BENGALURU: Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike (BBPV) is a forum which advocates a city designed around buses as the primary form of transport.
It is aiming at bringing the bus back into public imagination and has launched ‘Janasnehi Bussigagi - Towards People Friendly Buses,’ the city’s very own two-month-long bus festival.
As part of the festival to be held this month and December, BBPV plans to hold various events. It also intends to trigger wider discussions on bus services and engage different urban community groups.
“The purpose of holding these activities is to engage people’s voices and experiences with bus mobility. We also hope to facilitate design proposals for bus interiors, bus-shelters and services put together in consultation with commuters,” said a member of the forum.
Through these events, BBPV will prepare a commuters’ manifesto in December. This manifesto will be presented to the state government for it to consider and make suitable allocations in the budget of 2015-16.
The forum launched an initiative on Sunday titled ‘Bussayana’ in which commuters can share short stories, poems and sketches made while travelling in buses. It is an attempt at being the country’s first crowd sourced project of its kind, the forum said. BBPV has invited bus commuters and BMTC employees to write in their short stories, poems and sketches and send it to them by November 25. Selected entries will then be published as a book and also uploaded to the internet.
Entries may be sent by post to - Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike, #122/4, Infantry Road, Bengaluru or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.