Bengaluru: The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) is putting in place more measures to ensure the safety of passengers travelling on the metro trains.
The corporation has started to fix wide panel boards to bridge the gap between the train door and platform so that the commuters don’t trip and fall while boarding and alighting the trains.
The panel boards, which were first installed at the Mysuru Road station on an experimental basis, were well received by one and all, and the BMRC decided to expand this facility to the remaining 39 stations. The passengers are of the opinion that there is more safety after panels were fixed.
Many accidents were recently reported where in the passengers’ feet got stuck in the gap between the platform and train, and in some stations the gap is close to six inches posing great risk to children and others. The BMRC decided to go for panel boards as no one was heeding to the warnings sounded relating to this issue.
The corporation has informed that the commuters should be at a safe distance from the platform as the panels could only be a safety cover for the gap between the train door and platform and not the remaining portion of the train.
More trains during rush hour
The BMRC will be running trains every three minutes during the rush hour between 9 am and 10.30 am on the Majestic-Baiyappanahalli route. The frequency of the trains has been increased as 11 loop services would be connecting stations on the route on the purple line that links eastern, western and central areas of Bengaluru. Besides, three trains with six coaches would help meet the passenger rush during the morning hours. But metro trains will be running only at a five-minute frequency on the Majestic-Mysuru Road route on the purple line during the rush hour in the morning; earlier the frequency was four minutes.