CHIEF Minister B S Yeddyurappa launched the Atal Sarige bus service at the National College Grounds here on Saturday.
Tribute to AB Vajpayee
The bus launch was part of the Yeddyurappa government’s first anniversary celebrations.
The newly introduced service is named after the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to pay tribute to ‘his vision and his caring attitude towards the poor,’ said BJP MP from Bangalore South, Ananth Kumar.
These buses would provide garment workers, construction workers and other labourers cheap travel options, he said.
Atal Sarige service would provide direct connectivity to areas populated by economically weaker sections, though everyone are allowed to take these buses. Fare in these buses will be 50 per cent of the ordinary bus fare. Out of the 25 buses proposed to be operated in the first phase of the scheme, six are ready and would ply from - Avalahalli BDA Layout to Banashankari Bus Station (6.5 km), Halasuru to Periyar Nagar Circle (9.2 km), MCTC Bus Station (Mysore Road) to Sunkadkatte (11 km), Nagavara to Indian Express Circle (7.6 km), Bomannahalli to Jayadeva Junction (9 km), Ullal Satellite Town to MCTC Bus Station (11 km).