Posts Tagged ‘Bangalore Metro’

A bird’s-eye view of Metro through fish-eye lens

13 February 2014

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A panoramic view of the ongoing metro project near the Krishnarajendra (KR) market in Bangalore. In the background is the Victoria hospital. (Click on the picture to view a larger frame.)

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The complete Namma Metro photo portfolio

Do glaciers move faster than Bangalore Metro?

22 October 2013

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Two years on, and M.G. Road to Byappanahalli is still the only metro link in Bangalore that is up and running. Elsewhere, like here opposite the Vidhana Soudha and High Court, as Bangaloreans wind their way around boards and barricades with a frown on their faces and a curseword on their lips, it appears as if Namma Metro is a project in perpetuity with a deadline schedule all its own. A bit like M.S. Ramaiah‘s famous buildings.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: Why on earth does Bangalore metro look so ugly?

Also view: The complete namma metro photo portfolio

What lies beneath the soil millions have walked

22 August 2013

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The Vidhana Soudha, buitt during chief minister Kengal Hanumanthaiah‘s time, may be Bangalore’s most famous building, but in the mind’s eye of the common Kannadiga, it is an area named after a movie hall that bears the greatest resonance.

“Majestic” is where the main railway and bus stations in Bangalore are located, disgorging people from near and far across the State into the big city’s bowel.

The last big construction was during the late R. Gundu Rao‘s time, when the Kempe Gowda bus station was built. As the innards of an iconic area are excavated for the metro rail project, the mind boggles to see how much longer is it going to take.

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The namma Metro photo portfolio

Pay attention. You’ll soon be zipping through it.

7 March 2013

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It gets dark and it sounds different when the Bangalore metro passes through a tunnel from the arts college towards the civil court. But before that happens, some worthy souls need to wade through slush and mud and steel,  as one of them did in Bangalore, on Thursday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The Namma Metro photo portfolio

What goes on behind the boards at Minsk Square

4 February 2013

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It is difficult not to get exasperated while negotiating the bottlenecks that the metro rail project in Bangalore creates every morning. But few, if any, have the time or the inclination to see what’s happening behind those green and white barricades, as here at Minsk Square, behind the general post office, on Monday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The namma metro photo portfolio

If only you could do this to the Vidhana Soudha…

8 January 2013

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Photographers at tourist spots like the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal prod visitors to pinch their fingers in such a way as to make it seem as if you are lifting the gigantic monument. The cranes of the metro rail project do the needful for the cameras opposite the intrigue-filled Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Monday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The Namma Metro photo portfolio

All that glitters is not always what you think it is

2 October 2012

Not a gold mine, just work afoot on the Namma Metro project at Minsk Square in Bangalore on Monday evening.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The namma Metro photo portfolio

Since government work alone is not god’s work

27 September 2012

Some of Bangalore’s hardest working men, workers on the Namma Metro project, take a breather near the Vidhana Soudha, the headquarters of some of Karnataka’s you-know-who.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The complete Namma Metro portfolio

Several feet under, a few tired feet up at mid-day

26 June 2012

As the world zooms around them, seemingly unaware and unmindful of their sweat and toil, workers of the Namma Metro project catch a breath at their worksite at the Kempe Gowda bus station in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The complete Namma Metro photo portfolio

Hydrogen, oxygen and a world of difference

23 April 2012

As a mini-City gets built in front of (and under) the temporary address of those who shamelessly glug water out of bottles when millions of those who elected them go thirsty, a Metro worker lugs a can to quench the parched tongues of his heroic colleagues toiling away silently.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The complete Namma Metro portfolio

The way to the top is never very easy or smooth

8 November 2011

It doesn’t look half as messy when it is ready to ride. But there’s more below the escalator than meets the eye, as workers on the Namma Metro project slog away on R.V. Road, in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News 

Also view: The complete Namma Metro photo portfolio

As they say, ‘Picture abhi baaki hain, dost’

28 October 2011

Namma Metro is here, but it is not the full thing; in fact, it is not even ten per cent of the full thing. It was just the trailer. While eager-beavers cheerfully go through the “metro experience” on the jampacked M.G. Road-Byappanahalli stretch, work continues in a langurous sort of way in Yeshwanthpur.

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: After all, a metro station doesn’t open every day

After all, an airport doesn’t open/close every day

Pujaris, pudaris and the people on namma Metro

Namma Metro as a study of the Indian psychology

Also view: The complete Namma Metro photo portfolio

Namma Metro as a study of the Indian psychology

22 October 2011

Be it Delhi then or Bangalore now, there is something about the metro rail that seems to do something to us as a people. There is a sense of pride, a sense of ownership, a sense of participation—a sense of the “public”, like we are in this together—that instantly and inexplicably bursts forth and brims over.

Just what is responsible for this is not very clear or obvious.

It could be as simple as the plain relief that it promises from traffic hassles. Deeper down, it could also be the sense of awe at the accomplishment of something so neat, efficient, gigantic and useful—all in our midst, at the promised time and, what’s more, by our own countrymen and women.

The sense of “Yes, we can.”

Make no mistake, rare is the Delhiite or Bangalorean who hasn’t cursed the inconvenience caused by the construction of the metro or the delays. But once it rolls out, we do some very un-Indian things: we stand in line, we observe the rules (and glower at those who don’t), we cheer at it, we take part and proudly pose for pictures to say, “We were there”.

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News

Also readAfter all, a metro station doesn’t open every day

After all, an airport doesn’t open/close every day

Pujaris, pudaris and the people on namma Metro

Also viewThe complete Namma Metro photo portfolio

Pujaris, Pudaris & the People on Namma Metro

20 October 2011

Four years, six months and five days after work began on it, the first official train of Namma Metro rolls out, to the coconut shells of the priests, the wave of the politicians, and the throng of passengers and the press, through crowded M.G. Road and Ulsoor, in Bangalore on Thursday, 20 October 2011.

Apparently, it took 96,900 tonnes of cement; 33,400 tonnes of structural steel; 1,500 tonnes of hi-tension wire; 215,000 metres of electrical cables; 3000 workers and 300 workers for just the first 6.7 kms of the 108.66 route, spread over six stations, a distance that will be traversed in 14 minutes.

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: After all, a metro station doesn’t open every day

After all, an airport doesn’t open/close every day

Also viewThe complete Namma Metro photo portfolio

After all, a metro station doesn’t open every day

19 October 2011

On the night of the morning before Namma Metro rolls out, the M.G. Road station looks all decked up and ready to go as young and old file past to be a part of history in the making.

Well, it certainly won’t be inaugurated by you-know-who.

PhotographsN. Manjunath & Bhakthar BabuKarnataka Photo News 

Also read: After all, an airport doesn’t open/close every day

Also viewThe complete Namma Metro photo portfolio

Namma Metro as the metaphor of ‘Avara’ Avarice

20 September 2011

Illegal mining scams, denotification scams, land grabbing scams, site allotment scams….

For a State that makes much of its nela (land) and jala (water), it is no surprise that all the rapacious rats who have been caught with their half-pants down—B.S. Yediyurappa, H.D. Kumaraswamy, Katta Subramanya Naidu et al and, horror, the man who was supposed to read the rulebook to them, Justice Shivraj Patil—were literally living up to their “sons of the soil” appendage.

No surprise, then, that the temple of “god’s work”, the Vidhana Soudha, too should look shaken, ravaged and teetering on the brink, like any real estate project in town, as work proceeds apace on the Namma Metro project on Ambedkar Veedhi, in Bangalore on Monday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also view: The complete Namma Metro photo portfolio

Certainly won’t be inaugurated by Yediyurappa

25 August 2011

Even as Bangaloreans warm up to a new launch date, this time September, a Namma Metro train swerves towards KSCA stadium at Anil Kumble circle on M.G. Road, on a trial run in Bangalore on Thursday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: Why on earth does Bangalore Metro look so ugly?

At Anil Kumble circle, a sharp googly towards KSCA

Has the BJP lost all sense of shame in Karnataka?

23 July 2011

If a photograph is worth a thousand metaphors, this is it.

On the face of it, the cranes, the excavators and the barricades show the backbending work on the Bangalore Metro project that is going on quietly, relentlessly even while Bangaloreans blissfully whiz past it, unaware of the extent of the sweat and toil.

If you look at this picture differently, the mounds of soil, the deep trenches and the slush show how the mining scam is now at the doorstep of the temple of our democracy, the Vidhana Soudha, even while Kannadigas blissfully ignore its lasting damage.

The rape of the environment in Bellary, the role of the Reddys and other politicians in the loot, a complicit chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa (and a former CM H.D. Kumaraswamy), the shameless bid by BJP leaders such as Dhananjay Kumar to influence the Lok Ayukta to spare the CM, Justice Santosh Hegde‘s phone being tapped, an impotent BJP high command….

Nothing, it seems, shakes or shocks the Kannadiga any more as he sits down to watch his favourite murder-rape-kidnap megaserial after hogging a single idli-vade-sambar at the local darshini.

That is, after visiting his nearest mutt.

Which is why, perhaps, the tower named after a Kannadiga of unquestionable rectitude—Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya—seems to be hiding itself behind a christmas tree in shame and embarrassment, unable to watch what seems to be going on in the name of god’s work.

At the hands of god’s own party.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio

Why on earth does Bangalore Metro look so ugly?

If only someone could do this to save our State

“No free left” for residents of a famous highrise

Remember the helmets when it rains (or shines)

At Anil Kumble circle, a sharp googly to KSCA

In the darkness of night, a ray of light at 19:12:30 hours

The biggest day in the history of Bangalore?

Do not try this at home (if you have a few bogies)

From the BEML end, right arm over the wicket

The giant violin-box hanging above ‘Parades’

It’s still not here, but it’s already kind of here

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

On top down under, a tale of a work in progress

Why on earth does Bangalore Metro look so ugly?

7 July 2011

It is difficult for anybody who has seen or used the Delhi Metro to not wonder at how uninviting its Bangalore counterpart, or sections of it which are ready, is turning out to be. Admittedly, we are talking of two cities 2,500 kilometres adrift. And obviously Namma Metro is still a work in progress.

Still, the signs are all there that something is amiss (and these pictures, both shot in Bangalore on Thursday, provide some indication).

The obscene number of pillars, and the short span between them, as compared to Delhi; the slapdash job and finishing evident in the picture below; and the archtitectural mismatch that the Metro track presents with structures all around town, should leave an aesthete wondering.

Probably the topography and soil strength is different, requiring different strokes for different folks. Maybe the design and alignment of existing roads adds to the pressure. Maybe the Metro will look different in different parts of the City. Maybe by the time of the actual run, it will look neater, better. Maybe a few decent showers will clean up the mess.

Maybe.

But looking at pictures of the Namma Metro construction over a period of time, it is difficult to not wonder if, like the much-touted Bangalore international airport which has turned out to be a steel-and-glass cowshed compared to Delhi’s or Hyderabad’s new airports, is the Bangalore Metro showing similar signs of a ripoff in the name of public transport?

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio

If only someone could do this to save our State

“No free left” for residents of a famous highrise

Remember the helmets when it rains (or shines)

At Anil Kumble circle, a sharp googly to KSCA

In the darkness of night, a ray of light at 19:12:30 hours

The biggest day in the history of Bangalore?

Do not try this at home (if you have a few bogies)

From the BEML end, right arm over the wicket

The giant violin-box hanging above ‘Parades’

It’s still not here, but it’s already kind of here

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

On top down under, a tale of a work in progress

On top down under, a tale of a work in progress

24 May 2011

As the Namma Metro project takes shape in front of our eyes, two contrasting images from two contrasting locations in Bangalore. The first, from in front of the pristine Vidhana Soudha in the heart of the City on a rainy day, with the statue of B.R. Ambedkar barricaded, as work goes on underneath. And the second, from the chaos in Yeshwanthpur, with a million railway and electricity lines seemingly criss-crossing the track overhead.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio

If only someone could do this to save our State

“No free left” for residents of a famous highrise

Remember the helmets when it rains (or shines)

At Anil Kumble circle, a sharp googly to KSCA

In the darkness of night, a ray of light at 19:12:30 hours

The biggest day in the history of Bangalore?

Do not try this at home (if you have a few bogies)

From the BEML end, right arm over the wicket

The giant violin-box hanging above ‘Parades’

It’s still not here, but it’s already kind of here

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

If only someone could do this to save our State

15 May 2011

On a day when the disgraceful nataka in Karnataka got even more disgraceful—with god’s own party showing how bereft it is of ethics and values in clinging on to power for power’s sake—a crane at work on the Bangalore Metro project appears to do what many right-thinking people might like to do.

Which is, lift the Vidhana Soudha and….

Photograph: Manjunath N./ Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio

“No free left” for residents of a famous highrise

Remember the helmets when it rains (or shines)

At Anil Kumble circle, a sharp googly to KSCA

In the darkness of night, a ray of light at 19:12:30 hours

The biggest day in the history of Bangalore?

Do not try this at home (if you have a few bogies)

From the BEML end, right arm over the wicket

The giant violin-box hanging above ‘Parades’

It’s still not here, but it’s already kind of here

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

“No free left” for residents of a famous highrise

10 May 2011

Like an amoeba that changes shape even as you watch it, the barricades of Namma Metro shift and move as you go past it. Suddenly, old familiar roads are no-go areas as the work goes on underneath. And so it is at Minsk square in Bangalore, on Monday, as vehicles whizz past CTO towards the promised day, with Cubbon Road closed.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio

Remember the helmets when it rains (or shines)

At Anil Kumble circle, a sharp googly to KSCA

In the darkness of night, a ray of light at 19:12:30 hours

The biggest day in the history of Bangalore?

Do not try this at home (if you have a few bogies)

From the BEML end, right arm over the wicket

The giant violin-box hanging above ‘Parades’

It’s still not here, but it’s already kind of here

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

Remember the helmets when it rains (or shines)

28 March 2011

As the date for the rollout of Namma Metro nears, workers fix the roof at the Byappanahalli station, in Bangalore on Monday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio

At Anil Kumble circle, a sharp googly to KSCA

In the darkness of night, a ray of light at 19:12:30 hours

The biggest day in the history of Bangalore?

Do not try this at home (if you have a few bogies)

From the BEML end, right arm over the wicket

The giant violin-box hanging above ‘Parades’

It’s still not here, but it’s already kind of here

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

At Anil Kumble circle, a sharp googly to KSCA

8 February 2011

Although there is a lot that is similar between the two, there is one key difference between the Delhi Metro and the Bangalore Metro. It is not something that is immediately visible in this bird’s eye-view of the line. Let’s just say that the clue lies in the colour yellow.

So, the answer is…?

Photograph: Santosh R.G./ Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio:

 

In the darkness of night, a ray of light at 19:12:30 hours

The biggest day in the history of Bangalore?

Do not try this at home (if you have a few bogies)

From the BEML end, right arm over the wicket

The giant violin-box hanging above ‘Parades’

It’s still not here, but it’s already kind of here

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

In the darkness, a ray of light at 19:12:30 hours

23 January 2011

First they said the trial run would begin on Monday, 24 January 2011. Then they said it wouldn’t. But Namma Metro slithered silently along Mahatma Gandhi road, well ahead of schedule on Sunday, 23 January 2011 (top), after blue, white and red-helmeted technicians had attended to some repair work on the track at Ulsoor.

For the record, the top picture was shot at 30 seconds past 7.12 pm.

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio:

The biggest day in the history of Bangalore?

Do not try this at home (if you have a few bogies)

From the BEML end, right arm over the wicket

The giant violin-box hanging above ‘Parades’

It’s still not here, but it’s already kind of here

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans


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