Towards a Walkable & Sustainable Bengaluru: An Accessibility Project for Indiranagar Metro Station
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) the agency responsible for coordinating the planning, design and construction of the metro rail alignment has approached EMBARQ India to analyze accessibility along Reach-1 of the metro rail, running between Baiyappanahalli to MG Road, Bangalore, India. Implementation of the elevated parts of Phase-1 has been divided into four reaches.
Reach-1 of the metro alignment consists of 6 stations along a 6 kilometers stretch. EMBARQ India in the process of developing a template to study the accessibility to the Metro Stations chose Indiranagar as the station to be taken up as the pilot project. The project comprises of two parts - the Safe Access design and the Development Control Regulations (DCR) proposal for Indiranagar station. The objective of the accessibility project is to analyze the access to public transit nodes and how they are affected by several ‘Urban Components’ that make up the urban settlements/neighborhoods such as; Physical, Economic, Institutional and Intangible. Each of these ‘Urban Components’ have a direct impact on the pedestrian networks that exist in a city and thus have a bearing on the accessibility to mass transit nodes such as bus stops and metro stations.