20 Dec|Sat|2.30 – 4.30 PM|’Antha Bus Intha Bus’ -A Panel Discussion

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Bengaluru Bus Prayaanikara Vedike

invites you to

‘Antha Bus Intha Bus’

a panel discussion on graded bus services in the city

on Saturday, 20th Dec 2014 at 2.30 PM

at Vishranti Nilayam, Opp. The Hindu, Infantry Road

 Bengaluru Bus PrayanikaraVedike (BBPV) is a collective of commuters, progressive groups, other collectives and organisations. Formed in 2013, the Vedike has been campaigning for affordable fares, addressing sexual harassment in BMTC buses and better bus services in the city.

Route 335 services Whitefield and Majestic, servicing techies and also many other commuters who are not in the IT industry. But BMTC runs 47 AC buses in this route and only 12 ordinary buses! Many people keep waiting for a ordinary bus and if it does not come burn a hole in their pockets by taking the Volvo! Who needs the A/C Volvo buses in Bangalore city? Do passengers want a safe, clean bus with a assured seat or do they need a Volvo AC bus. Newspapers reports quote techies who say they don’t want Volvos because they are costly! Imagine then the fate of several ordinary bus commuters!

Why do we have such graded services in the city?

With the AC Volvo buses serving the IT corridors, the Atal Sarige servicing a few slums here and there and the ordinary buses serving the rest of the areas, BMTC seems to have become a graded service with different quality of service for different classes of people. Are we serving the mobility needs best through such graded services? Is this an inclusive and equitable approach for a public service?

Tomorrow if BWSSB says they will provide good quality water for people who can afford to pay and low quality water for those who cannot afford, will we keep quiet? Is it fair to have such separate classes in public service?

The BMTC bought many Marco Polo A/C buses a few years ago and decided to scrap all of them this year while at the same time, deciding to buy more Marcopolo buses. Who makes these decisions and on what basis?

There are many questions surrounding this state of affairs. BBPV is organizing a panel discussion “Antha Bus Intha Bus” on these issues on 13th Dec as part of the bus festival. We request you to join the discussion and share your opinions and suggestions.

The event will be held on Saturday, 20th Dec 2014 at 2.30 PM at Vishranti Nilayam, Infantry Road (opp ‘The Hindu’ newspaper’s office).

 Program Schedule

2.30 to 3.00 – Introduction to the topic by BBPV

3.00 to 3.15 – Comments and questions from the audience to the panel

3.15 to 4.05 – Panelists speak on the issue

4.05 to 4.30 – Open discussion

Panelists : Mr. Viswanath S, Founder Secretary, Outer Ring Road Companies Association, Dr. Sudhira H S, Founder Director, Gubbi Labs, Mr. S.Nagaraju, Joint Secretary, KSRTC Staff and Workers Federation, Representatives from BMTC.

For further details please contact: Shaheen Shasa  93412 58123 / Vinay Sreenivasa – 98805 95032

Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike, #122/4 Infantry Road, Bangalore – 1; bbpvedike@gmail.com