BANGALORE: There has been never such a crowd at the M G Road in the recent times. It seems that the Metro train is Bangalore’s latest tourist spot.
A day after BMRC had allowed public viewing of the Metro model coach which was stationed on M G Road, Bangalore there was a rush on Sunday to the place. There were at least 5 traffic policemen on duty to manage the traffic. Many visitors parked cars just next to the Metro track despite police warning.
The excitement could not have been missed. People had come from all over the city to get a glimpse of the mock-up train. Many posed in front of the train and captured photographs. They also touched the coach to get a feel of it, held the handle and stood near the footboard as if they were on the move.
Some of them peeped into the driver’s cabin for checking the technical aspects. All the visitors touched the glass pane despite the notice-`Do not keep your hands on the glass’.
It was a miscellaneous crowd. “I have been on trains. But the `Metro feeling’ is different. I am looking forward to travelling in it,” said 12-year-old Jeremy C I.
Many school students rushed to the spot immediately after their classes. “Now, the feel of Bangalore being a true metropolis is slowly emerging. It all depends on how people use it. There was similar excitement when Volvo buses started plying,” said Madhukiran R, XII student of St John’s High School.
Even expats seemed excited about the “new friend in town”. “We have subways in Korea; travelling was so easy there. I hope it would be the same here,” said Jeesoo Park, a Korean.
“I am waiting for the Metro to expand to other parts of the city. Then I can get rid of my bike and travel by Metro,” said Prasanna Kumar, a techie.