Sunday, December 13, 2009

BMTC introduces new AC services

BMTC introduces new AC services

Staff Reporter
BANGALORE: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation has introduced the first set of low-floor Tata air-conditioned buses between Vishwapriyanagar in Begur and R.T. Nagar via Shivajinagar.

These buses, funded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), were flagged off by Bangalore South MLA M. Krishnappa at Vishwapriyanagar on Wednesday. Six buses have been deployed on the route (362B and 362C).

Vishwapriyanagar Residents’ Welfare Association president Ramanna, Begur gram panchayat member Lokesh and Panchayat president Padma Nagarajappa were present. The corporation has also decided to deploy these buses on six other routes as and when the buses are inducted into the fleet. The routes are HMT (Jalahalli) – J.P. Nagar; Kengeri – Yelahanka; Isro Layout – Vidyaranyapura; Gollarahatti – Banaswadi; Padmanabhanagar – Jalahalli and Channamanakere Achchukattu – Kadugodi.

The fares on these buses are a little more than the ordinary services, but are lower than the Vajra (Volvo) fares, said P.K. Garg, Managing Director (in-charge).

The corporation will buy 98 such buses under funds from the JNNURM.

The cost incurred for these buses is less than half of Volvo buses (around Rs. 30 lakh), Mr. Garg said.

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