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Connectivity to Satellite Bus-stand is a big attraction
City residents are discovering new ways in which they can use the Metro to cut down on their daily commute. With better connectivity to City railway station and Satellite Bus-stand on Mysuru Road, those residing in the east, travelling towards cities in Kerala, Madikeri and other destinations to which buses depart from Mysuru Road are now considering the Metro as the foremost option for their travel.
The Satellite Bus-stand on Mysuru Road has a number of services for those travelling to these destinations. Currently, people who travel by private travels have to board their buses from Madiwala or other pick-up points around the city. Now, they can alight at the Deepanjali Nagar station from where the bus-stand is a short walk.
However, the luggage restrictions on the Metro make it impractical for long journeys, say many. “If I am going home for a few days and travelling with a small rucksack, this is a good option. However, I have been told that big suitcases are not allowed on the Metro,” said Joji James, a resident of Banaswadi.
Metro officials say that the connectivity to railway stations and bus-stands is to encourage daily commuters and not those leaving on long journeys. “Currently, if the bag fits into our scanners, we allow it to be carried,” BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola had said recently.
Others argue that it would not be right to use the metro for such commutes. “The idea is for people travelling daily to the city and back from outlying areas to use the metro. If people carry huge bags, it will become a problem for others. Another issue will be last-mile connectivity where those with luggage will have to hire an auto to and from the station,” said U.A. Vasanth Rao, spokesperson, BMRCL.
From: The Hindu