Mobility".
According to him, the integration of multi-modal transportation networks and inspiring individuals to switch from personal transport to public transport provide the largest challenges to urban mobility. “Urban India was the most neglected area until the 1990s as urban planning was not in sync with connectivity or mobility issues,” he said.
While the metro does play a significant part in decongesting the city, experts have noted that it won't resolve Bengaluru's mobility problems.
“The only solution is to see that we have segregated fast public transport. First, focus on public transport. So, the metro will play an important role in ensuring that Bengaluru will survive,” he said.
“The BMRCL is doing a good job. How fast they are doing it and whether this will be enough is another question. This may not be enough. Even with the best efforts from BMRCL, we will not have enough number of trains to take enough people to pull the network out of congestion,” he added.
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