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Metro Green Line to chug off tentatively on June 1; BMTC gets jittery

Metro Green Line to chug off tentatively on June 1; BMTC gets jittery

Shrivibhavana   ¦    May 19, 2017 01:37:02 PM (IST)

Bengaluru: Highly anticipated, yet much-delayed Namma Metro Green Line, which connects Majestic, Yesvantpur, KR Market and other highly dense areas of Bengaluru city will be thrown open to on June 1.

Metro Green Line to chug off tentatively on June 1; BMTC gets jittery-1According to the highly placed sources in the BMRCL, Railway Safety Commissioner has issued required permission to launch the service and they are only waiting for appointments of union minister Venkaiah Naidu and others for the launch of this service.

While the BMRCL is waiting with baited breath to launch the line, which is billed off as lifeline of Bengaluru, the news of commissioning of the service has left the BMTC uncomfortable.

It is said that the BMTC had lost 15 per cent of the revenue when the Purple Line was started and with the Green Line becoming operational, it is likely to lose another 15 per cent.

All in all the BMTC is all set to lose upon 30 per cent of its revenue, say sources as the line connects North Bengaluru, South Bengaluru and West Bengaluru.

As per statistic, once the Green Line is thrown open, the number of daily commuters of Namma Metro is expected to cross four lakh mark.

"Presently 1.20 to 1.80 lakh passengers are using the purple line. Green line will be the lifeline of city as it connects Majestic, KR Market and Yesvantpur which are visited by around 18 lakh people every day," officer in BMRCL explained.

With this, it is said that the BMTC has already worked out a an alternative revenue module to adjust the revenue and also combat the onslaught of the Green Line.