Life without buses: Teacher live-streams class, carpooling a hit

Life without buses: Teacher live-streams class, carpooling a hit

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-07-25 21:42 Bengaluru: With KSRTC and BMTC remaining off roads owing to the indefinite strike call given by the public transport unions, the state government mobilised all resources at hand to make sure passengers are not inconvenienced. For example, government officials roped in South-Western Railway to tide over the crisis. On Monday, SWR officials ensured that all their trains running via Baiyyappanahalli, Whitefield, Carmelaram and Channasandra were provided with additional stoppage at these stations in both directions. Another important decision taken by both SWR and the state government was providing an additional stoppage for all the Mysuru trains in Nayandahalli, where the Mysuru Road-Baiyappanahalli Metro line begins. Due to this, thousands of commuters from Mysuru were able to reach the Majestic and Vidhana Soudha in a few minutes. Carpooling service a hitDemand for carpooling shot up by following the strike. Cab aggregators said they received several calls for carpooling instead of single occupancy services. This ensured that passengers could travel in affordable rates instead of footing the entire bill. Professor streams class live using appWith schools and colleges shut, a professor at Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain University used technology to good effect. Sachin Tantry, Head of the Department of Arts, held live-streamed his class using Periscope app.The response for the online classes was overwhelming, with 185 users/viewers accessing his class. Elated by the success of the ‘live’ class, professor Tantry is planning to use the app again. Private buses use BMTC/ KSRTC bus stationsOn Monday, majority of the passengers did not feel the heat of the strike as the state government had decided to allow private buses/mini buses into various bus stations.According to transport department officials, around 2,500 private stage carriers and mini buses were operated within the Bengaluru city limits and surrounding towns and villages. Exams postponed; schools, colleges to remain shutThe Union labour ministry postponed ITI semester 2 examination scheduled on Monday to Tuesday. With the strike set to continue on Tuesday too, examinations are expected to be postponed further.The Bangalore University Registrar (Evaluation) Prof. Suresh S Nadagaudar informed that the UG and PG examinations scheduled to be held on Tuesday had been postponed.Schools and colleges in the city will remain shut on Tuesday as well due to the bus strike which is set to continue on Tuesdayas well. Additional vehicles to be made available for serviceThe state transport department has decided to allow 87,500 vehicles, included stage carriers, special permit vehicles etc to operate across the state from Tuesday. “We want to ensure that public is not put to any difficulty due to the bandh,” said an officer. The state transport commissioner Ramegowda informed that he had written to his counter parts in Andhra, Telangana, Maharastra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to operate their respective buses in the border areas to ensure that locals are not inconvenienced.