BMTC Paints Bangalore Town Red

TNN, Feb 19, 2012

There's a splash of red in town. Crimson red. It's not the Volvo, but the new-generation low-floored, passenger-friendly crimson red BMTC buses that have hit the roads. They are a makeover for the transport corporation and for the city itself. However, the simple blue and white buses will continue to ply.

In a first for Bangalore, BMTC has introduced technologically advanced and eco-friendly Bharat Stage four or Euro IV buses for ordinary passengers, painted in crimson red. So far, BS-3 or Euro-3 had been the environmental standard. Paint is not the only distinct feature - the vehicle has an electronic number display in front and on the rear side, making it easy for passengers to identify the route. The lights are brighter inside lending a brighter internal feel, a voice-announcing system, spacious seats and a low floor - all this by paying ordinary bus fare.

BMTC technical director S K Paramesh told TOI, "We have introduced 234 crimson red buses. We chose this colour instead of the Volvo red because it gives the bus a sophisticated look. Our idea was to brighten up bus services as well as the city."

BMTC has deployed these buses as part of its original plan to introduce 600 buses as replacement for the old, rickety ones. An additional 139 are set to be deployed soon as the transport corporation has March 31 as deadline to introduce 375 buses.

"Passengers have liked the colour and say the bus is noticeable. There is also a positive feedback about seats, lights and LED display boards. For an ordinary service, the comfort level is good," says Paramesh. BMTC officials said the engine being BS-4, emission levels are much lower. "Technology is such that the bus can be adapted even to Euro-5 standards."

The service is doing well in terms of profitability too. Deployed on some of the main routes such as Shivajinagar, Vijayanagar, Marathahalli, Koramangala and Yelahanka, more and more people are choosing the crimson red over ordinary blue buses for its feel-good factor. More areas will benefit when the next round of 139 buses hits the road.