Namma Metro is a Geek train

You can drink your coffee without spilling a drop: that’s how stable the Bangalore Metro will be.

On October 20, when South India’s first Metro chugs in, the journey will be one that has used a wide range of the latest technologies used by metro rail systems worldwide. “The Bangalore Metro, in terms of technology, is comparable to any metro rail system in the world — in Europe, USA or China — and is even ahead of some of them,” BMRCL MD N Sivasailam told TOI.

Sivasailam said Bangalore Metro runs on the ballast less track system used by 70% of the world’s metros. In layman’s language, this means the track does not require stones used on traditional broad gauge track systems to build the track and run the train, as the load is lower than that of a conventional train. The tracks are laid on a concrete slab after assessing the engineering factors. Stones on the conventional track help in balanced construction, while in metro systems concrete slabs are enough,” he said.

The advantages of ballastless (stoneless) track systems are faster travel, longer lifecycle of the track, ride comfort, and no maintenance. Even at speeds of over 300km/h, your coffee will stay in your cup.


The Bangalore Metro is standard gauge, a system used by most metros worldwide. Narrower than the broad gauge, it allows for greater manoeuvrability, easy ride along curves, laying of tracks even on narrow stretches and control. The standard gauge has a track width of 4ft, 8.5inches, or 1,435mm, while the Indian broad gauge is 5ft, 6inches, or 1,676mm.


The rolling stock (coaches/cars) are three stainless steel-bodied wagons. Though equipped with automated functions, the train will be under the driver’s control. The seating capacity per train is approximately 1,000, giving more floor area to standing passengers.

The coaches are world-class, manufactured by Hyundai Rotem Korea and Mitsubishi Electric Company. BEML has the licence to manufacture the coaches in Bangalore. While Mitsubishi supplied the traction for the coaches, Hyundai Rotem supplied the rolling stock and BEML the coaches.


Electricity for the train will run on a third rail next to the main track. It has an opening at the bottom at certain points from where the train draws its power. The third rail is covered with a yellow shroud, and a person falling on the track won’t be electrocuted. ABB will design, supply, instal and commission four substations to receive and distribute electricity at 66/33 kV, as well as auxiliary and traction substations.
ABB will also provide an integrated network management, or SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system to monitor and control the installations.


Cameras will be installed inside the train as well as stations, and people’s movements will be monitored by an operations control centre at Byappanahalli. In case of any help or emergency, the control room will be able to see what went wrong.

Trains will be Wi-Fi enabled, so passengers can use laptops, tablets as well as mobile internet.Passengers will also have emergency voice communication with train staff through a speaker system. Passengers can press a call button to communicate anything urgent to the driver or control centre. Help will be at hand at the next station.

The integrated control centre will have direct communication with trains and stations which will be CCTV-fitted with visual and audio service information. Bangalore Metro also has automatic train supervision, protection and operation systems – if there’s a train on the same track ahead, the approaching train will sense it and come to a halt at a safe distance.

BMRCL officials told TOI the only aspect that could have been automated but was not, was the opening and closing of doors. “We felt the driver needs to be alert. If everything is automated, the driver need not be in the train. So we’ve manually given the driver the option to open and close doors,” they said.

Ticketing, too, is completely automated with just a swipe of the ticket, token or card at a particular point near the entry and exit, enabling the gates to open and close.,curpg-2.cms

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Engineering students in Bangalore to design metro feeder services

Four engineering students will design a feeder bus service for the Namma Metro. They will use the latest technologies like satellite imaging, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) to plan the routes.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is geared up to provide feeder services once Namma Metro commences operations, by deploying 64 buses on 26 feeder routes at a frequency of 10 minutes, said Transport Minister R. Ashok. Speaking at a press meet, Ashok said that buses will be operated to various localities up to 12 km from each metro station. These feeder services will operate to and from six stations on Reach 1 of Namma Metro between Byappanahalli and M.G. Road.

Also a group of transport engineering students have been commissioned to design a seamless feeder network to the Metro from different parts of the city to enable commuters to move from one transport system to another without any hitch. The design will be ready just ahead of the transport system getting underway. Post-graduate students from BMS and RV College of Engineering have been commissioned to undertake it under the guidance of BMRC, BMTC and overall coordination of the Department of Urban Land Transport.

The students are planning to design a system that will integrate Metro with BMTC, KSRTC and Railways. Commuters disembarking at Metro stations should be able to catch buses to different bus stands and railway stations within the city as well as to major points leading to residential areas. “The study will determine the number of buses required. It will factor in existing travelling density, how each Metro station is located vis-a-vis the destination location, stations that enable connectivity and distances over which buses have to be operated,” Said the urban development department officials.

The BMTC, meanwhile, has tentatively planned to introduce 1,000 buses as feeder services to the Metro during the night. These buses will be available for commuters between 11pm and 12.30am from different Metro stations to a variety of residential localities directly and via central points. Buses are expected to operate to central points like Majestic, Shivaji Nagar, K R Market and Jayanagar. Some key locations to which passenger flow post-10 pm is high are Kengeri, Vijayanagar, Nagarbhavi, Banashankari, Jayanagar, Yelahanka, K R Puram and Marathalli. Services to these areas from stations will get priority along with new localities that may also have high passenger flow once Metro begins.

Features of feeder service

1. Network alignment is worked out using GIS with up to four loops for each station
2. The routes are within 1.5 km radius from the stations
3. Buses will be available every five to 10 min
4. Travel time will be from 10 to 20 minutes
5. Bus stops are located between 300 metres and 750 metres from stations
6. Speed of the bus will be 40 km/hr
7. Emergency management provides users of Namma Metro access to hospitals, fire stations and police stations

Have a tune? Namma Metro might just be interested

BANGALORE: Create a signature tune for Namma Metro and win a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., (BMRCL).

The commercial launch of Metro operations is scheduled for December.

BMRCL has invited entries from the public as well as companies for the creation of signature tunes for its exclusive use on-location, studio, outdoor and indoor, corporate assignments as well as for editorial applications, interviews and presentations.

Each participant may provide up to four signature tunes with eight-track recording. The tunes should not exceed four seconds and should preferably be in MP3 audio format.

Entries may be submitted to the Chief Public Relations Officer, BMRCL, 3rd floor, BMTC Complex, K.H. Road, Shanthinagar, Bangalore-560027, or email

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