Bengaluru: Bus forum urges free BMTC rides for women | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Ahead of the state budget, Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike (BBPV) has demanded that the Karnataka government introduce free bus service for women on the lines of Delhi.
In a letter to chief minister BS Yedyiyurappa, the vedike has said that the initiative was highly successful and was a major relief for urban poor and made buses a more economical and competitive mode compared to other modes. The vedike, citing BMTC sources, said that the cost of allowing free travel for women would be about Rs 800 crore.
To encourage public transport and hassle-free movement, the vedike has sought quick implementation of city-wide bus priority lanes. The members said this would help reduce travel time and drive more commuters to opt for buses.
Besides demanding augmenting of bus fleet without adopting Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, the vedike has sought for improvement of non-motorised infrastructure. Installation of bike racks on all buses will allow greater integration with workers who rely on bicycles, a representation made to the CM said.

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