Wednesday, August 30, 2006

BMTC’s medicare a great hit

BMTC’s medicare a great hit
The Times of India

Bangalore: Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC) medicare special buses that have been on the roads for a week have seen good response.
Three mini-buses which span major hospitals — including government hospitals — in the city operate from 8.30 am to 7 pm, with a frequency of around two hours. These buses start at platform 1 at Kempegowda Bus Station.
The first bus covers St Martha’s Hospital, Mallya Hospital, NIMHANS, Kidwai Institute of Oncology, St John’s Medical College and Hospital and Narayana Hrudayalaya.
The second covers Bhagawan Mahavir Jain Hospital, Al-Ameen Hospital, Haji Sir Ismail Sait Ghosha Hospital, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, Manipal Hospital, Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences and Vaidehi Hospital.
The third bus covers Victoria Hospital, Vani Vila Hospital, KIMS, Bangalore Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Accident Hospital and Research Institute and Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology.
The fares are priced between Rs 3 and 8, making it affordable for even the poor. A long seat is also placed in each bus for patients who want to lie down.
* The ladies’ special bus has seen moderate response. BMTC officials plan to step up services and encourage women and children (under 12) to use these bright pink buses.
* Ring Road services to and from Uttarahalli with a 20-minute frequency has eased out commuting in the city. The route covers Banashankari, Padmanabhanagar, Chikkalasandra, Kadirehalli, Jayanagar and Monotype


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