About Sakuntala Narasimhan 69 Articles
Sakuntala Narasimhan is a Jayanagar based writer, musician and consumer activist.

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  1. when Govt wants the citizens to use the public transport, unfortunately after the unfair hike, travelling by two wheeler has become more ecomonical , for instance the charge from malleswaram to majestic is Rs 12/- for 4 KMS Due to unscientific and cleverly designed ‘STAGE FARE”, the two wheelers can go and come back with two people from the house to the destination and vice-versa, How can you expect the citizens to use ‘higllyl expensive public transport “.in states like Tamil nadu the minimum fare is Rs3/- upto 4-5 Kms

  2. when Govt wants the citizens to use the public transport, unfortunately after the unfair hike, travelling by two wheeler has become more ecomonical , for instance the charge from malleswaram to majestic is Rs 12/- for 4 KMS Due to unscientific and cleverly designed ‘STAGE FARE”, the two wheelers can go and come back with two people from the house to the destination and vice-versa, How can you expect the citizens to use ‘higllyl expensive public transport “.in states like Tamil nadu the minimum fare is Rs3/- upto 4-5 Kms

  3. Lack of leadership in governance is reflected in running the Government. Which ever Political outfit comes to power, they are led by the same old bureaucrats to sign on the dotted lines. Interestingly same old reasons for the hike is given since independence. The Minister should visit Kolkata, Mumbai or Chennai to find how the City transport rates are user friendly in spite of frequent changes in fuel rates.

  4. There are some basic things BMTC can concentrate there by improving the revenue and reduce operating costs

    a) 500 Series buses so many during mid day where majority of buses dont have enough passengers and this is VOLVO buses.

    b) After 7 PM there is no buses 500 series towards ITPL

    c) As every one mentions there should be chart which all bus drivers should allow and keep up the time. In cities like LA, we see the net for bus and then see the timings and then we plan our activities. This makes sure that we dont want to use personal cars and use public transport, there by increasing revenue and less traffic….

    But this is not case with BMTC. We cannot plan any of our activities. This can be corrected instead of giving silly reasons like Diesel increase.

    BMTC Pl wake up and take our suggestions seriously…

  5. There are many things they can do to modernise BMTC which can make them more efficient and also plug leaks. Installing GPS and opening up tracking for 3rd party would be a start. Even if they are off time they can be tracked and help more people.
    To give you an example, I look for a 500K near bellandur coming from ITPL every evening. Between 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM I get 0 to 2 buses with equal probability. I ask the conductor when getting down what time it left ITPL. The conductor is extremely dodgy and I get answers varying from 3:30 to 3:45PM. The timetable at mybmtc.com shows: 15:10, 15:45, 16:00, 16:55. Go figure. These days I take the newer Kengeri bus if that turns up and get down near PESIT and take a normal across Nayandahalli. Relying on just one route is absolutely fraught with trouble. BMTC realizes that and flooding certain routes is its answer to lack of inefficiency. Enabling tracking can not only enable them know who’s adhering to what timing, it can also help 3rd part developers design apps around it. Bus stops can also be equipped with display systems which tell you which are the next 5 buses headed that way. All these were promised for Jan 2012, then June 2012 and then Jan 2013 before they shut up for good. Maybe the union doesn’t want tracking which will mean accountability to time and not just collection?

  6. I thanks you for writing. I see educated people learning the habit to pay change to conductor and not purchase tickets. Conductors respond as if the revenue leaks belong to them, when being questioned.

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