Bengaluru: The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has decided to reduce the frequency of metro trains from Thursday.

The decision has been made after analysing the travel pattern of commuters and to follow the social distance norms.

 At present, trains operate at five-minute frequency during peak hours and 10 minutes during non-peak hours. From October 22, it will be at a frequency of 5 to 12 minutes.

From September 7, when Bengaluru metro resumed operations, trains have been arriving at five-minute intervals between 8am and 11am and 4:30pm and 7:30pm. During the rest of the day, trains were operated at 10-minute intervals.

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However, from Thursday, the frequency will be at six minutes during the 8- 9 am and 10- 11am slots and 4:30 -5:30pm and 6:30-8pm slots. It will further stretch to 12 minutes during the off-peak hours, according to the press release released by the BMRCL

On Sundays and general holidays, trains will run at eight-minute intervals in the 10am-12pm and 5-7pm slots. For the rest of the day, it will run at a 12-minute interval, BMRCL added.

Additional trains from select metro stations will be operated in case of any surge in travel demand.  

In the press release the BMRCL mentions that post lockdown the number of commuters has increased from 4000 passengers to 50,000 passengers now.