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Sorry, no bulky luggage on metro

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STRICT NO-NO:The draft rules also ban carrying inflammable or poisonous substances.

If you are planning to go out of town or coming into the city after a holiday, you will not be able to take Namma Metro if you are staggering under heavy luggage.

The draft Bangalore Metro Rail (Carriage and Ticket) Rules 2010 limit the weight of personal baggage to 15 kg. Rule 3 says: “No person shall, while travelling in metro railway, carry with him any goods other than a small baggage containing personal belongings not exceeding 60 cm by 45 cm by 25 cm in size and 15 kg in weight, except with the prior approval of the metro railway administration.”

Integration with airport

This rule comes at a time when there is a proposal to integrate Namma Metro with the proposed High Speed Rail Link to the international airport at the BRV Parade Grounds. The average free baggage allowed by various airlines is 20 kg per passenger, while the limit fixed for Namma Metro is 15 kg per passenger.

The draft carriage and ticketing rules also restrict carrying explosive substances, gases, petroleum and other inflammable liquids, inflammable solids and poisonous substances.

Those suffering from any infectious disease are barred from boarding Namma Metro. The diseases listed under Rule 7 include cerebro-spinal meningitis, chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, typhus fever, typhoid fever, whooping cough and chikungunya.

Ticketing

Contactless Smart Card (CSC), contactless smart token and group paper tickets are the three ticketing modes using which people can travel on Namma Metro, the rules state.

Bangalore Metro will offer two kinds of CSCs — Metro CSC having only contactless chip for ticketing application and the other Combo CSC combining Metro ticketing and banking applications. The Combo CSC is likely to be issued by the State Bank of India to its account holders in the form of debit cards, as the bank has been selected as its merchant acquirer bank.

As far as Metro CSC is concerned, the card will be issued with a minimum stored value of Rs. 100 and maximumof Rs. 1,100. During each journey, the stored value on this card reduces. One can recharge this card in multiples of Rs. 50.

Tourist tickets

Bangalore Metro will also issue tourist tickets, valid for a limit period, besides tickets for unlimited journeys and limited journeys. Initially, integrated Metro-bus tickets will be issued in human-readable format.

Any objection or suggestion to these Rules may be submitted to the Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department, before November 8.

ANIL KUMAR SASTRY

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