Saturday, March 27, 2010

KSRTC opens swanky terminus

KSRTC opens swanky terminus
MIT S. UPADHYE
DC | BENGALURU



BUS STAND AT BYAPPANAHALLI CAN HANDLE UP TO 500 BUSES DAILY

A new swanky KSRTC bus terminus opened last week at Byappanahalli equipped to handle close to 500 buses a day.
The terminus is part of the KSRTC’s plans to decongest the Majestic area to make way for the Metro Rail, which will run through it.

Buses heading to Andhra Pradesh have already begun operating from the terminus. “Once the Majestic bus stand closes, the Byappanahalli stand will be able to handle more traffic,” D.N. Yadupathi, bus stand in-charge said.

Currently, only people going to Tirupathi, Kolar, Madanapalli, Bagepalli and Vijaywada can board their buses here. All Andhra Pradesh bound buses halt at the bus stop to pick up passengers as do buses running

to Chennai via Chittoor.
“The terminus is doing well. We have a small canteen facility and a reservation counter as well,” Mr Yadupathi added. While it is presently spread over 10 acres it may be expanded in future to make space for more buses, according to him.

KSRTC officials said with more such bus stations planned on the outskirts, the city centre could see less traffic in future. “Once the Majestic bus stand stops operating to make way for the Metro we will need to operate buses from these new stations that are coming up around the city,” an officer explained.

While a four-lane road leads to the new bus stand, passengers say the traffic around it needs to be better regulated. They are also unhappy with the frequency of buses, and the long delays they have to put up with.

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