People's problems

Ply city buses to Shivajinagar

Kempapura, which is home to a number of educational institutions, apartments and residential layouts and has a population of more than 12,000, has no BMTC bus service to Shivajinagar.

This will help those visiting Bowring Hospital and other places and also employees of offices in and around Vidhana Soudha as they can alight at Indian Express stop.

A bus service is needed from Coffee Board Layout at 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm and in the return direction from Shivajinagar at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm.
Moreover, there is no BMTC bus plying from this area between 11 am and 4 pm, forcing commuters to walk a distance of 2 km or hire an autorickshaw at exorbitant fare to reach Bellary Road for their onward journey.

Since this is a fast developing area of Bangalore North, connectivity to Bellary Road is very much necessary. The bus service will also reduce pressure on the roads and bring down pollution as people are more inclined to use BMTC services, provided they are regular.

Hari Kannaiah

Overcrowded city buses

Bus route 356CW from Silk Board to Electronics City is always overcrowded. The bus also does not maintain the frequency of one bus every five minutes as publicised.

Every bus in this route is jam-packed in the mornings/evenings and is frequently delayed for half an hour at the Silk Board junction as the conductor chooses to issue tickets here for about 80 passengers, crammed into a 50-seater bus. The BMTC collects an extra Rs 5 as toll charges for this route from passengers, but the passengers are loaded like cattle in the vehicle.

It may be best to have two standing conductors at Silk Board junction to issue tickets. But as and when the seating capacity is reached, buses should keep moving and allow the next bus to come and pick up passengers.

A citizen

BMTC services inadequate 

BMTC services are grossly inadequate in Bangalore. It is a common sight to see students with heavy bags, officegoers and others standing precariously on footboards of buses, while travelling to their destinations.

The transport sector should be liberalised and
private buses should be allowed to supplement BMTC services.
There should be a blanket ban on hiring of BMTC buses by private companies, especially IT companies, most of which can afford to hire private transport for their staff, instead of BMTC buses meant for the general public.

A resident

Extend bus services

It has been more than two years since the inauguration of Malleshpalya bus station near Vignan Nagar. However, the BMTC has not made any attempt to extend bus routes 314H and 314P to the newly construction bus station although the distance is not less than one kilometre.

Extension of the services will definitely help the office goers, patients visiting Medihope hospital, senior citizens and students in the areas surrounding Vignan Nagar. The newly introduced  bus route 314M from Banashankari is also terminating at Malleshpalya old bus station adding to the woes. The BMTC authorities should extend the services of these routes.

Harsha, Vignan Nagar
Violation  of traffic rule

In many roads, the Bangalore Traffic Police have installed 'no free left turn' boards and the letters are so small that the motorists never notice the boards. Traffic continues without stopping and many motorists drive at a break-neck speed creating the possibility of head-on collisions.

The two worst-affected sections are near the Manipal Hospital Junction and the Wind Tunnel Road Junction, both on Old Airport Road. Could the Traffic Police take necessary remedial steps to set the matters right before it is too late?

It is also observed that both the junctions are manned by traffic police but the violators are going scot free without either being hauled up or fined for violations. Pedestrians are also at great risk crossing the roads in such places.  

V Padmanabhan,
Rustam Bagh Main Road

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