It's been an uphill journey for Bangaloreans ever since the Metro rail project was announced in 2005.
The Garden City was dug up four years ago to build the first metro line in southern India. The historical Boulevard Street on M G Road is surely being missed by the city, but the news of Namma Metro being ready to launch has definitely silenced the critics.
When the commercial service of the Metro began at 4pm on Thursday, I joined the long queue for tickets at 4.10 pm. There were people from all walks of life in front of me, behind and next to me.
Bangaloreans seemed extremely glad, as if it was their personal dream project. After a long wait of 45 minutes, I entered the M.G. Road Terminal to witness the beauty of the rail. It is grand, it is clean and it sure seems like it is going to provide relief to those who have a long commute daily.
Text : By Monica Patel/Content Shop
Image: Officials prepare the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation's Namma metro train for its inaugural run in Bangalore on October 20, 2011.