BANGALORE: With the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) shutting operations for nearly one month for seven hours per day starting March 11 for runway maintenance, it seems like Bangaloreans are exploring other travel options.
Be it for short distances or even long journeys to Mumbai, Pune and Madhya Pradesh, the KSRTC is the hottest option amongst many from the city. Second in line are the Railways, often not picked as a viable option for the long travel time, are now selling more tickets, even before summer begins.
Cashing in on this option, both private bus services and the KSRTC have introduced more number of buses and increased trips on regular routes too. “We have some spare buses that are now being withdrawn from their routine maintenance. We are now putting these buses on the roads to various hot locations and we also have spare buses that can be pulled out from the workshop immediately in emergency or tight situations. Interestingly, we have received advance bookings that go up to two weeks waiting period too,” said Channabasappa, Chief Marketing Manager, KSRTC.
Further, private bus service companies have also boosted operations by 20 per cent and made announcements a week back, owing to the BIAL maintenance plan.
The Railways have now advanced its usual summer schedule to please customers. “I was surprised to see that there were more than usual number of trains in the online schedule,” said Prachi Gupta, a customer.