Bangalore metro ready to carry 80,000 a day: Metro Chief

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Bangalore, Sep 3: Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) chief N Sivasailam on Friday, Sep 2 said that the metro is apt to carry as many as 80,000 people a day.

Addressing the media at Vidhana Soudha he said "We expect 30,000 to 35,000 people every day on the Metro. But police tell us they estimate that 60,000 people will take a ride every day. While there are different estimates, the Metro is ready to take in around 80,000 people."

He talked to the media after Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda launched the Namma metro travel card, toll free number and website.

Sivasailam also said that initial first two to four month the ridership will be in high because of the novelty factor and same time it could go down once the novelty factor lost. He also added that "The train is new and people will want a ride. The novelty will last at least four months. In this time, we expect 35,000 people every day, but we are prepared for 80,000."

"We've assessed that even with 30,000 to 35,000 passengers per day, we would be breaking even on daily operations and maintenance. We have to see how the ridership turns out," Sivasailam said.

The minimum fare of Rs.10 and maximum of Rs 15 had been fixed taking in consideration its economic and cost factor for Reach 1.

"The proposed Rs 7 as minimum fare was an estimate made in 2003. The cost conditions have changed since then and the present fare will ensure viability of the Metro."

"All reaches of the Metro will be ready by 2013-end, even the underground stretches. The next line Reach-3 on the northern line will be thrown open in December 2012. All civil works are nearing completion except in Peenya Industrial Estate where a basement building has to be handled differently and is taking time," Sivasailam said. "Underground work along 250 meters has been completed smoothly. It will be complete in 2013."

He also said metro parking will be only at Byappanahalli and Old Madras Road stations.

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