Kar­nataka trans­port au­thor­ity pro­poses al­ter­na­tive route from Ben­galuru to Ooty

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU/SOUTH -

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.

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