Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bus Weeks, Bus Months ahead

Bus Weeks, Bus Months ahead
By: Chetan R Date: 2010-07-28 Place: Bangalore

Expect more changes this Bus Day. For one, Transport Minister R Ashok plans to take 100 visually challenged students on a ride this Bus Day.

What's more, IT employees who have heartily supported the Bus Day initiative, are keen on graduating to Bus Week and Bus Month.

The BBMT and IT companies supporting the initiative expect to reduce traffic congestion as well as pollution levels by encouraging citizens to give up personal transport and use BMTC buses instead.

Transport Minister R Ashok on Bus Day, which is observed on the fourth of every month.

"The Bus Day initiative has been a success so far.

We want to take it further," explained Vishwanath S, general secretary, Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA), a representative body of over 20 IT companies supporting the initiative.

"We want to extend the Bus Day initiative to Bus Weeks and even Bus Months." The BMTC, which began its Bus Day initiative in February, is in its sixth month.

"We have witnessed a considerable fall in private vehicles plying in city IT corridors on every Bus Day," said Vishwanath. "We expect a Bus Week or Bus Month to be as popular.

We believe that getting more people to use public transport should not merely be a one-day affair."

"That's a good proposal," said R Ashok, transport minister. "We will consider it after studying the feasibility of the proposal."


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