BUS DAY and flip flop side of it - DiscussBMTC initiative to popularize the use of public transport has got mixed responses. The Bus-Day campaign (4th of every month, launched last year on Feb 2010, (hope i am correct)) has failed in many aspects. The reasons are plenty.
• The BMTC authorities should realize that introducing new routes is not the only service of the BMTC.
• The authorities should optimize their existing routes to the fullest.
• The drivers and conductors of certain routes are still exhibit unprofessional attitude and behave rudely with passengers. Route No# 234A, 234E- Ullal upanagar to market/majestic via Mysore road.
• BMTC authorities should conduct regular checks to ensure if the entry and exit points of the route are met. For example, Let's take Route number 223- from Malathahalli to Market via Mysore road. The designated route or the terminus is Market to Malathahalli (that is Balaji Layout). The bus never goes to the layout. Just stops at Malathahalli the driver/conductor citing the reason “no passengers"
• The authorities should conduct sudden checks on such errant drivers and conductors. More often than not, we have noticed inspectors queue up near Corporation circle, town hall, major strategic bus points of the city, which is incorrect.
• Extend the routes if other adjacent layouts have developed. For example, in Vijayanagar, the metro activity is going on and the traffic congestion is too much. Yet, you find Route number 75 plying from Malleswaram 18th cross to Vijayanagar as its last point, why cannot they extend. Why do the bmtc authorities allow these buses to be parked when you find the street already overcrowded. Likewise you find route number 59, 60A, 60E- all parked on either side of street. Added to that you find Volvos disrupting the traffic movement.
• THUMBSUP TO bmtc IF IT IS ABLE TOEXTEND ITS SERVIES TO AREAS THAT ARE POORLY CONNECTED, OPTIMIZE EXISTING ROUTES TO THE FULLEST.
You can find solution to most of the traffic problems, but one needs to think and plan effectively. Why would one want to risk their life by driving their own vehicle, when you know that driving in Bangalore traffic is crazy? If the BMTC authorities ensure that every area is possibly connected and they are utilizing the services in an optimum level, I am sure the number of people using the public transport would eventually increase.