Avoid taking private buses till Feb 5

Avoid taking private buses till Feb 5

Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2016-02-02 14:51 Bengaluru: If you don’t want to be inconvenienced, travel via private transport is best put off till Feb 5, the day when the Global Investors Meet in Bengaluru ends and the ban on the entry of private buses into the city will be lifted.The ban lasting from 7am to 10pm has been imposed by the government to keep pollution levels in check during the investors meet which will be held from Feb 3-5.The transport department has made alternative arrangements for those taking private transport by identifying six spots to pick up and drop passengers. The pick-up and drop places are: Tumkur Road (near International Exhibition Centre), NICE Road junction off Mysore Road, Attibele on Hosur Road, Nice Road on Kanakapura Road, Toll Plaza on KR Puram Road and Bagalur cross on Hebbal Road.The BMTC, too, is pressing into service several buses from these six points to drop passengers at various locations across the city. The transport department has formed special squads for the effective implementation of the ban.While the move may lead to less congestion, hundreds of passengers suffered as they were caught unawares by the ban, which forced private bus operators to change their pick up and drop points all over the city. A common complaint aired was that the transport department did not do a good job of advertising the ban. The worst sufferers were patients arriving for treatment at several well-known hospitals in the city.