The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is all set to provide free bus service to people across Bengaluru “from any place to any place in the city” on August 15, as India marks 75 years of its independence. The day also celebrates 25 years of BMTC.
On August 15, 1997, the Bangalore Transport Service(BTS), a wing of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation(KSRTC), was established as a corporation and was renamed Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation(BMTC).
G. Sathyavathi, MD of BMTC says, “The corporation has achieved this milestone because of the patronage by Bengalureans. To mark the special occasion, we will provide free bus services on all the routes operated by BMTC. We want people of all age groups, including children, to experience the services”.
The free service is also aimed at encouraging people to explore the freedom of traveling in buses without any worry of safety. The toll of bus users in the city reduced from 50 lakhs in 2013-14 to 30 lakhs in 2022, the last two years becoming worse due to Covid-19. Owing to the same, the organization has become largely dependent on the state government for fuel and salary.
All types of buses such as ordinary, AC, and Volvo are said to run for free on August 15, 2022. Furthermore, BMTC will introduce the first of 300 large 12-meter buses on Sunday.