The newly launched "Namma Metro" in the IT hub Bangalore brings a smile on the faces of all Bangaloreans.
For the commuters, the 6.7-km long metro ride between the eastern suburbs of Byappanahalli to MG road was a long-awaited dream come true.
"Namma Metro is a real blessing to all the Bangaloreans, especially to office goers. I stopped using my vehicle as the metro service started," says Dr. Shanta Kumar, who was eagerly awaiting the service from the day one of the starting of metro project in the city.
Namma Metro is on par with any other metro service in other parts of the world.
"The standard and facilities of Namma metro is at par with the metro services available in foreign, it's clean, good-looking, stainless steel body, and swift," commented another commuter, Anish, who had come to enjoy his ride.
The ambience inside the metro cabin is exotic and another commuter, seated inside, felt she was in Singapore.
"Today I am very happy to be here, it's a beautiful experience, I feel like seating (sic) in Singapore," said Mrs Rekha who come along with her family members to enjoy a ride.
"Kindly keep the good job going on" she added anticipating the expansion of the metro service to other parts of Bangalore.
The first phase of "Namma Metro" was started on Thursday at 4 p.m. with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) operating 90 trains, 45 in each direction, at a 10-minute frequency.
The BMRCL is preparing to operate the service till midnight during Diwali, if there are passengers, and the frequency of the metro train service could be increased.
The first phase of the much-awaited "Namma Metro" was launched on Thursday covering a distance of 6.7 km.
The Byappanahalli-M.G. Road link has six stations and the travel time is around 14 minutes. The metro train has three coaches and can carry 1,000 commuters at a time.
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