City buses find more patrons in Kolar

New facility introduced on three routes is an alternative to autorickshaws, say residents

The newly introduced city bus service has elicited enthusiastic response from all sections of society in Kolar. Students and homemakers alike are all praise for the service, given the exorbitant fare they had to fork out for autorickshaws.

The city service is now introduced on three routes. Till now, one had to shell out Rs 20 to Rs 75 to travel in the town. The city buses have brought down the travelling expense to a bare minimum of Rs 20.

“I had to pay at least Rs 50 to reach my house in Mahalakshmi extension from Government Boys’ College. Travelling by auto had become a nightmare since the drivers used to demand more fare. The city bus service has put a full stop to the trouble,” said C A Ramesh of Kannada Department in the college. He said he had stopped giving his two-wheeler for service to avoid using auto.

Ramesh said the service should not be stopped if it did not generate income at the expected level, as done earlier. The service should be operational as long as people come to know of the facility. “People will realise the benefit once they get used to city service,” he said.

The city service has come as a boon for students, particularly for those commuting from areas such as Vadagur gate, Tamaka, Gandhinagar and Devaraj Urs Medical College.

Hundreds of students come to educational institutions located in the heart of Kolar and reaching school/college had become a Herculean task for them.
 “It’s now easy for us to attend classes,” said Abhishek, Nagaraj and Puneeth, all students.

Rama, a homemaker, said she had to spend Rs 25 every time she travelled to her house in PC Extension from the new bus stand. She is happy that she can now travel the distance for just Rs five by city bus.

The suburban buses have come in handy for patients since a stop has been provided in front of the district hospital. Buses operating from new bus stand reach district hospital after passing through Domelight Circle. While it costs Rs 20 to come to the district hospital from new bus stand in an auto, the fare is only one-fourth - just Rs five in the city bus.

The commuting public suggest that the city bus stops should be located away from busy spots. They point out that the stops are usually situated at thoroughfares causing discomfort for the passengers. They also opine that widening of roads should be taken up on a priority basis to avoid traffic congestion.

Extending the city bus service up to eight kilometre on Chintamani and Srinivaspur road would benefit farmers too, they felt.
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