A study reveals that a proposed underground metro line of 34-km can help boost Metro’s ridership by 77% in the next 10 years. By including this project, Bengaluru’s total metro network will go up to 203 km.
Inner Ring Metro
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) had suggested an Inner Ring Metro (IRM) corridor for the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL).
In their report, the officials regard that the metro’s daily ridership with the IRM in place will be 15.2 lakh.
With the further expansion in the metro line by 34 km in addition to 169 km, the ridership will further increase by 77% when related to the Business As Usual (BAU) scenario.
The underground metro line has been designed with 23 new metro stations and six interchanges, considering the fulfillment of all other phases of the Namma Metro project.
A rise in ridership
The IRM eyes to serve major commercial and educational hubs and help reduce traffic congestion.
The study further revealed that if the IMR goes well into the overall metro network, the maximum Passenger Per Hour Per Direction (PPHPD) would go up to 48,425 between Whitefield and Ujjwal stations, following 33,016 on the IMR between Hosahalli and Padarayanapura stations.
On the Yeshwantpur–Sandal Soap Factory–IISc stretch alone, the PPHPD would be 24,477. Overall, the study had assumed that all the lines of IMR would have six-coach trains with capacity at 69,000 PPHPD.