Its been the bane of the slum that Bangalore has become that we do not have any credible mass public transport options in the city even after many years and many thousands of crores!
Its almost 10 years that the metro dream started in Bangalore and only parts of it is reality today. That reality is also far from ideal!
Metro was touted to be the panacea for all the city's traffic issues, instead its turned out to be a white elephant!
Coming to ridership numbers on the existing two line (reach 1, reach 3/3a) , its a fraction of what was initially projected and this affects the corporations bottomline really bad!
Around 50,000 person trips per day was projected and the current numbers hovers around 12000/13000 only!
So whats wrong?
The answers are many and the major one is route it caters to!
The real catchment areas were the IT hubs of the city, ITPL and EC. But unfortunately, both these routes have been ignored and instead BMRCL looks elsewherewhen planning and execution is concerned!
Logically, it would have made a lot of sense to have the metro coming to ITPL and EC first, instead both the routes were totally ignored !
There was an opportunity to make ammends with Phase II, by taking up the Kadugodi/ITPL connection from Byappanahalli first, but BMRCL floated tenders for Mysore road extensions and Kanakapura road extensions. Both these lines selected have very few establishments which can cater to the ridership, but still for unknown reasons they were selected.
Its high time we do course corrections and head towards ITPL asap. Going to EC might take more time as lot of integration points decissions and route still needs to be taken, however ITPL is the best bet for BMRC to make some good!
Hope the new MD looks into this on priority!