Monday, March 31, 2008

Vayu Vajra (Volvo) and 100 Suvarna Peak Hour

Vayu Vajra (Volvo) and 100 Suvarna Peak Hour
Bus to Devanahalli: BMTC flags green
DH News Service,Bangalore:
Theres a smooth turn in the connectivity problems of the Bengaluru Inter-national Airport (BIA), thanks to the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) which on Sunday flagged off a dedicated bus service to Devanahalli.

The dedicated service — comprising a fleet of 40 “Vayu Vajra” (Volvo) and 100 “Suvarna Peak Hour” buses — the first of its kind in the country connecting a city centre and its airport, was flagged off by Advisor to Governor P K H Tharakan in front of Vidhan Soudha.

The “Vayu Vajra” buses with a capacity of 30 seats have customised interiors with separate room for baggage within the cabin area. They will be operated on nine routes covering areas with high concentration of IT firms and centres of commerce, finance and industry like Electronic City, J P Nagar, Koramangala, Whitefield, HAL Airport, Jeevan Bhimanagar, MCTC Bus Station, Kempegowda Bus Station, Hebbal, Kendriya Vihar and Airport Trumpet Junction.

“In all, 26 pick-up points have been identified. There will be at least one Vayu Vajra service every 15 minutes. There may be more depending on the arrival-departure schedule at BIA,” BMTC Managing Director Upendra Tripathy told reporters. He added that “Suvarna” buses will only operate during mornings (8 am to 11 am) and evenings (5 pm to 9 pm).

Both the services would be made operational to coincide with BIA’s commissioning on May 11.

“Vayu Vajra” fares will be a maximum of Rs 200 and a minimum of Rs 70, while maximum and minimum “Suvarna” fares will be Rs 90 and Rs 20 respectively.

The Trumpet Inter-change shuttle service for connectivity between the Trumpet Interchange Bus terminal and the airport terminal; the hotel special bus service and electronic ticketing machines were also launched on the occasion.

1st Mile Connection
Meanwhile, a GPS taxi and auto pick-up service to pick up passengers from their residences/hotels to the nearest “Vayu Vajra” stop is on the anvil BMTC Chief Traffic Manager (Operations) Dastagir Shrieff said commuters can make use of this service, the 1st Mile Connection, by dialling to a BMTC Call Centre two or three days in advance.


*Vayu Vajra Volvos will ferry passengers from 26 points on nine routes to the airport.
One trip at least every 15 minutes.
Maximum fare Rs 200 and minimum Rs 70.
*Suvarna buses will ply in the morning (8 am to 11 am) and evening
(5 pm to 9 pm).
Maximum fare Rs 90 & minimum Rs 20.


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