In search of direct acess

In search of direct acess

Hazardous Travel

With a majority of people in the City depending on BMTC buses to commute, it is important to have direct bus services to all areas, thereby connecting the different parts of the City well.

Poor facilities: Bangaloreans want all areas in the City to be well-connected. dh photo by S K Dinesh

However, this is not the case. There are many areas, where there are no direct
bus services.

One has to switch buses at Majestic, Market, Shivajinagar, etc.

Metrolife speaks to people, who commute the hard way on a daily basis, in the absence of direct bus services.

Namratha, a former IT professional, says, “I stay at Thyagarajnagar and from there, the bus facility is very limited. Every time we go out, we have to change buses at Majestic.

We don’t have bus services to even prominent areas like M G Road, Rajajinagar, Vijaynagar, Mysore Road, etc. When I was working, my office was located on Old Madras Road and it took me more than two hours to reach there.

If there was a direct bus, it would have taken me only 75 minutes. BMTC should
seriously try to make the City more connected.”

It takes a toll on those who have to do double shifts and travel on buses. Jayashree, says, “I stay near Padmanabhanagar.

We do not have direct bus services to many places like Indiranagar, BTM Layout, Vijaynagar, Malleswaram etc. This is very hard on us.

When I had admitted my grandmother to a hospital in Malleswaram, I had to go home twice to get her
food. And that was very difficult. It would be great if there are direct buses
connecting all areas of the City.”

Thrashika, an IT professional, proposes the idea of short and long distance buses in Bangalore.

She says, “I think the BMTC buses should have short and long distance buses. Long distance buses should be meant to connect, for example, South Bangalore to North Bangalore.

And short distance buses should connect all the areas within that part of the City. If this is done, travelling would be a lot easier. I stay at Banas-wadi, which is in North Bangalore. Every time, I have to travel to South Bangalore, it becomes a headache for me.”

C Nagaraj, chief traffic manager, BMTC, says “It is not possible to have all
the areas in the City well-connected. However, if one feels that there aren’t
sufficient buses from their area to other prominent areas, they can write a complaint to the BMTC office. And we will look into the issue.”

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