At the monthly meeting of Mysore Grahakara Parishat, there was an interaction between the public and KSRTC officials on the problems faced by bus commuters.
According to a press release from MGP Secretary Dr M M Shenoy, KSRTC Divisional Controller Rama Murthy had agreed to attend but was unable to do so. In his place, Divisional Mechanical Engineer, KSRTC H T Veeresh, and Vijayanagar Depot Manager Mari Gowda participated in the discussion.
The public raised several issues such as abrupt discontinuation of buses from certain routes, non-availability of city bus facilities on the ring road, hurdles in obtaining monthly passes, bus shelters at faulty locations and absence of good connectivity to the railway station and suburban bus stand to the city bus stand.
Problems faced by women and girl students at peak hours and high prices charged by the shops in suburban bus stand. Instances of rude behaviour, rash driving, etc. were also brought to the notice of the officials. Several representations were submitted to them. The officials noted the grievances and assured remedies.
When asked if private vehicles could be permanently banned on Chamundi Hill and instead KSRTC could ferry pilgrims and tourists from the base of the hill to the top (such a system now operates only in the month of Aashada), Veeresh said that if the local administration and the police decide on such a move, KSRTC can provide the buses.
He quoted statistics to show that such a step would save an enormous amount of fuel and greatly reduce air pollution He also said that KSRTC buses could also pick up pilgrims and tourists from the Town Hall where a huge multi-storey parking lot is being built.