BENGALURU: The increasing traffic congestion in the xity over the years has played havoc with the schedules of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and it has now undertaken a mega exercise to ensure 3,000 of its buses run on time, said BMTC MD V Ponnuraj.Top BMTC officials took part in a marathon interactive session with the media on Wednesday to highlight all aspects of the Corporation and to respond to queries.
“Out of the 6,000-plus schedules operated, 3,000 schedules have a run-time deviation,” Ponnuraj said. “Running time is completely off the track for more than 50% of the schedules. So, we are now going in for Running Time Rationalisation of them through our Integrated Transport System. Within two months, we will ensure buses run on time,” the MD said.
Chief Traffic Manager (Operations) Vishwanath K R said the average driving speed in the City has come down to 17 km per hour from the 20 km/hour that existed two years ago upsetting the timings of many buses. The operating cost for 2018-2019 worked out to `56.29 per km while the earning was only ` 51.38 per kilometre. This was an improvement from 2017-2018 when the operating cost was `56.29 per kilometre while the earnings stood at `50.85 per km, he added.