Tuesday, September 01, 2009

'BMTC Mall' excites residents of Jayanagar

'BMTC Mall' excites residents of Jayanagar

With Volvo, Benz and Corona buses whizzing past, the
new facility promises to be a state-of-the-art experience

They say they are looking forward to experience the facilities at the TTMC

'BMTC Mall' excites residents of JayanagarAnanth Kumar, member of Parliament from Bangalore South, wants the Traffic and Transit Management Centres to be considered a mall.
"I have requested (transport minister) R Ashok to rename TTMCs as BMTC Mall," he said after the Jayanagar TTMC was inaugurated on Monday. "We are looking forward to have 10 more 'BMTC malls' like this in our city soon," he said. "A few years ago, BMTC bus stations were very old-fashioned, badly maintained. Now, we are going full steam ahead to modernize the bus stations. We are also planning to bring Volvo, Mercedes Benz and Corona buses."
"It will be great if we indeed get all the facilities the BMTC claims to offer through TTMCs," Pushpalatha K, a resident of Jayanagar, said. "Earlier, bus stands were in a mess. There were no proper displays about the routes and timings of buses. Bus stations lacked proper benches for commuters to sit while waiting for a bus," she said.
"Now, I am looking forward to visiting the Jayanagar bus station with so many facilities under one roof."
"I am quite excited about the facilities being provided in the Jayanagar bus station," Hemanth Shenoy, a student of Vijaya College and a resident of Jayanagar, said. "They have promised a library and cyber cafe at the bus station. The two will be helpful for students like me. If the plan is implemented properly, many commuters will throng the bus stations," he said. "But the greatest benefit of the TTMC will be that it will help ease traffic congestion. People with private vehicles will no longer need to run around scouting for place to park their vehicles. The TTMC has parking space. Hopefully, the sight of cars parked haphazardly on roads, creating hurdles to smooth flow of traffic, will no longer be a common sight. "
Officers associated with the JNNRUM said work on nine more TTMCs were progressing satisfactorily. "We have set July 2010 as the deadline for completing the nine TTMCs. Going by the pace at which the work is progressing, the Bannerghatta TTMC should be ready by February and the Domlur TTMC should be functional by June," an officer, who did not want to be named, said.


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