Mahatma Gandhi Road metro station (Bangalore)

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Mahatma Gandhi Road
Namma Metro station
Namma Metro Station.jpg
MG Road Station at night
Location M.G. Road, Bangalore
Coordinates 12°58′32″N 77°36′25″E / 12.975536°N 77.606830°E / 12.975536; 77.606830Coordinates: 12°58′32″N 77°36′25″E / 12.975536°N 77.606830°E / 12.975536; 77.606830
Operated by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL)
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes[1]
History
Opened 20 October 2011
Services
Preceding station   Namma Metro   Following station
Purple Line
toward Mysore Road

Mahatma Gandhi Road, commonly referred to by the abbreviation MG Road, is a station on the Purple Line of the Namma Metro in Bangalore, India. It was constructed by Punj Lloyd[2] and opened to the public on 20 October 2011.[3] The station MG Road has a bicycle stand next to the Urban Square, from where commuters can rent cycles.[4]

Boulevard[edit]

The old MG Road boulevard was demolished to build Namma Metro.[5] The reconstruction work was contracted to Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation and Karnataka Land Army Corporation. The deadline for completion was fixed as March 2012. However, the work was delayed when the ground was found to be unstable and had to be reinforced.[6]

The new boulevard cost 50 million (US$780,000) and portions of it were inaugurated on 5 September 2012. It spreads across 850 square metres.[7]

Further plans include a two-tier walkway with a museum, art gallery, amphitheatre and children's play area located on the ground floor. The first floor of the walkway will lead to the first floor/concourse of the metro station and both floors will be equipped with internationally designed toilets. The area where the dummy coach is parked will have ramps leading up to the boulevard.[8]

Gandhi Centre[edit]

BMRCL plans to open an exhibition of the life of Mahatma Gandhi on one floor of the station. It was scheduled to open in 2013.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Now, hop off Metro and take cycle". Times of India. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Punj Lloyd to build more Metro stations". Deccan Herald. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bangalore's Diwali gift ready – ‘Namma Metro’". Zee News. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Metro to showcase Gandhi". Deccan Herald. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "MG Road boulevard back in 2012". The Times of India. 12 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Loose soil delays boulevard work". The Times of India. 26 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "MG Road Metro station gets boulevard with fountain". The Asian Age. 6 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Boulevard going through finishing touches: Sivasailam". The Times of India. 4 February 2013.