How to switch trains at Majestic Metro Station?
- Only 20 to 30 seconds to switch lines.
- Six entry gates at Kempegowda Station.
- Platform 1,2 for Byappanahalli, 3, 4 for Nagasandra and Yelachenahalli.
- No fine for getting on to wrong train. Can return and take the right train.
- Tickets can be purchased at any station of Green-Purple Lines.
The biggest Metro Station in India, Kempegowda Station at Majestic, is designed to shift lines to catch trains going in different directions. Commuters can change Green and Purple lines here to travel to the north, south, east and west directions.
The Station is named as Interchange Station and is 30 feet below the road level. It is designed to handle 1 lakh commuters daily. Being huge, the commuters may be confused in the beginning how to shift lines. Here are the details:
The Kempegowda Station will have 6 entry gates. Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station side (West), Upparpet Police Station side (South), Sangam Theatre side (East), Majestic Bus stand side (North). Civil works for two more gates from railways station and Chikka Lalbagh side are underway.
All 6 gates open into the huge area and commuters have to decide here which way they have to go. The Purple Line commuters to go to Byappanahalli or Nayandahalli will have to go to platform 1 at 1st floor or take the steps or elevators and go down to platform2. Platform 1 for trains that go to Byappanahalli and Platform 2 for Mysore Road.
For Green Line, to go to Nagasandra or Yelachenahalli, get down one more floor and go to platform 3 or 4. Platform 3 for going to Nagasandra and 4 for going to Yelachenahalli.
To go from Bengaluru North to East, or from East to North, shift Purple and Green Lines. Commuters on Green Line coming from Nagasandra or Yelachenahalli should get down from 3rd phase and go to Platform 1 or 2 on 1st floor. Those coming from Yelachenahalli and Nayandahalli should go to 3rd phase and shift trains.
Huge indicator boards are put up at all platforms and are easy to follow. Guides are also appointed to help new commuters. Metro MD Pradeep Singh Kharola has clarified that fine will not be imposed on commuters who take wrong trains out of confusion.
The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was supposed to inspect the station and Green Line on Wednesday. However, he could not make it and the program got cancelled at the last minute. He will inspect on Thursday. Kharola has also clarified that there will not be an escalation in rates as of now. The rates will be published on Thursday, he said. The first trip after the President’s inauguration will be for invitees and media persons, he said.