Karnataka transport authority proposes alternative route from Bengaluru to Ooty
THE Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has proposed to introduce an alternative route between Bengaluru and Ooty that is expected to reduce travel time by one and a half hours.
The agreement between KSRTC and Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation is likely to be signed in February this year.
As per the present agreement, 14 buses are being operated between Bengaluru and Ooty, seven from each corporation. The existing route from Bengaluru is via the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway. It passes through Mysuru via Nanjangudu, Gundlupet, Bandipur and Gudaluru. It’s a 310 km journey and takes eight and half hours. Out of seven buses, only two are allowed to do night journeys as the Forest Department has restricted the number of vehicles during the night jour ney through Bandipur.
The proposed route is Bengaluru-Krishnagiri-ThoppurAnthiyur-Sathyamangala-Metupalya-Ooty. This comes to around 360 km, 50 km more than the existing one.
However, since there will be no ghat section, travelling time will be reduced. The travel time in the new route will be seven hours as against 8 hours 30 minutes. This will also save fuel. Speaking to The New Indian
Express, Prabhakar Reddy, Divisional Controller, Bengaluru Central Division, said the narrow lane between Ooty and Gudaluru is a ghat section. This will take more time in travelling. With the proposed route, this ghat section will be avoided and thus travelling time will be saved.
“Also, this stretch will avoid the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway which sees bumper-tobumper traffic often, especially during weekends. By avoiding buses on the Mysuru-Bengaluru road, it will lessen the burden on that stretch,’’ Reddy pointed out.
Another advantage of this is that more buses can be operated even at night, as the proposed route does not have forest area. “The existing route has Bandipur forest area and there is restriction on the number of buses as it involves Forest Department permission. Out of 360 km in the proposed stretch, 150 km is on National Highway and it is tolled at Krishnagiri and Attibele,’’ Reddy said.
However, he said this plan will happen only if both the states agree.