The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which is incurring huge losses after Metro phase I was commissioned in the city, is rationalizing about 150-200 routes of several schedules a month.
Other than the Metro service, losses have been attributed to increase in private and own vehicles, car-pooling and cab services. Office goers too prefer to take the Metro and cabs and many others travel on their own.
To check further losses, the BMTC has taken steps to rationalize its routes after a study conducted by the officials on particular routes. According to BMTC sources, about 150 to 200 routes will be diverted in a month. A senior BMTC official said, “Rationalising routes is routine and a part of our job.
“We will reroute as per the demand. Sometimes politicians write to us about a need for operating buses on some routes and some routes will have to be changed as per the students’ demand. The corporation will not cancel routes but it will rationalize them,” he explained. Recently, V Ponnuraj, MD, BMTC, had confirmed that the corporation is withdrawing its services from low revenue generating routes to cut down its loss.
New Vayu Vajra services
BMTC on Wednesday introduced new Vayu Vajra services on Route no: KIAS-8E and KIAS-14. The bus will run between Kempegowda International Airport and Electronics City’s Wipro Gate (via Electronic city flyover). The BMTC will operate five schedules with 18 trips on this route and KIA to Meenakshi Mall (route no: KIAS-14). On the other route, it will operate four schedules with 24 trips.