'Cross' with the 'Mains'

'Cross' with the 'Mains'

Being an educational hub, Bangalore has students steadily pouring in from all over the country. But it is not an easy journey for these students who find Bangalore’s roads and lanes similar to a hedge maze.

“When I first came to Bangalore, I tried to use the bus service thinking it would be the best way to travel. But I was wrong.  The buses had the destinations written in Kannada which I can’t read. I have hopped into wrong buses, missed the stop I had to get off at and many times reached some other part of the city altogether,” says Poornima P, a student of PES College.

Most students rely on getting directions from bystanders or consult their smart phones. “I use Google maps to get me wherever I want. It knows the routes better than anything else,” says Rohith Thomas Mathew, a hotel management student at Christ University.

He finds the public transport system very confusing. “In most cities there are two bus stops on the both sides of the road; one that goes from destination A to B and the other one which comes back the same route. But in Bangalore this is missing in most places. There is no bus stop on the other side and if at all there is one, it is a different route altogether,” he says.

Many find it difficult to understand the ‘main’ and ‘cross’ system that Bangalore’s roads seem to be divided by. "Bangalore is a dicey place. Sometimes the crosses are mentioned as main and sometimes they are just missing. Once, somebody told me to get to 6th Cross of an area and after reaching there I found five boards in different lanes with each one proclaiming to be the sixth Cross. Sometimes even Google map gets confused and starts giving wrong directions. This system needs to be explained or simplified for people who are not from the city,” says Sonic Prabhudesai, an engineering student.

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