Electronics City Could Get Bengaluru’s First Metro Neo Network | Bangalore News
Metro Neo is an overhead electric traction trolleybus system, which runs on elevated cement roads or at ground level.
Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (ELCITA) plans to create a 4km Metro Neo network connecting two upcoming stations on the yellow line (RV Road-Bommasandra) and businesses for last mile connectivity. Before Covid-19, around 1.1 lakh of people traveled to Electronics City for work daily.
“Providing safe access to metro stations and integrating a food service with a ‘station accessibility plan’ can help maximize transit ridership, create universal streets, provide affordable travel options and create dynamic public spaces that generate economic development opportunities for the resort area, ”a document prepared by ELCITA said, explaining why the initiative was taken.
“Therefore, for the next metro stations, ELCITA decided to explore a mass rapid system as a power supply that can seamlessly connect the offices of Electronics City to the metro system. In this regard, ELCITA commissioned a feasibility study in 2020 and a Metro Neo system was recommended as suitable ”, we read.
Electronics City’s IT parks are divided into Phase 1 (west) and Phase II (east). Phase I consists primarily of retail centers for electronic goods and services.
While the Bommasandra-Bommanahalli corridor on Hosur Road (yellow line) could be operational by December 2022, Bommanahalli-RV Road will not be ready until 2023. Electronics City and Infosys Foundation Konappana Agrahara (Electronics City – II) stations and other companies are expected to be connected via Metro Neo.
Officials said that Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions Pvt Ltd recently prepared a pre-feasibility report to adopt multimodal integrated transport system and light rail installation. A tender has been launched to produce a promotional video for ‘Metro Neo’ in E-City to engage with financial investors, government agencies and other local stakeholders.
“… Only a concept note is ready. It will mainly be an elevated network. There will be stations every 500m. Thus, approximately eight stations will connect Electronics City to the west and to the east. We will soon select a consultant to prepare a DPR, ”said a senior ELCITA official.
Metro Neo is expected to serve over 1.5 lakh of workers, especially IT professionals, working in Electronics City.
Rail enthusiast Pruthvin Reddy welcomed the decision. “It will solve last mile connectivity issues and reduce the number of personal vehicles. The same could also be replicated on the outer ring road for first and last stage connectivity, ”he said.
While Namma Metro’s elevated corridor costs around Rs 250 crore per km, Metro Neo will cost Rs 70 to Rs 80 crore per km. In fact, Nashik is planning two Metro Neo lines (32 km) at an estimated cost of Rs 2,100 crore.
The free bus service is a success
In 2019, ELCITA introduced a free shuttle service between E-City Phases 1 and 2. The facility that had been suspended due to the pandemic resumed Monday. Currently, two of the six buses are running. “Employees who want to use this service must scan the QR (Employee ID) code before getting on and off a bus. All vehicles are equipped with GPS and CCTV cameras. Passengers can follow the buses through the ELCITA Citizen app, ”said an official from ELCITA.