New routes are regularly being introduced by the BMTC. This irritates me no end since, we, the citizens of JP Nagar V Phase are not at the receiving end of these new bus routes. Forget new ones, even the old routes seem to have disappeared overnight. BMTC seems to have wiped out JP Nagar V Phase from their route-maps. There are plenty of bus shelters, beautiful ones at that, but no single bus passes that way. A number of representations and meetings (with officials) have proved futile.
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Travelling out from JP Nagar, you have a few buses, but coming back to JP Nagar is a nightmare. Alighting at the Bannerghatta Road stop, one needs to walk a long stretch to reach V Phase. We were adjusting without grumbling about the routes at 15th cross, though that again was a long walk – that too came to a stop with the never ending underpass work. To top it all, auto drivers refuse to come to this area unless you promise them to pay extra. Children going to school in BMTC buses are the most affected. Students carrying their extra baggage of the lunch box, the heavy bags, braving the sun and rain is a regular feature in the V Phase.
A number of celebrities reside just across the road. Politicians are not bothered about the hassles of the middle-class citizens living in the same area. Agreed, we do not expect them to travel in buses, but, given their power, I think that something can be done about the travails we are facing since we live in a power-abiding society.
It was believed that the buses were rerouted because drivers were finding it difficult to manoeuvre the buses at 3rd Phase. The BMTC and traffic police are clever enough to devise a suitable solution for this problem and urgent steps need to be taken. Please do not take the middle-class and the working class people for granted. We pay our taxes on time, we are law-abiding citizens and we have a right to demand this.
Elections over, we are back to square one, left to fend for ourselves with bare bus-shelters, long walks home from far off bus-stands, greedy autorickshaw drivers, no safety of our teenagers walking on lonely roads back from college, tired children and empty assurances of the winning parties. Living in JP Nagar V Phase is like living in the 1950s and now I know how my ancestors lived without buses.⊕