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Students of VKIT College waiting for the bus at Nalakhamba Bus stop.

IT’S A LONG WAIT FOR BMTC BUSES AT GOLLAHALLI-KUMBALGODU

By Kritika Arora

Bangalore, September 12, 2017 : Commuters wait for 20-30 minutes at Gollahali-Nalakhamba bus stop on a daily basis for BMTC buses to arrive.


Meghna, a seventh semester student of VKIT said,“My college gets over at 4:20 p.m. I have to wait for 30 minutes minimum to get a bus to Kengeri or Bapujinagara. Sometimes the wait gets prolonged to one hour or so. And the autodriver takes Rs. 70-80 for Kumbalgodu. So I choose to wait for the bus”.


Only two routes run out of Golahalli—226 and 226M. The first goes to KR Market and the second to Kempegowda Bus station. Apart from the residents, students from VKIT, BGS and other colleges use these routes daily to the Kumbalgodu Industrial area.

“Seven to eight buses cover this route daily”, says D Narayanswamy, a conductor with BMTC.


Nagendra, a resident of Gollahalli who commutes to his college located near KR Market said,“ I have to take a bus at 6:30 in the morning. If I get late and miss the bus, I will have to wait for 20-30 minutes.  I cannot take an auto everytime I get late. So often I reach late to the college.”  


Divisional Traffic Officer Traffic Transit Management Centre (TTMC) Shantinagar, Mr. VV Naik said, “There are around 6000 buses currently operating in Bangalore. We cannot have so many buses running in a remote area like Kumbalgodu. If one has to wait for 15-20 mins for a bus, that should be okay. But if there is a graver issue, I will get a physical survey done in the area and see what steps can be taken.”

“ It’s a last mile connectivity issue and having big BMTC buses till that part of Bangalore is under utilization of  resources of BMTC. Either we can have mini buses covering short routes or we can have big buses running on long routes but then long route buses will face frequency problems due to traffic jams. So we can come up with innovative ways to have last mile connectivity”, says Anirban Choudhury, Urban Planner and Chief Engineer , Whitefield.

 

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