The Namma Metro network in Bengaluru is set for a significant expansion and multiple new lines will be made operational in the near future. According to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) Managing Director Anjum Parwez, they are on track to complete 175 km of Metro network in the city by June 2025.
Now, a ‘Metro Map 2025’ designed by a city resident has got wide attention on internet. The “schematic representation” of Namma Metro network was created by a software developer Nihar Thakkar by compiling the now-operational and upcoming metro stretches in the city.
“Transit mapping is a pretty interesting process, especially finding the right balance between geographic accuracy and clear geometry along with legibility for users. Highlighting options for multi-modal transfers is critical to the success of any city’s transit map. While many of these sections should open by 2025, there will certainly be those that don’t,” Thakkar wrote on Twitter.
The map got wide attention on social media several people including Lok Sabha MP from Bengaluru Central PC Mohan.
Basavaraj Bommai-led BJP government has allocated Rs 2500 crore in the recently-presented state budget for ongoing projects of Namma Metro for the financial year 2023-2024. BMRC will operationalise over 40 km of new Metro route during this period, the chief minister told the Assembly in February.
BMRCL recently opened the Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield line. Three other stretches, Kengeri to Challaghatta and RV Road to Bommasandra and Nagasandra to BIEC sections will be opened in the coming months.
Explaining the city’s future of mobility at the Bengaluru Tech Summit in November last year, Parvez said as part of the second and third phase of the project, Bengaluru will have 314 km of metro rail connectivity by 2041.