Namma Metro has lost about 11,000 commuters owing to absence of last-mile connectivity, lack of parking near stations.
It has reported a fall in ridership in its operations on the two so-far-functional reaches, Baiyappanahalli-MG Road and Peenya Industrial estate-Swastik Sampige Road.
According to audit reports, metro on both these reaches, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has incurred losses to the tune of Rs 33.12 crore in the financial year 2014-15. That’s 26.75 per cent more than losses incurred during the previous financial year.
Many reasons have led to poor response for Namma Metro commercial operations.
First, BMRCL has failed to connect the Metro with Majestic, an important transport hub in the city. It has missed out several promises in the past and now the deadline has been extended to March 2016.
Two, there is no last mile connectivity at the metro stations.
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) went back on its promise to provide feeder services from and to the Metro stations owing to financial burden.
Three, passengers find it difficult to park their private vehicles in the vicinity of the Metro stations as there are no convenient parking facilities available.
Audit reports by the BMRCL for the financial year 2014-15 states that there has been a decrease of 8.39 percent in ridership compared to ridership of 2013-14 of 17,833 on MG Road-Baiyappanahalli route.
On Peenya Industrial Estate-Swastik Sampige Road reach, the average per day ridership decreased by 38.42 percent compared with the 2013-14 average ridership of 24,606.