Bengaluru: Metro customers need photo voltaic panels, higher design at new stations | Bengaluru Information
BENGALURU: While the first section (Yelachenahalli-Silk Institute) of Phase 2 of Namma Metro is scheduled to open on Thursday, passengers should focus on improving aesthetics and providing solar panels in new stations, according to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited. You feel that many stations look like godowns due to the lack of good design.
BMRCL officials said glass facades were not feasible, but they would equip five stations – Konanakunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajrahalli, Talaghattapura and Silk Institute – with solar panels in three months.
“Some of the newest stations near Konanakunte etc are just huge pillars that take up a lot of space for the public to use. Not sure why they want such structures. They never try to get out of building subways in Hyderabad Learning Delhi as they are much lighter and prettier (sic), “@jiboyv tweeted. @bengalurutrains wrote, “The view from Namma Metro is like a 10 to 20 year old BIT college building (sic).”
Many Bengalureans pointed out that subway stations in cities like Kochi have better looks and finishes.
Naresh V Narasimhan, Architect and Urban Planner, said: “Until now, Namma subway stations have been designed with an emphasis on technical efficiency. In the future, they could easily be imagined as cultural centers for local communities. Stations are not just about getting on and off trains. With a subway station arriving every 2km of the entire network, the BMRCL could consult local communities and set up cultural venues on its premises. ”
All new phase 2 stations should be solar powered: BMRCL
While Metro Rail companies in Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai and Chennai have installed solar panels to use renewable energy, BMRCL has yet to take such an initiative.
Sudk @SuddiK wrote on Twitter: “If the Delhi & Kochi metro can get its electricity needs from solar energy then why isn’t @nammametro planning to run the environment out and help it? (Sic).
BMRCL officials said they had decided that all new stations in phase 2 will have solar panels. “We are designing them so that solar energy can be used,” said an official.
In 2016, the company signed an agreement with ClearMax Solar to set up panels in the Byappanahalli and Peenya subway depots. However, it has yet to be turned into a reality. Officials said they would take steps to install solar panels in the two depots, with a total capacity of 1.8 MW. However, the BMRCL authorities said there were no plans to add the feature to existing stations.