Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has now decided to help pedestrians use metro stations to reach the other side of the rode. To provide safe passage near Metro stations, the authorities will now allow non-metro commuters to use its facilities for free.
Metro station for pedestrians
People who do not use the metro may also enter the station premises and use the stairs, escalators, and elevators to go from one point to another during operational hours.
This move is regarded sensibly especially because many Metro stations are located near roads with a high-traffic density which often causes trouble to commuters crossing it.
Even though the BBMP has built foot overbridges, the location or the manner it is built is not of much a use.
Footfall at stations
“The goal is to provide road crossover connectivity to non-metro users through unpaid areas at all existing Phase 1 metro stations,” said BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth.
Allowing non-Metro users will also help increase footfall at stations, which will enable BMRCL to tap non-fare revenues (from shops etc).
“Phase 2 station layout is being done to provide such connectivity from the beginning itself. Also, whenever there’s Metro station on one side of the road, a foot overbridge will be constructed by BMRCL,” Ajay added.