Vinay Baindur yanivbin at gmail.com
Tue May 16 23:51:52 CDT 2017


By Suchith Kidiyoor, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Updated: May 15, 2017, 11.18

[image: Shivajinagar: Hello Metro station, goodbye playground]
BMRCL will acquire a part of this playground to build the Metro station
near Shivajinagar bus stand
As part of the Phase II, an underground Metro station will come up near
Shivajinagar bus stand. A popular playground will pay the price this time

After Majestic, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) geared
up to extend the service to another major bus stop in the city —

As part of the phase II, an underground metro station will come up near the
bus stand. The BMRCL is already in the process of procuring land for the

At present, the BMTC operates 3,200 trips from the bus stops serving more
than 50,000 passengers.

A source from BMRCL said that infrastructure has been mapped for the first
seven metro stations and process is on to acquire the properties. As far as
Shivajinagar is concerned, the metro station will acquire a part of a

BMRCL will also acquire a portion of the school building. Once the project
is completed, the BMRCL will restore the playground and build a new school
building. BMRCL has intimidated BBMP about the plan.

Anwar, who plays cricket on the playground said, “We are unaware of the
Metro project. We hope they allow us to play during the construction time.
There are hardly any playgrounds left in the city.”

Thinking about the bigger picture, a BMTC official said, “After Majestic
and K R Market, Shivajinagar is one of the major bus-stand in the city.
Despite space constrains, number of bus operations are increasing every
year. Thus, linking the metro and bus station will help the passengers.”

At present, the BMRCL has built one of its major metro intersection station
at Majestic. The station was partially opened for the commercial operations
last year. The BMRCL has also built a underground station near K R Market
bus stand. There is a proposal to link the bus station and metro station.

*BMRCL to build parking lots at six Metro stations*

*Metro commuters on the North South Corridor need not worry about the
parking facilities.Wihle the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited
(BMRCL) is all set to start commercial operation on the remaining North
South Corridor, it will also provide parking facilities for passengers at
six metro stations. The space, across the stations, will accomodate 1,700
bikes and over 100 cars. Parking facilities will be avaibale at National
College, Jayanagara, RV Road, Banashankari, JP Nagar and Yelechanahalli
metro stations While National College Metro Station will accomodate 452
bikes and 54 cars, Yelachanahalli will contauin 400 bikes and 58 cars. The
tender issued by the BMRCL states that, it will cost Rs 30 for car and jeep
for the first four hours and Rs 10 for subsequent hours A maximum of Rs 60
will be charged in a day. The cost of parking a two-wheeler will be Rs 15
for first four hours and Rs. 5 for subsequent hours with a max cap of Rs 30
in a day.*
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