Namma Metro! The whole of Bengaluru city was waiting with bated breath for the arrival of its inaugural. True, there has never been any kind of ‘suburban railways’ in our city before. But void of them, Bengaluru sure has survived all these years in an almost comfortable manner. Then of course, the question might arise as to why there is a need for such an amenity now. When they could live in an easy manner without those kinds of trains so far, surely they can manage with the same feeling even now. Well, not just Bengaluru, but it is probable that this might as well apply to all the other countries who have implemented the usage of the metro trains. It is because of the predicament of the propagation in the figures—either statistical or virtual—of the existing population which we’re faced with and it seems to be ever-increasing. Its effects that are negative to the most extent are turning out to be emerging increasingly as the days pass by.
The Metro trains are said to be capable of ferrying about 975 people in all at a stretch, a very close estimate of one thousand. It saves many resources and obviously lots of time—and what is more needed in today’s busy livelihood of everyone than just that? It is majorly energy efficient as it runs completely on electricity, also backed up by batteries, thus ensuring safety supposing there is an emergency power failure. Compared to other forms of road transport to which people are used to, whether public or private, transport by means of the Metro trains are very economy-friendly. It is up to the citizens to carefully consider what is beneficiary to them and choose it, for after all, it is for the people’s welfare that the government goes on to implement such facilities.
Most believe that the Metro might turn out to be a flop because we are amidst a sorry state of living: the bus, which we believe to be a cheap means of transport, actually turns out to be the complete opposite of the word. In constantly developing cities, there is always some commotion or the other to at least slow down the ‘in-hurry’ commuters. With the minimum speed of such trains being about 80 kilometers per hour (80km/h), people find it most convenient to shuttle between their destinations just in a span of four minutes at the most. But how many realize the facts other than just reading them off of a board, and implement those convenient things in their life to make it better? Not many really.
In some places of the world, some of the fastest metro trains are not just used for transport between cities, but as the main means of transport between countries and also as normal everyday transport. This translates that the countries having eye-popping population levels can relax a little when it comes to completely secure travel.
With most big airports built on the outskirts of central cities, metro trains are used almost everywhere in the globe to shuttle to and from the airport. When depended on flights, even short distances tend to take more time. The metro trains on the other hand, take much lesser time, enabling traveling to be a smooth experience. Passengers on a high-speed train may thus complete their journey in less time than it would take by air. Hence, metro trains can easily compete with airliners for passenger on-runs up to about 500 miles, roughly translated into 800 kilometers.
In heavily populated places of living, the metro trains might as well be considered a boon: half of the usual commuters’ flow might use the trains, which makes large-scale transport less congested. In spite of the initial scruples and high investment costs, on the long run, the metro is on a very safe bank. That is to say, there is no need for a separate and specifically large area required for their operation; where the usual road transport plies, so do the Metro trains but in an elevated rail track, probably as high as fly-overs. This clearly shows that it does not interfere with flow of traffic around where it operates, again saving many resources and cutting costs.
Metro trains might as well be termed as the theme for this century; they are fast, and extremely rapid—just like our present situation which makes us skeptical when wondering whether what exists here today might even be present as a light trace for tomorrow or not.
With all that said and with two lines of the Namma Metro open for use in Bengaluru, where does it stand? For the developers and industrialists who have pooled in big money, it is not really a disappointment for large crowds turn up for a good period of time soon after inauguration for a just a feel of the ride, and there is raking in of much money. Rather than a much used everyday mode of transport, it has turned into a tourism spot. Then again, there are those for whom the metro trains are like a prayer answered. A conclusion cannot be reached at the moment as the concept of this train is still a novelty, and only time will tell if the true idea behind the inception of the metro trains in Bengaluru has really been achieved or not.