Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Citizens do the good, persuade BMTC to introduce two buses

Citizens do the good, persuade BMTC to introduce two buses
Reluctant to drive their cars all the way from their homes in the Sarjapur-Haralur belt to their offices in Electronics City...
SAHANA CHARAN


Residents of Bellandur have got Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to introduce two new routes in their area as part of their campaign to get more people to use public transport.
The services, 340Q and 341H, were introduced last week. The 340Q bus goes from St John's Hospital at Koramangala to Electronics City via Kasavanahalli and Hosa Road (Jail Road). The 341H bus goes from St John's Hospital to Electronics City via Haralur Road. The buses were introduced due to the persistence of Forward 150, a federation of around 25 resident associations covering Green Glen layout, Haralur, Kaikondrahalli, Kasavanahalli, Junnasandra, Dodda Kannalli, Ambalipura, Kadubeesanahalli, KPTCL Layout and Challaghatta.
Manjunath Madurappa, a Forward 150 member and Ambalipura resident, says, "So far, people in the Sarjapur-Haralur belt had no choice but to drive to their offices in Electronics City. Now, they have an alternative."
BMTC is doing its bit to popularise the services. Wilson Lobo, Depot Manager, HSR Layout says, "We are placing flex boards and putting up posters in the area. To persuade people to keep their cars at home, we have deployed high-end buses."
IT'S A GOOD RIDE
Murali Devaram, a resident of Reliable Residency, says, "So far, there was no bus from Haralur to Koramangala or Electronics City where I have my office. This service saves a lot of time."
IT professional Sudhakar Pai, who works with Logica, says, "I have been taking 341H for the last two days. I find it very convenient. I am happy to leave my car at home, as driving is very stressful."
THE SERVICES AND THE ROUTES
340Q
St John's Hospital, Jakkasandra, Agara, Kaikondrahalli, Kasavanahalli, Parappana Agrahara police station, New MICO Road, Hosur Road, Electronics City, Infosys parking lot, Shikaripalya.
341H
St.John's Hospital, Jakkasandra, Agara, Haralur, Kudlu, AECS Layout, Hosur Road Junction, Konappana Agrahara, Electronics City, Infosys parking lot, Shikaripalya.

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