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Metro helps popular places get more visitors

R Yohanjali

Better metro services has eased the travel for visitors.

Better connectivity provided by Namma Metro has led to an increase in footfalls in popular places around stations.
Visitors to the Government Aquarium in Cubbon Park have increased because of the Metro. “Now that the Metro has come, we have more visitors than before,” SJ Vikas, curator-in-charge of the aquarium, informed The Observer.  

The Cubbon Park Metro station is 550 metres from the aquarium. For people getting off at the station, the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery are also a short walk away. The Vidhana Soudha station, also on the Purple Line, is also at a walkable distance from the aquarium.

“We have 900 to 1,000 visitors on weekends and 200-300 on week days. Most visitors are youngsters who come along with their friends in the evening,” Vikas added.
“We travelled by Metro because we are new to Bengaluru. It is very convenient,” said a tourist from Hyderabad visiting the aquarium.

Another visitor said: “I am used to travelling by the Metro. I come to the park every week to relax.”
But a few people say Metro connectivity hasn’t helped to draw more visitors to their establishments.
Sadhana KA, senior curator of the museum, located on Kasturba Road, said: “I don’t know whether it has any impact. The number of visitors depends on the facilities we have. A lot of people come when a new thing is inaugurated.” The museum is estimated to get around 10 lakh visitors annually. “I don’t think the Metro has helped. People will come if something good is there. The transportation problem has been there for a long time,” Sadhana added.
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