puneeth: Bengaluru: When Puneeth Rajkumar refused fee for BMTC ambassador role | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The demise of Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar has come as a shock to the employees and enthusiasts of state-run Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC).
In 2019, BMTC roped in Puneeth as its brand ambassador for its campaign to promote public transport as well as Bus Priority Lane (BPL) on Outer Ring Road (KR Puram- Central Silk Board).
BMTC chairman NS Nandiesha Reddy, who was instrumental in bringing Rajkumar as BMTC’s ambassador, said: “I’m devastated. I don’t have any words. He didn’t even charge a single rupee from us. He told us it is his commitment to strengthen public transport and protect the environment by reducing pollution. He was really interested in BMTC’s activities and his involvement and appeal helped us attract more commuters, especially ridership on the Outer Ring road stretch for which he campaigned.”
In 2018, Puneeth was also roped-in by the transport department to mark ‘less traffic day’ on second Sundays to encourage public transport. His movies like Rana Vikrama were also shot at Namma Metro station.
Reddy who has known Puneeth for over two decades says they used to play badminton together regularly and describes the late actor as a ‘fitness freak’.
In fact, on the occasion of women’s day BMTC released a video which grew popular. In that video Puneeth lent his voice for women empowerment and spoke out against harassment of the opposite gender. On Friday after the news broke, BMTC and Namma Metro services remained normal and no untoward incidents were reported.

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