Sunday, June 25, 2017

First ride in Namma Metro

One possible walking route from Brigade Gardenia to Yelachenallai Metro (2.1 km)

The Green Line was launched and I was waiting for an opportunity to jump into Namma Metro.
Finally the opportunity came in one afternoon when I had a meeting in MG Road.
Google Map helped locate Yelachenahalli to be about 2 Kms from Brigade gardenia in JP Nagar 7th phase. Took the following route to walk to the metro. Heard that parking situation was pathetic and did not have will to negotiate with autowallahs.

Turned left on on Kanakapura road and realised that Metro station was on right. Then with spring in feet started moving towards the source station.
Suddenly had encounter with two well built eunuch who blocked my way, one bypassed by sending a gesture, other one pinched beside shoulder, gave an abuse as I refused to pay them. Why can’t they work hard and make a decent living instead of wasting life with sexual innuendoes?

Stepped into Yelachenahalli station after a security person frisking me for God knows what. Stood in the ticket queue.

Yellachennahalli metro station

Had read in newspaper about ticket queues being very long and a varshik card which gave discount (12.5%) on every ride. So when the turn came in bought one. If you specify a top up of INR 200 then they will charge you INR 250, guess INR 50 is fees for card.

Metro arriving on Yellachennahalli station

So far had built the assumption that green line goes directly to MG road and was confused on the platform so enquired with security lady there, she was kind enough to explain that you will have to change over in Majestic as trains here go directly to Nagasandra. At Majestic I will have to get one going to Baiyappanahalli.
A metro was incoming on other platform and had a lady driver. The security person explained that it will come back on this platform after changing tracks.

Finally in the metro

Joy was bubbling from within and I was on selfie mode. There was another family with young girl who was also in photo shoot mood.
The person next to me was smiling and the elderly gentleman on other side was sitting facing his beloved and displaying his back to me for long time.
The view from top was awesome with streaks of trees on RV road.
The metro went underground around Chickpet and then I alighted at Majestic. Then the mad rush begun to find out the next platform to catch train to Baiyappanahalli. After taking a series of escalators and almost reaching exit of station and with continous support of security personals manning each escalators and helping passengers with direction reached the platform.
Then saw the video of how to enter and exit from the metro. Got down at Trinity. Walked to opposite direction from where I was supposed to go and then had to return back. Crossing the road is real pain on MG Road.

Back to return journey. Now being a veteran of one trip sailed to the correct platform in no time. There the security lady was helping people stand in queue as it was shown in the video.
So the idea is for the passengers to come out in straight line to alight. Passengers getting in come in two queues from either side of the gate. The security lady was urging people not to run here and there in train and find a seat in their direction only.

Security lady urging people to form and maintain queue discipline

It was interesting to see people of all backgrounds, age and gender being taught the queue civic sense by a fragile young security lady.
I was first in queue and was scared that people may push me on track but when Metro arrived only one person broke the queue from the side and rest followed through.
This time no luck to get sitting view so enjoyed the view outside standing and taking support of sturdy steel pipes overhead.
There were a bunch of youths on left hand side and one of them was standing in front of couple of girls on right hand side. And some form of light eve teasing was on with the left set of boys commenting on the right boy and leading into useless laughter. The girls glued to their mobile all the while.
It was heartening to see a young lady with kid giving seat to an old man with too much in his hands. The techie beside with seat was too late to offer his seat. Young ones were accommodated in between the those with seats. The techie compensated by offering his mobile services to some query from old man.

Walking route from Yelachenahalli to Brigade gardenia (1.9km)

Got down at Yelachenahalli and took the other route to walk back. It had rained and was a challenge to find an agreeable footpath amongst other users of the road.
Loved the first Namma Bengaluru Metro ride. Its a boon to all having offices in central or eastern or northern part of city and residing in south Bangalore.
Thank you Namma Metro :-).
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