Bangalore University’s bus service to make a comeback

It will cover varsity campus, and operate to and from the metro station

August 06, 2019 12:23 am | Updated 12:24 am IST - Bengaluru

Travelling to Bangalore University’s Jnana Bharathi campus has been a hurdle for students owing to insufficient bus services.

Travelling to Bangalore University’s Jnana Bharathi campus has been a hurdle for students owing to insufficient bus services.

Bangalore University (BU) is all set to reintroduce its bus service after a decade.

The varsity plans to bring the service back once the Namma Metro work to the university is completed, which is expected in around six months.

K.R. Venugopal, Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore University, told The Hindu : “University bus service will be integrated with the metro. We will purchase two or three buses that will go around the campus every 15 minutes and also to the metro station at regular intervals.”

Travelling to the Jnana Bharathi campus has been a hurdle for students owing to insufficient bus services.

The university area is a prominent education hub with the National Law School of India University, and other institutions located around it.

Most students board buses from the Kempegowda bus station to the university.

But they said that owing to insufficient or irregular services, many of them have been forced to rely on the metro service up to Nayandahalli or private transport.

University officials said that B. Thimme Gowda, former Vice-Chancellor, had written to the BMTC requesting an increase in the number of bus services to the university, but it had not been done till date.

Milana Neela, a second year M.Sc electronics media student, who travels from Tumakuru to BU, said it is a long wait to find a bus from Goraguntepalya to the university.

“I start at 7.30 a.m., board a bus from Tumakuru to Goraguntepalya, which is 70 km away and is a two-hour journey. Once I reach Goraguntepalya, I have to wait another 15 to 30 minutes to find a bus that goes to Kengeri, where I can get down near the university quarters.”

There have also been cases where students from other districts have dropped out owing to transport issues.

Shivaranjini decided to drop out after one semester of her M.Sc course. Coming from a village in Kolar, on a working day, she used to start her day around 7 a.m. and it took her three to four hours to reach the university. “I had to travel from my village to Kolar, where I had to take a bus to Majestic, and from there to the university. The travel used to be long and I would be drained out by the time I reached. Sometimes, when I found it difficult to find a bus, I had been late to class causing me to miss half an hour or so of a lecture,” she recalled.

Unavailability or shortage of transport is also a safety concern for students who stay back on campus for lab activities and other events.

BMTC officials maintained that there are 38 bus schedules passing through Bangalore University.

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