According to sources starting monday, a total of 18 six car trains will run on the Nagasandra-Yelachenahalli route or the Green Line of bengaluru Metro as four more trains have been added to the fleet. Meanwhile with this, the metro rail authorities said that 97% of all 88 round trips during weekdays on the Green Line will be met by six-coach trains. Furthermore until june 2018, all Namma Metro trains plying in the city consisted of three coaches with a total capacity of 975 passengers at a given time and the six-car train, in comparison, can accommodate as many as 2,000 passengers.
Furthermore the addition of bigger trains will bring much-needed relief to the commuters of the Green Line, especially during the peak hours. Further the Purple Line (Baiyappanahalli to Mysuru Road) has been running 18 six-car trains since september 2019. Perhaps metro authorities added they are likely to meet the march 2020 deadline to ready 12 more six-car trains for the two lines and the first compartment is reserved for women in all six-car trains. The additional capacity is also expected to increase the average daily ridership of the bengaluru metro, which is now below the 5 lakh mark across the Purple and Green Lines.
Moreover according to a section of activists, there was a delay in deploying six car trains due to improper planning by the metro authority as cost estimates were only made accounting for three car trains in the initial stage. Meanwhile the initial cost was borne by the state and Union government equally, the additional expenditure to acquire more six-car trains or upgrade existing the rakes to six-car trains were only provided by the state government, which led to the delay.